New Boarding parent information 2019
Each boarding house is in the care of a Housemaster/Housemistress (HoM).
New Boarding Information
For Rydal Penrhos School parents
At Rydal Penrhos School
Each boarding house is in the care of a Housemaster/Housemistress (HoM).
The boarding house should be considered as an extension of home, offering, as far as possible, the interest, discipline and moral guidance to supplement that which comes initially from parents.
Our youngest boarders board in study bedrooms with up to four beds.
All Sixth Form boarders enjoy single or double study bedrooms. Prep is done in the boarding house .
Details of our boarding houses:
Boys’ house (Hathaway)
Girls’ house (Edwards)
The email contact details for the house staff are shown above and, in addition, the duty member of staff can be contacted on:
Hathaway - 0044 (0) 7881747105
Edwards - 0044 (0) 7502413117
To and from Rydal Penrhos School
Airport Transport (for children travelling alone)
All flight information should be provided to our Transport Manager, Mr Phil Hilton by e-mail; email@example.com
Please include the following details:
• Departure and Arrival Airport
• Name of Airline
• Flight Number
• Date and time of arrival
Arrivals to UK: All flights must arrive before 20:00
The school will not provide transport for flights that are scheduled to land after 20:00 unless the flight has been delayed. Flights scheduled to arrive after 20:00 will necessitate in an overnight stay in an airport hotel (if the pupil is aged 18 or over) or, by appointment, with a local Guardian. Transport will then be arranged for the next morning.
Please notify the Transport Manager, no later than two weeks before arrival of the flight details e.g. airport, terminal, flight from, name of airline, flight number and time of arrival for transport to be arranged.
Transport will depart from Manchester airport at 11:00, 16:00 and 20:00 on the day prior to the start of term. The aim is to ensure that no pupil remains at the airport for more than two hours after arrival. Transport times from Liverpool airport will depend upon requirements.
The Transport Manager will be at Manchester airport on this day and can be contacted on +447793800419. Please note, the phone will be answered from 0700-1830 Monday to Friday. Otherwise, please text or e-mail out of these hours.
Departures from UK: No flight may be booked to leave before 10:00.
Flights must not be booked to leave the airport before 10:00 as pupils cannot leave from Boarding Houses before 06:30. If an earlier flight is required then we can arrange for alternative accommodation the night before. In this case, the School will also arrange transport to the accommodation.
Boarders must not leave School prior to the last day of term unless a written request has been submitted at least two weeks before the end of term. Please note that Open Morning and Speech Day require compulsory attendance and permission to be absent must be sought via the Head.
Cost per single transfer - £45.00 - £100.00 depending on number sharing transport.
Please note that an ‘out of hours’ pick up from an airport may lead to a higher transport cost. If this is the case, the school will notify you in advance.
Only 1 piece of hold luggage (max.25 kilos) and 1 piece of hand luggage will be permitted when transferring to and from the airport. It is the pupil’s responsibility to ensure bags are loaded onto the transport that takes you to and from the airport and that they are of the correct weight stipulated by the airline.
A bus place cannot be allocated and a passenger may not travel unless a request has been submitted with the correct flight details to the Transport Manager.
If you would like to book an airport transfer for your child, please contact Mr Hilton.
For Boarding parents
General Information for Boarding Pupils
Beginning of Term Arrangements
Pupils and parents should go direct to the appropriate boarding house on arrival at school and report to the Housemaster/Housemistress (HoM).
End of Term Arrangements
Parents are always informed about end of term arrangements, but should a problem arise involving travel, please inform the HoM. They are familiar with the routines, particularly if your child is travelling from overseas.
The school accepts that pupils travelling abroad may need to leave on the last day of term and prior permission is not required on these occasions. However, the summer half term holiday begins after Speech Day and, as with Open Morning, attendance at Speech Day is compulsory.
Junior Boarders (Years 7-11): Parents should ensure that at the beginning of each term, pupils are provided with sufficient pocket money to cover normal weekly expenses (around £10 per week is recommended). Ideally the allocated sum of money in small denomination notes should be handed to the HoM together with bank or building society cards for safe keeping. These can easily be made available for special purchases (e.g. birthday presents etc).
Parents are asked not to send money directly to junior boarding pupils during term. Instead, money can be deposited with the HoM (especially in the case of birthday money).
We would be grateful if grandparents and relatives are made aware of this ruling. We try to discourage pupils from carrying large sums of money on their person.
Sixth Formers are encouraged to manage their own finances and budget for themselves, but must deposit large sums of cash with their HoM. All boarding pupils have the option of using a personal safe in their room but, at all times, the school recommends that pupils limit the number of valuable items they bring to school which should be stored securely; the HoM is happy to help in this regard to ensure this is done correctly.
Lap-top computers and music devices are allowed but their use is subject to the house and school rules. Any pupil bringing electrical equipment into school is responsible for its safety and insurance. Under Health and Safety regulations this equipment must be tested and passed as being safe, once a year, and should display an approved sticker to support this. We cannot allow untested electrical equipment to be used within the school.
