Rhyl Catholic high school to be replaced in six years

Reporter:

Matt Jones

RHYL’S Blessed Edward Jones High School will stay open for the next six years before being replaced by a faith-based school in Rhuddlan or Bodelwyddan.

Denbighshire Council’s cabinet members voted yesterday morning to push ahead with a two-phase plan to merge St Brigid’s School in Denbigh and Blessed Edward Jones Catholic School.

A consultation will now be launched for the opening of a joint faith school with a start dateof  September 1, 2014, to be led by one governing body and with both schools remaining on their current sites.

The second phase will see both sites closed within five years and replaced by a new school in the Rhuddlan or Bodelwyddan area.

A new consultation, to start no later than the summer of 2015, will be launched on the site of the new school and, if approved, construction will start during the 2016/17 financial year.

A survey of more than 600 parents with children at Blessed Edward Jones found they wanted the school built in Rhyl after fears were raised over costs and journey times for families.

The provision of primary education will also be looked at the new site.

The Catholic and Church in Wales Diocesan Authorities, bishops and the schools have been working with Denbighshire on the potential for a single school.

A report to the cabinet said: “The council was clear at the commencement of the consultation that they held concerns about the sustainability of the existing status quo for faith-based education in North Denbighshire and that change was essential to ensure faith-based provision was maintained in the area.”

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