A PLAN to rebuild Rhyl High School has been approved.
A business case for a formal application for the development of the school was given the green light earlier this week and it will see the replacement of the existing building on Grange Road.
The new school is set to be three stories high and include new PE and sports accommodation.
The complex will be built on part of the school playing-field and the existing building will be demolished while retaining the leisure centre which adjoins it.
An application was submitted following lengthy consultations with staff, pupils and residents.
Amendments were made to address concerns over traffic management and other issues
Headteacher Claire Armitstead said: “I can’t wait.
"We have moved from an underachieving school to an overachieving school where our children are brave enough to try harder and aim higher.
"I’m so proud of what we have achieved together and excited about what we can achieve next.
“The rebuild of our school is simply the icing on the cake. It reinforces to our children and our community just how much we value them and provides them with a learning environment where they have no academic limits.”
The new school project will enable Rhyl High School to accommodate up to 1200 pupils and house 45 pupils in Key Stage 3/4 from Ysgol Tir Morfa, a community special school in Rhyl.
The project aims to seek 50 per cent of the funds from the Welsh Government, meaning that a sum of £12,293,050 will be required from Denbighshire.
Ms Armitstead added: “Our school’s recovery has been a long journey but one worth every step."