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Denbigh High School, Denbighshire

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Established  1922
Staff  ~80
Phone  +44 1745 812485
Founded  1922
Headmaster  Mr. Simeon Molloy
Ages  11–18
Number of students  542 (2016)
Gender  Mixed-sex education
Location  Ruthin Road Denbigh Denbighshire LL16 3EX Wales
Website  www.denbighhighschool.co.uk
Address  Ruthin Road, Denbigh LL16 3EX, United Kingdom
Local authority  Denbighshire County Council
Similar  Prestatyn High School, Rhyl High School, Ysgol Treffynnon, Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Alun School
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Denbigh High School (Welsh: Ysgol Uwchradd Dinbych) is an English medium 11 to 19 mixed comprehensive school in Denbigh, north Wales.

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Overview

Denbigh High School is situated on Ruthin Road, Denbigh and had 542 pupils on roll in 2016. About 6% of the learners speak Welsh as a first language or to an equivalent standard. The school serves Denbigh, St Asaph and the surrounding rural areas.

The school has an annual sponsored walk, held in early September. It is a 13.5 kilometre walk around the Clwydian Range. The walk is used to raise funds for the school.

The school was originally situated on two separate sites with the first 3 years on the existing site and the older years at an older building on Middle Lane, which is situated half a mile away. This Middle Lane site was built in 1903 as The County School and Denbigh High ceased using it in 1983. The site then became a Youth Club and is used for Teacher Training and Education Administration.

The school is in conjunction with the secondary department of the autistic school Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn, which was built in 2003.

Heads

As of 2013 the Headteacher is Simeon Molloy. Previous Headteachers include: Ms Alison Duncan, Mr Bill Bailey, Mr G D Dodd and Mr Maurice Bitcon.

Special education partnership

The school has a longstanding partnership with Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn, a special needs school catering mainly to pupils with autism and Asperger syndrome, as well as a smaller number of students diagnosed as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, cerebral palsy and developmental coordination disorder. In 2003 a new Secondary Dept. of Brondyffryn was built behind Denbigh High, and caters for 56 youngsters from throughout North and Mid Wales along with parts of Cheshire and Liverpool. This unit has its own, self-contained science laboratory, design-technology workshop, ICT department and Life Learning (cookery) kitchen. The building is roughly shaped like a capital letter G, and is divided into five corridors. This building forms the senior department of Brondyffryn; the junior department is located near Ysgol Frongoch, and was reconstructed shortly following the senior department.

The project increases integration between some autistic teenagers and youngsters from the local comprehensive. In 2004, the first full-time transfer from Brondyffryn to Denbigh High took place, and since then there have been several more transitions to full-time mainstream education.

Controversy

In September 2009, Maths teacher at the school, Ian Gee, was suspended and later fired from the school when images of child pornography were found on a computer at his home. Investigators found no evidence to suggest criminal activity had taken place on school premises or during school hours. He was banned from working with children for five years.

References

Denbigh High School, Denbighshire Wikipedia


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