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.