Parents have their say on school merger

Reporter:

Matt Jones

EVENING drop-in sessions will be held over plans to replace St Brigid’s School in Denbigh and Rhyl’s Blessed Edward Jones High School.

The schools will stay open for the next six years before being replaced by a joint faith-based school in Rhuddlan or Bodelwyddan.

Denbighshire Council, the Diocese of Wrexham and the Diocese of St Asaph are holding the sessions for parents of pupils at schools affected by the proposal.

Sessions will follow the format often used for school parents’ evenings to encourage as many parents as possible to share their views on the proposal.

No appointments are necessary but parents are advised not to leave it too late to ensure they have their say.

Cllr Eryl Williams, Denbighshire’s lead member for education, said: “This is an opportunity for parents from the affected schools to ask questions and get across
their views in a relaxed, informal setting.

“It’s important that they engage in the formal consultation process so that we can get as full a picture as possible of their thoughts on the proposal.

“We hope the ‘parents’ evening’ format will encourage as many parents as possible to come along.”

Consultation meetings have already taken place with teachers, staff and governors of Blessed Edward Jones and St Brigid’s School.

The focus of the consultation will now shift towards the views of parents of the two schools together with those of Ysgol Mair, St Asaph VP, Ysgol Esgob Morgan and Ysgol Trefnant; primary schools from which pupils often transfer to Blessed Edward Jones and St Brigid’s.

Experts from Denbighshire and the two Dioceses will be available to meet with parents to discuss their thoughts and answer individual questions.

The consultation is open until July 22 and is available at www.denbighshire.gov.uk/modernisingeducation.

The first drop in session took place at St Brigid’s School yesterday.

The remaining sessions will take place at:
Blessed Edward Jones, Rhyl - Wednesday, today, 5-8pm.
St Asaph Leisure Centre, St Asaph - Tuesday, July 2, 5-7pm.
Ysgol Mair, Rhyl, Wednesday, July 3, 5-7pm.

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