Rydal Penrhos School


Chemistry at Rydal Penrhos School is not just a “flash in the pan” subject with a particular penchant for practical skills. We aim to discover the hidden secrets that the ancients could not see. The journey starts with a nucleus of an idea, orbiting around the concept, until we gain sufficient impetus to become highly charged about a particular subject. We then deviate along rainbow streets with chromatic colours and separate off into individual aspects of the course.

"The journey starts with a nucleus of an idea"
Nevertheless, it would not be the same if our travels did not take in the smoke and smells of ‘Flash Bang Alley’. Come and see, smell and experience what we have in store in Rydal Penrhos School’s Chemistry Department.

Why study Chemistry?

  • To stimulate and sustain the pupil’s interest in and enjoyment of chemistry
  • To stimulate and sustain the pupil’s interest in and capacity for learning in general
  • To develop the pupil’s problem solving, data-handling, evaluative thinking and practical abilities
  • To show some of the social, economic and environmental significance and consequences of chemistry
  • To provide pupils with a body of knowledge and understanding suitable for those who will go on to study chemistry and pharmacy at Higher Education and for those who will study medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, biochemistry, geology and environmental science


The department has three laboratories all fully ICT equipped with interactive white boards and a well-stocked Prep room.

Chemistry courses

All pupils take GCSE core and additional Science. Within this they are taught all three sciences by specialised teachers within the respective subject areas. Some pupils then go on to study separate Chemistry at GCSE. Pupils then have the opportunity to study Chemistry at AS/A or IB level. We have many pupils who successfully enter further education to study Medical, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences.

Head of Department
Mr M Pender BSc
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Chemistry teaching staff
Dr M Brown BSc, PhD
Dr G Roberts BSc, PhD
Mrs C Lavery BSc

Mrs C Davis

Site information

Rydal Penrhos School
Pwllycrochan Avenue
Colwyn Bay
LL29 7BT

Tel: +44 (0)1492 530 155 (Senior)
Tel: +44 (0)1492 530 381 (Prep)
Fax: +44 (0)1492 531 872

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