Ruthin Learning Experience
The structure of learning at Ruthin School is specifically designed to mirror a child’s age and maturity. Developing intellectual curiosity, the capacity to challenge, to learn independently and to reason are core to building successful academic outcomes.
A school must prepare its pupils for an increasingly challenging global market where rote learning and robotic learning are a hindrance rather than a help, especially at university. High academic results blended with soft skills are key. It is for these reasons that Sport, Drama, Art and Music are so beneficial – at school, at university and in future careers.
Forms 1-3 (Yrs 7-9) are important formative years. Every day pupils in these year groups have a wide ranging mix of enrichment activities or games to complement a broad academic timetable. Many are offered on a carousel basis so increasing the experiences gained over the three years.
Forms 4-5 (Yrs 10-11) are the two GCSE years. Although the emphasis on academic study increases pupils are still involved in sports and enrichment.
Lower and Upper Sixth – pupils typically study 4 A Levels in both years. Pupils benefit from the support of Mentors and Tutors, with the Mentors focussing on university applications (choice of degree and university, Personal Statement) and guiding and supporting in all academic areas, including BMAT, LNET and other examinations. Again pupils must take part in sport and other extra-curricular activities.
University preparation – our Cafe Culture
Ruthin School recognises that independent learning is essential to succeed at university and so too is time management. Too often the contrast between a very formal rigidly structured school and the more liberal environment of university can be very challenging for first year undergraduates. To bridge that gap our A Level pupils can choose to study either in their bedrooms or in our large cafe. This informal environment, with coffees, teas, herbal drinks, smoothies, ice cream and patisseries provided free allows for pupils to develop these vital learning skills and it is clear that this contributes to their superb academic results.
Music is seen a key academic discriminator and, as such, is strongly encouraged. Pupils applying to Ruthin School are at an advantage if offering music, either as an academic subject at GCSE or A Level or performance, including commitment to instrumental lessons.
Sport & Physical activity
A School has a responsibility to keep children fit and encourage a healthy lifestyle. Scientific evidence clearly shows that fitness has a positive affect on wellbeing, mental stamina and academic performance. Sport is delivered within the philosophy of enjoyment, participation and wellbeing.