All electrical equipment must be fitted with a 3-pin plug which complies with UK regulations.
Compatible 3-pin leads with transformer attachments for both lap tops and mobile phone chargers are available for purchase locally.
Any piece of electrical equipment which does not comply with UK standards or which the school considers to be unnecessary will be removed from use. The item will be returned at the end of term so that the student can take it home.
Fully equipped snack-making facilities are available for pupils in every boarding house. The use of personal heaters, kettles, toasters, fridges etc for private use in bedrooms is therefore strictly prohibited.
For Boarding parents
Some Miscellaneous Points
Letters should be addressed to the pupil and sent to the house address.
Parcels should be addressed to the pupil and sent to the school address.
All items of uniform, including shoes and personal property must be clearly marked with your child’s name and a supply of spare nametapes given to the HoM. It is preferable to use ‘sew on’ labels as others tend to come off in the wash.
The school will provide appropriate bedding. If they wish to do so, boarding pupils may bring their own duvet covers and pillowcases - two sets of duvet covers and pillowcases are required.
Most boarders will have their own mobile phone. Pupils also have access to a school phone in all boarding houses. In an emergency, parents or guardians can always communicate with boarders via the HoM. Mobile phones for pupils in Years 7-11 are stored overnight with HoMs.
Boarders' Weekend Routine
At Rydal Penrhos School
Boarders’ Weekend Routine
Pupils may be granted permission to go on leave for either, or both, of Saturday and Sunday.
Unless they have a formal school commitment, including representative fixtures, boarding pupils may wear casual clothes during the weekend.
Full details of the weekend boarding routine, are published in a boarding house Handbook which each pupil will receive upon their arrival in September. Boarders will also be provided with a copy of the Weekend Activities Programme at the start of term.
Saturday Town Leave: Parents are reminded that only pupils in the Upper Sixth who are 18 years old are permitted into town on Saturday evenings from 8.00 – 10.30 p.m.
It is against UK Law for anyone under the age of 18 to buy or consume alcohol or to buy tobacco. Young people are normally asked by proprietors to produce some official identification as proof of age.
We believe that our most senior pupils should be allowed the freedom that town leave offers but it is essential for their well being and for the reputation of the school that this freedom is exercised with the utmost responsibility. This privilege will be removed from anyone who abuses it.
Social Outings: Occasionally HoMs may arrange social or cultural evening outings or meals with members of the house. This would not normally cost more than £20 and would be added to the school bill.
A ‘Leave’ is permission to be absent from school for a specified length of time. All school commitments, especially school fixtures and/or other Saturday matches must be fulfilled before leave can commence.
It is expected that the HoM will be informed about ‘leave’ arrangements by means of a ‘leave request form’, (http://rydalpenrhos.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/LEAVE_REQUEST_FORM_FOR_BOARDERS_1.pdf). This can be e-mailed (scanned copy as parental signature required) but please allow at least 72 hours notice when requesting leave. Wednesday evening, by 9.00pm, is the latest time that leave requests will be considered for the forthcoming weekend.
Of Rydal Penrhos boarders
In line with Home Office legislation, Rydal Penrhos, in promoting and safeguarding the welfare of every pupil, requires parents who do not live in the United Kingdom to appoint a UK based guardian to act on their behalf. This applies to all pupils in the school irrespective of age and their normal place of residence.
In practice, however, pupils from Europe often do not require a nominated Guardian but one can be appointed if the need arises. Pupils who normally return home for ALL school holidays, including half term breaks will not require a guardian. In the case of suspension from school or any other unforeseen emergency, there will be a school guardian available at short notice. This will be at an extra cost.
During term-time, the school is legally responsible for all pupils’ welfare and accepts responsibility on behalf of the parents. However, there are times such as the beginning and end of term, half-term breaks or if a child is suspended or expelled by the school, when the school must be able to hand over these parental responsibilities to another adult, sometimes at short notice.
An appropriate guardian must be resident in the UK. They may be a family member or relative, or a family friend over 25 years of age who is not a full-time student. If parents do not have such a contact in the UK, the school will assist them to identify and secure the services of a suitable guardian, either known to the school or provided by a reputable guardian organisation.
The Head must be notified in writing in advance if the pupil will be residing during term time under the care of someone other than a parent. To comply with Tier 4 visa regulations, the school is required to know the whereabouts of its pupils whilst they are in the UK, whether this be during term time or holidays.
Rydal Penrhos will only refer parents to individual guardians with whom the school has a long working relationship and can recommend or to guardianship organisations who have been accredited by AEGIS.
However, Rydal Penrhos cannot in any way be held responsible for the choice of guardian that parents make and parents must check carefully for themselves the suitability of any individual guardian or guardianship organisation they propose to use. Rydal Penrhos are able to appoint guardians on behalf of parents. All guardians used by the school are fully DBS checked and inspected by the school.
Should you require school to provide a guardian, please contact Sarah James, Guardian Co-ordinator firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.