Rydal Penrhos Community

      The 21st Century places many demands on the young people of today and at Rydal Penrhos we make no apology for challenging our pupils too.

      We challenge our youngest Prep School pupil and the Upper Sixth Former about how to make a difference in the world, to discover their talents and be the best they can be.

      Such ambition for our pupils is not for the feint-hearted and needs the support of outstanding teaching, coaching, directing, mentoring and exemplary pastoral care.

      Our unique Rydal Penrhos learner programme, grounded in the latest educational research and very best practice, will provide staff and pupils with the means to grow intellectually, thrive socially and succeed academically

      We also provide Rydal Penrhos pupils with great choice: choice in the curriculum, choice in their subjects, choice in sport and activities and the choice of boarding and day, or the best of both in flexi-boarding.

      Few schools really can offer something for everyone but I am proud to be the Headmaster of one that does!

      Schools have a duty to prepare their young men and women for the world that awaits and our pupils leave as confident, compassionate and creative contributors to society, but we never overlook the importance of the present.

      School days fly by so very quickly and each child gets just one chance at a first-class education – we want them to be happy, inspired and successful here and now too.

      You can view our brand new prospectus here

      Our pupils’ international, national and regional successes, be it academic, musical, sporting or aesthetic, speak for themselves but we promote and celebrate participation as much as achievement.

      The ethos of the School is underpinned and informed by our Methodist Foundation. In Chapel we gather to listen and reflect, encouraging pupils to be mindful of the things that unite us as members of a close, supportive community.

      We recognise and promote service as much as leadership, how best to use our talents in support of others. The School’s thriving programme of community and charitable service, as well as the quality of relationships between pupils and staff, are testament to our ethos.

      As a prestigious BSA and MIST independent school, with numerous links to other schools, institutions and associations, we are fortunate to be able to share expertise and pool ideas, training and resources. We are lucky too to be part of our local community.

      The School occupies an important place in the life of the coastal town of Colwyn Bay. We are proud to be associated with this small and friendly town, its residents and resources, which complement our own extensive facilities.

      The pupils benefit too from a proud and active world-wide alumni Society keen to “give something back” and support new generations of the Rydal Penrhos family.

      Rydal Penrhos is a very special place in which to live, learn and achieve. A first-class education is so much greater than the sum of its parts and I warmly invite you to visit our school and to meet our pupils, who best embody all that Rydal Penrhos offers.

      About the Head

      Simon Smith arrived at Rydal Penrhos in January 2017 following six years at Haileybury as Deputy Head (Academic), where he taught History and was also a senior boarding house tutor, Year 7 tutor and refereed many football and rugby matches. Prior to Haileybury, Simon was at Worth School in Sussex for 11 years where he was Head of History and the IB Diploma Co-ordinator before joining the Senior Leadership Team as Director of Academic Administration.

      Simon gained a BA (Hons) in History and Economics from the University of York and studied for his PGCE at the same university while working at Bootham School. His first teaching post was at Hurstpierpoint College in Sussex. Simon has been a Governor at two prep schools as well as at Haileybury Turnford.

      Outside of school, Simon enjoys watching rugby at all levels and is often on the sidelines when his two teenage children are playing sport. The family spaniel, Nutmeg, is enjoying walks on the beach while Simon is tackling some rather hillier runs than he was used to in Hertfordshire! Simon is married to Karen and their two children have joined Rydal Penrhos in the Sixth Form and senior school. 

      Simon is also a Director of the Welsh independent Schools Council (WISC).