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Campaign launched to keep faith based education in Rhyl

Published date: 10 July 2013 |
Published by: Matt Jones 
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A CAMPAIGN has been launched to keep faith-based secondary education in Rhyl.

Plans to close Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School and merge it with Denbigh's St Brigid's school at a new location in Bodelwyddan or Rhuddlan are being explored by Denbighshire Council.

But parents and community leaders want the new high school, for the Catholic and Anglican community, built in Rhyl and have formed the Have Faith in Rhyl action group

Cllr Brian Blakeley, a member of the group, said: “The campaign to keep faith based secondary education in Rhyl is increasing in momentum.

“There is a very real possibility this school will not be built in Rhyl and we are asking that the local community gets behind the campaign to keep the new school in Rhyl.

“We feel removing a school of this size from the local community goes against the principals of regeneration. There will be a real negative impact for local businesses and the local economy if we loose a high school.

“We welcome the principle of a new faith based school, however we feel passionately that this should be in Rhyl and that Rhyl is tired of having investment removed.”

A consultation on the plans is ongoing until July 22.

Cllr Blakeley, vice chair of Denbighshire Council, said two thirds of children attending Blessed Edward Jones and St Brigid’s live in Rhyl.

He said: “Surely this fact alone suggests Rhyl as the most sensible and practical choice for a new faith based school.

“Keeping the new school in Rhyl is a sound environmental choice reducing transporting large numbers of children and this clearly also makes sense from a financial perspective.”

Concerns also inlcude traveling costs to parents’ evenings, sporting, musical and other school events.

A Denbighshire Council spokesman said: “As the formal consultation draws to a close, the promoters are urging all parents to make their voices heard.

“Since the start of the consultation Denbighshire Council, the Diocese of Wrexham and the Diocese of St Asaph have held consultation meetings for the parents of pupils attending Blessed Edward Jones, St Brigid’s School, Ysgol Mair, St Asaph VP, Ysgol Esgob Morgan and Ysgol Trefnant.

“Parents have been able to air their concerns and speak directly with representatives of the promoters. To date more than 200 response forms and more than 100 letters have been received in response to the consultation document, published on  June 2.”

The consultation and response form are available at www.denbighshire.gov.uk/modernisingeducation.

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