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Thursday, 2 May, 2002, 10:34 GMT 11:34 UK
MP urges decisions on school merger
St David's school, Wrexham
St David's would become a specialised school
A north Wales MP, opposed to plans to reorganise secondary education in Wrexham, has called for an end to the uncertainty facing parents and pupils.

The local authority has drawn up proposals to merge three schools to create two 'super' schools which would specialise in certain subjects.

Ian Lucas, MP
Ian Lucas wants a decision to be made

If the plan goes ahead the Groves High School will shutdown and St David's and Bryn Offa will be remodernised.

Wrexham MP Ian Lucas has admitted the set-up has to change, he has called on the local authority make a decision as soon as possible.

"Leaving things as they are is no longer an option and I want the council to look at alternatives as a matter of great urgency," he said.

"The plan has increased uncertainty for parents and pupils and created issues for teachers which may well lead to them seeking jobs elsewhere.

"We must now act together to explore common ground and find a way ahead."

Mr Lucas' call for change follows research that pupils attending state specialist schools in England do better in their exams than pupils at comprehensives.

Vocational courses

Specialist schools concentrate on languages, sciences and the arts but critics claim it creates a two tier education system.

Wrexham council's plans would see St David's turned into a language centre whilst Bryn Offa would concentrate on scientific subjects.

Local sixth form college, Yale, would offer specialist vocational courses to school leavers.

Mr Lucas said: "The proposal to use Yale's expertise in vocational courses is an excellent one and I am sure can be built upon.

"We need to make sure this proposal works for the benefit of all schools in the borough."

Parents have opposed the scheme and had until Saturday 27 April to register their concerns.

The consultation process has now ended and Wrexham council have said that all comments will be now be considered by the executive board.

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