Pupils have a chance to see the developments at their new schools.


Key stage 2 pupils from Ysgol Llanfair DC and Ysgol Carreg Emlyn have taken a sneaky peek at their new schools, as the building work progresses on the sites.

A new bilingual church school, in partnership with the Diocese of St Asaph, is being built on land opposite Bryn y Clwyd, Llanfair DC while in Clocaenog a new single site school for Ysgol Carreg Emlyn is being built to replace the current sites in Cyffylliog and Clocaenog.

Both schools are being funded through the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools programme, in partnership with investment from Denbighshire County Council, which forms part of a £90 million investment in Denbighshire schools.

Bodelwyddan-based Wynne Construction is the main contractor appointed to carry out the works at both schools.

Alison Hourihane, Business and Community Development Manager, Wynne Construction said: “We are delighted to welcome the pupils to visit the sites in Llanfair DC and Clocaenog. This has provided them with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with their new school and its surroundings.  During the tour, we also looked at the building plans and highlighted the types of construction skills involved in the build.  Pupils also had the opportunity to see the workforce in action”.

Both schools are expected to open in the summer term 2019.


Improvement works benefit students at Ysgol Bro Cinmeirch

Pupils in a Denbighshire school are benefiting from new teaching facilities after a classroom extension and improvement works.

A new classroom and toilets have been built at Ysgol Bro Cinmeirch, Llanrhaeadr, while improvements have also been made to existing classrooms.

Denbighshire County Council appointed Denbigh-based firm Adever Construction as the contractor for the scheme.

Cllr Huw Hilditch-Roberts, the Council’s lead member for Education, Children and Young People, and a former pupil at the school, said: “As one of the first pupils to attend the school back in 1987 I can see how these improved facilities will give pupils a better learning experience.

“This work really shows our commitment to this school and how it has grown over the years.

“Ensuring young people in Denbighshire have the best start in life is one of our priorities and this work compliments the investment we have made in building new schools throughout the county.”

The new classroom and toilets have been funded through savings made as part of the reduction in the use of temporary teaching accommodation across Denbighshire.

Sian Griffiths, acting headteacher at Ysgol Bro Cinmeirch, said: “The school and governing body are very pleased with the improvements.

“The works provide pupils with an improved learning environment, which the students will benefit from for years to come. I would like to thank the project team and Adever Construction for their hard work on the project.”

This project is in addition to the 21st Century Schools programme, funded by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government, which has provided a new school for Rhyl High School and Ysgol Tir Morfa, an extension and refurbishment of Ysgol Glan Clwyd in St Asaph and a new joint site for Rhos Street School and Ysgol Pen Barras in Ruthin.

Other work as part of the programme includes a seven-classroom extension and refurbishment at Bodnant Community School, Prestatyn, and a three-classroom extension and refurbishment at Ysgol Bro Dyfrdwy, Cynwyd.



Safer route to school for Ruthin primary pupils

A brand new footpath connecting two brand new schools on the outskirts of Ruthin to the town centre has been opened to the public. 

The work formed part of  Phase One of a Safe Routes in Communities project for Ruthin, with the construction of a shared use walking and cycling path between Denbigh Road and the Ruthin Memorial Fields car park.  These works also included a link from the path to the Glasdir housing estate, near to Ysgol Pen Barras and Rhos Street School.

Phase Two, which will see the route extended across Park Road, through Park Road car park and on to Clwyd Street will begin in the coming months.

safe route ruthin

The footpath linking Ysgol Pen Barras and Ysgol Rhos Street to the football/ cricket ground car park has been cleared and restored, as part of efforts to create a safer route to school for pupils, parents and guardians, as well as other members of the public.

Councillor Brian Jones, Cabinet Lead Member for Highways, Planning and Sustainable Travel, said: “We’re delighted to have been in a position to clear this stretch of footpath, to allow children and their parents and guardians a safe route linking the schools towards the town centre. We consulted and listened to views of the public and got the work underway as quickly as possible.

 “Now that phase one is complete, our attention will be to extend the safe route to school closer to the town centre, providing added safety for those who will be using the route”.


New logo for Christ the Word Catholic School revealed

The new logo for Christ the Word Catholic School in Rhyl has been revealed.

It was launched at the Year 7 open evening for the new £23million school, which will replace Ysgol Mair and Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School and is set to open in autumn 2019.

The school, which will cater for 420 full time pupils aged 3-11 and 500 pupils aged 11-16, is funded in partnership by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools Programme.

The school’s temporary governing body asked pupils at both schools for their ideas around the logo and these were developed by designers working closely with the governors.

After thorough consultation a design incorporating a dove, olive branch and a bible and highlighting the new school name, was agreed.

Gill Greenland, chair of the temporary governing body for Christ the Word, said: “The new logo was launched to parents and pupils at the successful open evening and we were delighted with the response. 

“It was great to see pupils who had developed the ideas being able to see their initial drawings taken forward as part of the new logo for Christ the Word.”


Cllr Huw Hilditch-Roberts, the Council’s lead member for Education, Children and Young People, said: “I’d like to thank the pupils for all the hard work they put into helping design the new logo for Christ the Word.

“The school’s construction is coming along very well and the fantastic new school will help us achieve our goal of providing modern school facilities across Denbighshire that further enhance pupils’ learning.”

Kier Construction has been appointed by the Council as the main contractor for the new school, which will be delivered for the Diocese of Wrexham.

The temporary governing body has also launched questionnaire around the new uniform which is available online https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CP9S39V

The closing date is November 7 and comments received will be presented to the governors as they decide what the new uniform will look like.