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DENBIGHSHIRE'S brand new PS23m Catholic through school welcomed its first pupils this week.

Youngsters were overwhelmed by the state-of-the-art Christ the Word School which replaces Ysgol Mair Primary School and Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School in Rhyl.

The school caters for 420 pupils aged three to 11 and 500 pupils aged 11-16.

Head teacher, Amanda Preston said: "We are really excited to welcome all our learners to Christ the Word. Our purpose is to achieve excellent learning through a nurturing, faith-based environment.

"The facilities here are first class and learners of all ages will have opportunities to use them.

"The whole school is working together to ensure a smooth transition for all ages, so learners are happy in our family environment.

"We were very lucky to welcome Bishop Peter for our staff welcome mass, it marked the beginning of Christ the Word as a team to ensure our community school is a beacon of excellence.

"We have a great team at Christ the Word and have been expanding it significantly to ensure we have outstanding learning and teaching at the school.

"Our new director of pastoral care will be ensuring children are supported in their well-being and are happy in their learning."

The school has been funded in partnership with Denbighshire Council and the Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools Programme and will be part of the Diocese of Wrexham.

The school also offers wrap-around care as well as a playgroup for children from the age of two.

Cllr Huw Hilditch-Roberts, lead member for education, children's services and public engagement, said: "I'd like to wish all the pupils at Christ the Word the best of luck as they start at their brand new school.

"This is an important milestone in their education and something they will look back on in years to come. As well as a first-rate new building, pupils have a dedicated team of teachers and support staff led by Mrs Preston to ensure they get the best education possible.

"Giving young people the best start in life is a priority for the council and building new schools helps us achieve that goal."

An open evening is being held at the school on Thursday, September 26 from 4.30pm-6.30pm. Everyone is welcome to for a tour of the school and can book by calling 01824 708007.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Sep 11, 2019
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