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Supporting Rydal Penrhos

Many people tell us how their experiences at school had a real impact on their lives, both personally and professionally. As a result, there is often the desire give something back. If this sounds like you, here are just some of the ways in which you can make a contribution to Rydal Penrhos...

Could you be a Careers Mentor?

Our former pupils have an incredible bank of knowledge and experience which, if shared, could be a tremendous asset to both current pupils and fellow alumni. Although Rydal Penrhos has a Careers Department, nothing can ever match the knowledge of someone with real experience in their chosen field. Our aim is to work alongside the school careers service to give pupils the opportunity to have their questions answered by people with a real understanding of their chosen occupation. This service will not be limited to current students however, as Mentors can also be available for those alumni who are just starting out on the career ladder, or those who are having a change of direction later in life. Anyone can be a Careers Mentor – all you need is to have a working knowledge of your field and be willing to offer advice and guidance to current and former students if required. If you can help, please contact Sarah Ritchie at the Rydal Penrhos Society.

Introducing the Annual Fund

October 2012 will see the launch of our first Annual Fund campaign. As with many independent schools, fee income alone is not enough to cover the costs of the extra equipment and opportunities which really complete the Rydal Penrhos experience. The Annual Fund is an appeal which will be made to all members of the Rydal Penrhos community – alumni, parents, staff, governors and friends – to support a number of worthwhile and achievable projects across the school. There will never be any obligation to give to the Annual Fund, however it provides an excellent opportunity to support projects which will benefit the students in school today and add real value to life at Rydal Penrhos. Full details of the Annual Fund will be published in October.

Your Legacy... Their Future It goes without saying that your loved ones should come first when you are thinking about writing your will. However, in leaving a gift to Rydal Penrhos you can help to ensure that future generations continue to benefit from the quality of education and the unique experience that Rydal Penrhos offers well into the future. Leaving a gift in your will is the perfect way for you to give something back to the school and, as we are a registered charity, the beneficiaries of your estate would gain from a reduction in inheritance tax. Not only are any gifts made to charities exempt from inheritance tax, new legislation introduced in April 2012 means that anyone leaving at least 10% of their estate to charity will have the inheritance tax due on the remaining amount reduced from 40% to 36%.

Obviously we hope that you will be with us for as long as possible, however there are steps that you can take in order to ensure that your wishes are met when the time comes. We would strongly recommend that you speak to a solicitor regarding making or changing your will.

We would be very grateful if you could inform us of your intention to remember Rydal Penrhos in your will. This will enable you to become a member of the Frederick Payne Society, and will give us the opportunity to thank you for your generosity.

The Frederick Payne Society Reverend Frederick Payne played a pivotal role in the founding of both Rydal and Penrhos. He founded Penrhos College in 1880, under the headship of Miss Wenn, before building himself a home in Colwyn Bay which he called Rydal Mount. Two years later, he sold this house to Thomas Osborn who founded his school there, keeping the original name. Frederick Payne then moved further up Pwllycrochan Avenue to a large house called Beecholme, which is still in use today as a boys’ boarding house. Frederick Payne bought further land in Colwyn Bay, on which he built a church. St John’s Wesleyan Church was completed in 1887 and was regularly used by Rydal School and Penrhos College. St John’s is now used by Rydal Penrhos for daily chapel.


‘[Penrhos College] owes more than one can say to the Rev. F. Payne, a Wesleyan Minister living in North Wales, and notable for his oldworld courtesy, as for his great ability and foresight. He saw the possibilities of the future when there was no village, still less town, of Colwyn Bay.’ Miss Rosa Hovey, Headmistress of Penrhos College 1894-1928

Reverend Frederick Payne had a vision for the education of young people in Colwyn Bay. By remembering Rydal Penrhos in your will, you can help us to ensure that this vision remains a reality for many years to come.

In becoming a member of the Frederick Payne Society you will receive VIP invitations to school events throughout the year (such as Speech Day and the Carol Service), and will be invited to attend an annual Benefactor’s Lunch with the Headmaster.

If you would like to find out more about leaving a gift to Rydal Penrhos in your will, please contact Sarah Ritchie at the Rydal Penrhos Society.

Rydal Penrhos Society Newsletter Issue 20  

Issue 20 of the Rydal Penrhos Society Newsletter