A CONSULTATION on plans for a new faith school has begun.
Denbighshire Council has launched the seven week consultation into proposals to create a new joint faith school for North Denbighshire replacing Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School in Rhyl and St Brigid’s in Denbigh.
Cllr Eryl Williams, Denbighshire's lead member for Education, said: “The driving force behind this proposal is to provide faith education of the highest quality for Denbighshire pupils.
"The Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools programme allocation for Denbighshire includes provision for a purpose built faith school for the North of Denbighshire.
"These funds have to be used to improve the quality of what we already provide and the way it is provided.
"The two schools are already performing well, but this proposal will be the first step in a plan to produce a new faith school in which pupils’ achievement can be even better.
"Our aim is to transform certain parts of what we have at present to bring them in line with the latest developments in educational provision."
If approved plans will see a new joint faith school created on the sites of both schools with a new name and headteacher, but would operate on the two existing sites.
The second phase would then see a new school building constructed, likely to be in the Boddelwyddan/Rhuddlan area, and all the pupils moved to the new site.
This would only happen if the first phase is implemented and then only after a separate formal consultation.
Denbighshire will be holding a number of drop-in events to allow parents to meet representatives from the council’s education teams, and education officers from the Dioceses of St Asaph and Wrexham.
The consultation ends on July 22 and the document and response forms are available on the School Organisation and Improvement section of the council’s website at www.denbighshire.gov.uk/modernisingeducation.