Wrexham governors' reprieve 'is good news for schools'

Published date: 17 March 2014 |
Published by: Garth ApThomas 
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THE withdrawal of a request to replace governors at two struggling high schools will be good for both institutions, a governor says.

John Davies, Wrexham Council’s head of lifelong learning, had previously written to Welsh Education Minister Huw Lewis, asking that an interim executive board (IEB) replace governors at Rhosnesni High School and Ysgol Clywedog, which were both placed into special measures after poor inspections last year.

Last week, however, it was revealed Mr Davies had said in an information report that the request had been rescinded after progress was made at both schools.

The report said that rather than prolong the uncertainty over the future leadership of the schools the request to establish IEBs had been withdrawn.

Cllr Phil Wynn, a governor at Ysgol Clywedog, welcomed the latest development.

“I think that this is excellent news for both schools,”he  said.

“As a governor of Ysgol Clywedog, I believe the governing body is functioning well and gives support to the leadership team.”

Cllr Wynn praised the work of headteacher Martin Hulland, who has been in charge at the school since September 2012, and deputy head Amanda Davies, who came to Clywedog in January 2013.

“We are hopeful that we can come out of special measures later this year,” said Cllr Wynn.

“As a governing body we are up to the challenges ahead. The school is very much going in the right direction.

“I am confident that we are heading towards achieving better exam results in August. It takes time for new procedures to bed in.”

In terms of wider options being considered for the schools, three are on the table: to support both schools to improve while remaining in their current form; to create a through-school for three to 16-year-olds at either or both schools; or to combine them into a single through school for three to 16-year-olds with different phases of education on different sites.

Mr Davies’s report said the “strong and consistent message” arising from a public consultation on the options was that the council “should improve attainment and to move both schools out of an Estyn category before considering structural changes”.

That will be considered by council executive board members next month.

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