Shake-up of schools under fire for being 'rushed' through

Published date: 07 January 2014 |
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PROPOSALS to shake-up two struggling schools are being rushed, two community leaders claim.

County councillors Alun Jenkins and Phil Wynn raised the issue at a meeting of Offa Community Council, which is close to the two Wrexham schools in question – Ysgol Clywedog and Rhosnesni High.

Cllr Jenkins, a retired physics teacher, said: “The proposals are too important to be rushed.

”Community Council was told that the issue [which was] due to have been discussed this month is now to be deferred to a later date."

The three options being considered are:

l Supporting and challenging both schools to improve while remaining in their current form.

l Creating a through-school for three to 16-year-olds at either or both schools.

l Combining them into a single through school for three to 16-year-olds with different phases of education on different sites.

Cllr Jenkins queried what would happen if the board decided on having a three-to-16-years intake to the existing primary schools in Offa, which take in pupils up to 11 years’ old.

Some parents, he said, could face a longer distance taking their children to school.

“This is one of the issues which I don’t think the authority has given consideration to,” he said.

Cllr Wynn, a governor of Ysgol Clywedog, said since the proposals were announced the governors and staff of both schools had been left in a state of limbo.

He said a new head and deputy had been in place only a year and he was confident they would turn the school around.

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