Headteacher's vision for new £25million school earmarked for Rhyl


Jamie Nield-Siddall

RHYL High School’s headteacher has spoke of her vision for the new multi-million pound school earmarked for the town.

Claire Armitstead (pictured) said the £25 million pound new build, which is being considered as part of Denbighshire County Council’s £97 million major investment in education, would mean “absolutely everything”.

Mrs Armitstead, said that not only would the brand new facility benefit all involved at the school, but she hopes that it would become the centre of the community.

“My big hope and dream for this new building is that it is a true community focused school,” she said.

“I want the school to be the centre of our community - where it will have community rooms in it, so people can come in and work together, maybe to do some adult training - so people see our school as theirs.

“We have learnt so much from our community - without their support we wouldn’t have been able to make the improvements we’ve made - so we need to pay them back.

“This is going to be an expensive building and for it to only be used for 38 weeks a year is ridiculous. You can’t have something of that cost and value standing empty - its got to be used by the whole community everyday, for as many hours as possible.”

Mrs Armitstead, added: “As a school we are taking our pupils above all expectations - but we are held back by the building.

“The pupils deserve something so special that shows them just what we think of them - and this building would do that.”

She said that the soft plans show that the new school, which would have facilities such as an FA standard football pitch and professional hockey pitch, would be built on the playing fields, and the original building would be demolished.

Denbighshire council said that the plans to invest £134 million in the county over the next five years is its most ambitious yet, but added that it is also achievable.

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