HOWELL’S School in Denbigh is open for the community and alive with learning students.
The school closed in August 2013 – but the 150-year-old building has not closed its doors to the residents of Denbighshire or students from across the world.
The historic building is now operating as The Foundation of Howell’s Denbigh and will continue to be used as an educational facility and boarding to more than 4,000 students in 2014.
Following the sale of Howell’s Preparatory School, Paul Gibson, the estate manager, the new face of the school, said he wants residents to know the main school buildings are in use and open for the community.
Mr Gibson said: “The Howell’s estate is such an important part of Denbigh’s heritage and its history and I am committed along with its owners to continue with the maintenance and up keep of its beautiful buildings and grounds.
“Denbigh does not need another North Wales Hospital and I can reassure the good people of Denbigh this won’t be the case with the Howell’s Estate.”
200 children visited the school over the winter using classrooms, diningroom, the great hall, sports hall and boarding houses.
Last week the school has an Italian school group boarding and learning English.
Later this month a group from Russia will be staying there and a French group in April.
Mr Gibson said: “We have already sold over 20,000 bed nights for 2014 and continue to sell with weekly show rounds of the facilities to schools, orchestras, dance groups, sport groups etc.
“All of the groups love the town of Denbigh; they love our school and the fresh air.
“It’s great to see the school is still operating and educating children from all background and we have some teaching staff who have been working with us for over 10 years, all involved in the smooth running of these educational courses.”
The school also welcomes local community groups to hire out any of the facilities available at the school.
The sports hall is currently hired by Denbigh Rugby Club, Denbigh Football Club and Verb Sports, which promotes good health for children to stay off the streets.
Mr Gibson said: “Our resident schools and groups are very good for the local economy of the town it’s where they spend their money and the more visitors that come to the town the better for everyone as it keeps the place alive.
“The town becomes more vibrant during the simmer months when the larger groups arrive and it’s great to have foreign students visit Denbigh, it’s what the town needs, more tourism which in turn creates jobs and wealth locally.”
If any local groups are interested in hiring any of the facilities at The Foundation of Howell’s Denbigh contact Mr Gibson on 07818110314.