Council caned over school 'insult'


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

A LOCAL education authority has been accused of ‘letting down’ and ‘insulting’ Chirk’s school.
Councillors hit out at Wrexham County Borough Council when they failed to attend crunch talks between staff, governors and parents at Ysgol Y Waun after it was put into special measures in April.
They also commented on the authority’s lack of support when the school went through amalgamation in 2012 which contributed to the poor Estyn report.
Chairman of the town council, Councillor Dewi Evans also revealed 13 children have left the school since the merger.
He said: “It’s disgusting, they should have been represented. I asked two questions and I’m still waiting for the answers. I was deeply upset
“It was an insult to the parents, staff and public. There was no apology given and I think that is very poor, it showed them in a very bad light,” Cllr Evans added.
Commenting on the 2012 merger, WCB councillor Terry Evans said: “This was a forced amalgamation; we were dead against it.
“We have been badly let down by Wrexham Council, we were forced by Wrexham and the Welsh Government, it was a done deal.
“But I think we are going in the right direction now and I’m sure the next inspection will give us a better report, I’m sure,” he added.
Councillor Jackie Allen, who represents the council on the governing body added: “One of the problems is that Chirk will always refer to the school as the infants and juniors, this is not one school, one voice. They need to look at getting two schools on one site, that is what we have got to try to argue to put the two schools together.
“Everyone is working hard and their is an optimism and determination.”
Cllr Michael Williams, lead member for children’s services and education said: “As an authority we would like to apologise for the lack of LEA representation. The local authority and our commissioned school improvement service GwE will continue to provide as a priority targeted additional support and resources for Ysgol Y Waun. 
“An improvement group is in place to support and challenge the school and governors. Its purpose is to ensure the school builds momentum on its improvement journey and comes out of the Estyn category as soon as possible.
“Unfortunately, the night chosen by the school clashed with a meeting of officers with the Wrexham Association of Governors. GwE were able to send their senior system leader and officers will be in attendance at future meetings.”

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