Denbighshire parents vow to fight for school


Kirstie Dolphin

PARENTS, staff and Denbigh residents have found no answers to their questions during last week’s faith review meeting.

Denbighshire County Council and the Diocese of Wrexham and St Asaph have held various evening drop-in sessions over plans to replace St Brigid’s School in Denbigh and Rhyl’s Blessed Edward Jones High School.

Merith Shorter, from St Asaph, said: “It was amazing to see the amount of people interested in saving St Brigid’s School, there were over 300 people there.

“The meeting went well because we got across our questions and we presented a united front but they did not give solid answers, facts or figures on why they want to close it.

“It came across that they have a preferred option and keeping the school open in Denbigh was not it.

“Why destroy something that works? Why not help both schools rather than destroying them both and maybe have a new school in five years time.”

Ms Shorter has two children at the school who will be affected by any changes. Daniel is currently in nursery and Anna, is in year two.

She added: “A lot of families come to the school from all different backgrounds, it’s such a friendly and family environment.

“I wouldn’t want to send my child anywhere else, I would send them out of the area because what the school offers couldn’t be met anywhere else.”

The council has proposed a two-phase plan to open a joint faith school in 2014, to be lead by one governing body and based on their current sites.

The second phase proposes to close both sites in five years and open a new school in the Rhuddlan and Bodelwyddan area

Concerned parent Anna Gresty from Denbigh, who is a teacher in Chester, said: “The St Brigid’s family showed passion in the meeting but they (council) do not listen.

“They’re not interested, they made it clear that the new school will be nearer to Rhyl, they don’t care about Denbigh.

“If you look at the results within the school they are exceptionally high achieving.”

Anna said her son Jake, seven, who has heart problems has been welcomed into the St Brigid’s family and says she would not be able to find their ethos in any other school.

Anna is worried if the schools are merged Jake will not be able to lead a normal school life with the other pupils as he does now.

If plans are approved the schools will stay open for the next six years before being replaced by a joint faith-based school.

The consultation is open until July 22 and is available at

Three sessions have now been held, with the most recent being yesterday and the last session is today from 5pm until 7pm at Ysgol Mair, Rhyl.

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