Rydal Penrhos School


Mathematics at Rydal Penrhos School is a thriving and successful subject due primarily to the drive, enthusiasm and commitment shown by the staff. Broadly speaking, the aims of the department are to develop, maintain and stimulate pupils’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment of the subject by expanding their understanding of mathematics in its widest context, and showing how it relates to life outside of school. By teaching in a meaningful context, we aim to provide opportunities for the pupils to use their skills creatively, through problem solving and investigation.

Mathematics is a popular choice at A-level, and for the more able, the option of an additional A-level in Further Mathematics provides plenty of extension and challenge. For the International Baccalaureate, there is a choice of three mathematics options, so that pupils of widely differing abilities can be catered for.

The department enters many pupils for the UK Schools Mathematics Challenges at Junior, Intermediate and Senior level, at various times throughout the year.


GCSE: All pupils take GCSE Mathematics either via a linear or modular course, using the Edexcel examination board. Typically, top sets are accelerated to GCSE early, and then tackle the more demanding Additional Mathematics course, in order to better prepare for Sixth form courses.

IGCSE: A slightly more demanding alternative to GCSE, usually offered as a one year course for pupils coming into Year 11.

Additional Mathematics: A one year course for accelerated pupils, which provides a more thorough and rigorous preparation for Sixth form study of mathematics.

AS/A-level: Many pupils opt for AS/A -level Mathematics, where two core mathematics modules and one application module are taken in the Lower Sixth.

A-level: A popular choice, where a further two core mathematics modules and another application module are taken in the Upper Sixth to make up the full A-level.

Further Mathematics A-level: Pupils complete the A-level course in the Lower Sixth and then go on to take the Further Mathematics A-level in the Upper Sixth.

International Baccalaureate: Three courses are on offer; two at Standard Level and one at Higher Level.

  • Mathematical Studies (SL): A course designed for pupils whose mathematical ability is not strong, or for those who will not need knowledge of advanced mathmetical techniques at university and beyond.
  • Mathematics Standard Level (SL): A more demanding course designed for pupils with good mathematical skills, comprising most of the A-level topics.
  • Mathematics Higher Level (HL): A demanding course for the able mathematician with a very keen interest in the subject, who may be progressing on to a mathematics related course at university.


The department has a suite of six classrooms and all have networked computer access to the Internet and interactive whiteboard facilities, which enable staff to teach in a variety of styles. Up-to-date textbooks are used across all key stages and access to a well equipped Learning Resource Centre is also available.

Head of Department
Mr P Richmond BSc
Email Mr Richmond

Mathematics teaching staff
Mr T Cashell BEd
Mrs R Williams BA
Miss F Lloyd BA
Miss H Freeman BA Leeds
Mr P Russell BA
Dr J Lewis BSc
Mr D Baker BSc

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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