OPPOSITION to the proposed merger of two faith schools will lead to a recommendation that the scheme be scrapped.
The formal consultaion was published on Monday with recommendations to be published today.
Denbighshire County Council has proposed to close St Brigid’s School in Denbigh and Blessed Edward Jones in Rhyl, and open a new joint school on the existing sites.
The plan would be carried out in two phases.
The first part, to be carried out in 2014, would see one joint faith school run by one board of governors and for the schools to remain at their existing sites.
The second part would see both sites closed and a new school built at Bodelwyddan in five years time.
The opposition to the scheme was so great that council offers will recommend that pahse one be scrapped.
The recommendations will be made to the council cabinet meeting on Tuesday
Councillors will be told that phase one should not now go ahead.
They will then be asked if they wish to continue to work with the Catholic and Anglican Churches on a new school.
If councillors agree to this they will then be asked to open another consultation on opening a new faith school for north Denbighshire.
The proposals to merge the schools has been met with a vigorous campaign to keep St Brigid’s open, which has gained national media attention.
Denbighshire County Council carried out a formal consultation with all involved to gather their opinions on the proposals.
The consultation documents were sent out to over 1,600 people and groups.
The consultation recived an overwhelming response against the proposed merger.
On the question of whether there was support for the proposal there were 344 responses against and 44 in favour.
There was a broad welcome for the consultation from campaigners.
Anna Gresty, of St Brigid's Action Group, said: "Having read the council's summary of responses to this consultation, we weren't surprised at the overwhelming response against the proposals to merge St Brigid's School and Blessed Edward Jones as one school 12 miles apart.
“We would like to thank the many parents, staff, pupils and other interested parties for the considerable time and effort they have put in to ensuring that their voices are heard in this consultation process.
“The past year has been a tremendously unsettling time for staff and pupils and we pray that on Tuesday our elected representatives will listen to the overwhelming majority and shelve the merger."
Mrs Gresty added: "We would also like to thank Darren Millar and Ann Jones for securing written confirmation from the Education Minister that DCC could develop both sites, should they choose."
Tony Hannigan, chair of governors at St Brigid's School, added: "St Brigid's School is very pleased to have been told in a meeting with DCC officers that they have listened to our concerns and will recommend councillors drop plans for a "one school on two sites" model involving St Brigid's and BEJ in 2014.
“In times of financial austerity we remain concerned that DCC continues to pursue their expensive plans to build a completely new secondary school on a yet unidentified site and close both schools in 2018 against the clearly documented wishes of the vast majority of families from both schools.
“We feel that it would represent much greater value for money for the taxpayer to use the existing sites and build on their successes.
“St Brigid's School remains committed to continue talks with both DCC and the bishops to play our part in developing a high quality and sustainable education for pupils and families in Denbighshire.”