Consultation Regarding the Amalgamation of Chirk Infants and Ceiriog Juniors

Wrexham County Borough Council is proposing to establish a Community Primary School in Chirk. It will be established through amalgamation of Chirk Infants and Ceiriog Juniors. The purpose of this consultation is to establish the views of the community, potential users and other important stakeholders.

Since 2005 Wrexham Council, as part of the Primary Review, has sought consultation on the amalgamation of existing infant and junior schools. We have attempted to do this at a time when it would would have the minimum disruption for example when one headteacher retires.

The Headteacher at Ceiriog Juniors retired in December 2010. An acting Headteacher is in post. There is a Headteacher in post at Chirk Infants. The Headteacher at Chirk Infants is currently seconded to the authority will return to school in September 2011.

Subject to the outcome of public consultation it is anticipated that the new school will open in September 2012 at the latest.


Frequently Asked Questions about the Consultation Regarding the Amalgamation of Chirk Infants and Ceiriog Juniors


Can you explain the consultation process?

A series of meetings have been held to discuss school provision in the Chirk area. We will also be using the internet to gather people's views.

You are welcome to ask questions and let us have your views at these meetings, respond online or to put your response in writing.

Letters of response should be sent to Dafydd Ifans, Senior School Improvement officer, 16 Lord Street, Wrexham LL11 1LG by the 29th September 2011.

Your views will be taken into account by the Executive Board of the Council at a meeting to be held in October when a decision will be made about whether or not to publish statutory notices.

If a decision is taken to proceed with proposals it is likely that the statutory notices will be published in September 2011.

Notices will appear in the Wrexham Leader and on notice boards adjacent to Chirk Infants on Chapel Lane and Ceiriog Juniors on Lloyd's Lane in Chirk.

Once notices are published there is a one month period to respond in writing. This is the statutory period for objections. Objections should be sent in writing to Dafydd Ifans, Senior School Improvement officer, 16 Lord Street, Wrexham LL11 1LG

If there are no objections, the proposal will be determined by the Executive Board of the Council two months after the date of publication of the notice.

If there are objections then the Welsh Minsters will determine the proposals. The LA/Promoters will have two weeks from the end of the objection period in which to let the Welsh Ministers have comments on the objections.

The Welsh Minister's decision can be expected around 3 months following the submission of objections and comments to them.

How can I have my say on this consultation?

Please respond online below or to put your response in writing.

Letters of response should be sent to Dafydd Ifans, Senior School Improvement officer, 16 Lord Street, Wrexham LL11 1LG by the 29th September 2011.

Who is being consulted?

We are consulting with the community, potential users and other important stakeholders. We have held meetings for pupils, parents, staff and governors at Chirk Infants and Ceiriog Juniors as it is these groups who are most likely to be directly affected. We will also visit Playgroups in the area.

Why do the Council want to amalgamate the two schools?

From 2005 the Authority has embarked on a programme of amalgamations of infant and junior school as part of the Primary review. Thus far 10 amalgamations have taken place. Three sets of infant and junior schools remain.

How successful have the amalgamations been?

Amalgamated schools Wrexham have been achieved a number important objectives. A real benefit for parents and pupils has been the removal of a transition point in a child's education. Research shows that transition points in a child's education can be disruptive and must be managed carefully if standards are to be maintained. For this reason a removal of a transition point can be beneficial for pupils.

Amalgamations have enabled governing bodies to bring previously separate staff groups together in order to work on issues jointly. The requirement for one headteacher instead of two also brings with it a significant financial saving which can be used to further support improving pupil outcomes.

Will there be a new school built?

Initially, the school will continue on separate sites as most previous amalgamations have done. The Council are committed to addressing the issue of separate sites and when funding allows are systematically replacing existing provision with a purpose built one site primary school. This, however, takes a number of years.

How might the new school impact on my child's education?

Initially the amalgamation may appear to make little difference in terms of staffing and where your child receives their education. An amalgamated school would have one headteacher. This means the school will have one vision and a shared ethos. This will make transition from infant to junior even more effective. Examples of this could include whole school agreement on matters such as planning, assessment and discipline.

How large will the teaching groups be?

Teaching groups have a statutory limit of 30 pupils in the infant classes. Welsh Assembly Government funding is provided in order to ensure that Junior pupils are also in classes of 30 or less.

How will the school be governed?

A single governing body would govern the Primary school. Initially a temporary governing body made up of governors from the two existing governing bodies will be set up.

How will the school be staffed?

Appointments to the new school will be the responsibility of the temporary governing body. It is expected that both teaching and non-teaching staff would transfer to the new school. Senior staff such as the Headteacher and any Deputy Heads may have to be advertised nationally.

What facilities will the new school have for pupils?

Initially facilities will remain the same on the two sites. If a new school is built it will have the facilities that latest research indicates delivers the most effective education to pupils. This includes ICT provision that facilitates the use of research skills and learning, flexible learning zones that can change their configuration for different learning styles and opportunities, an extensive outdoor learning environment along with an energy efficient building. It will also be able to provide wrap around care provision for pupils.

What facilities will the new school have for the community?

We are committed to making schools an integral part of the community they serve. In any new build there will be space incorporated into the building for community groups to access during the school day and outside usual school hours.

It is important to note however, that the proposal is for a single school on two sites and that any capital build would be dependant on future funding from external sources.

How will the Local Authority ensure that traffic is managed appropriately and pupils have a safe walking route to school?

The safe routes to school agenda will be fully considered during the consultation process. Depending on the outcome of consultation it will also be included at any further planning stages.


Do you have a question that needs answering? Please email us ChirkAmalgamationConsultation@wrexham.gov.uk or you can write to us at:

Wrexham County Borough Council
16 Lord Street
Wrexham
LL11 1LG

Statutory Notice to Discontinue Chirk Infant School and Ceiriog Junior School and to Establish a New Community Primary School

The document is available to download in the following format:

Statutory Notice to Discontinue Chirk Infant School and Ceiriog Junior School and to Establish a New Community Primary School - PDF format 763Kb

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