Parents to have their say over school’s future


Matt Jones

PARENTS will have their say on the future of Blessed Edward Jones High School at a meeting next week.

Denbighshire Council launched a consultation which could see the school merged with St Brigid’s in Denbigh at a new location as part of a review on faith-based education in the county.

But fears have been raised over the impact on costs and journey times for families if it is not built in Rhyl.

Rhyl town councillor Margaret McCarroll, said: “The accessibility of the school is the biggest issue.

“It needs to be accessible to the children of Rhyl and the surrounding area.

“It is important that there is a choice for parents to have faith-based education.

Funding could come through Denbighshire Council’s approved proposals under the Welsh Government 21’s Century Schools Programme which is set aside for new schools, remodelling or reconstruction of existing schools.

A consultation document sent out to parents said: “The council believes there are a number of issues which may create uncertainty for the school to maintain and improve standards over the next 10 years.

“Changes to the way education delivered together with concerns over the conditions of buildings in Rhyl and Denbigh has made all parties consider how best faith based education can be provided in the future.

“The educational standards at St Brigid’s are high and the performance of Blessed Edward Jones has improved considerably over recent years.

“At this stage no decisions have been made regarding any definite location for a new school.

“Without gaining the information at this stage around likely future demand and what would influence parents choice it would be premature to have a clear view on a single site.”

Proposals could see the amalgamation of the 11-16 elements of both schools with both schools operating on their existing sites until that time.

A spokesman for Denbighshire Council said: “The council is keen to stress that this is the beginning of a lengthy consultation process, beginning with this initial informal consultation.

“At this early stage of proposals no decision has been regarding a potential location for a new school should it emerge as the favoured option.”

The meetings will be held on January 9 and 10 but as the Journal went to press the exact times were yet to be decided.

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