Cabinet to consider consultation on new £23.8 million Catholic school in Rhyl


Suzanne Jordan

CABINET members will be asked to approve a formal consultation on proposals to create a brand new £23.8 million Catholic school in Rhyl, to replace the existing provision in the town.

Plans follow the agreement between the Diocese of Wrexham and Denbighshire County Council to progress an exciting new proposal - a development of a brand new aged three to 16 Catholic school in the town of Rhyl. This would be progressed as part of the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme to be delivered in partnership with the Welsh Government.

The new build would replace Ysgol Mair/ St Marys Catholic Primary and Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School on the same site. The school would open in September 2019.

If Denbighshire County Council Cabinet agreed to consult on the plans, the formal consultation would take place from February 14 until March 27 2017 and a report outlining the findings would presented to Cabinet before the summer.

The Diocese of Wrexham has confirmed its support to the project.

Councillor Eryl Williams, Denbighshire’s Cabinet Lead Member for Education said: “There have been very positive discussions with the Diocese of Wrexham and the schools to deliver this exciting project that would transform Catholic education for pupils in the Rhyl area.

“Whilst all parties involved are fully supportive of the proposal, the next step is to obtain Cabinet’s approval to consult on the proposal”.

The Bishop of Wrexham, the Rt. Rev’d Peter M. Brignall said: “After the disappointment that a joint Catholic/Anglican church school in north Denbighshire was not achievable, but with gratitude to all who worked on that project; I am delighted for what this new and exciting proposed venture would provide for those families wanting Catholic education and for the greater community that recognises its significant value in and to our society.”

Chair of Governors at Ysgol Mair, Gill Greenland said: "We welcome this wonderful and innovative opportunity for our children offering a common and nurturing ethos for all."

Chair of Governors at Blessed Edward Jones, Matthew Curtis added: “I look forward to leading our school community through this exciting time. We will also do all we can to help shape the development of this project."

Cabinet will meet at County Hall, Ruthin on Tuesday, January 24 at 10am.

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