Denbigh High School, Denbighshire

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Denbigh High School
Established 1st September 1939
Acting Headteacher Dr R.P.Evans
Location Ruthin Road
Denbigh
Denbighshire
LL16 3EX
Wales
53°11′07″N 3°24′23″W / 53.1852°N 3.4065°W / 53.1852; -3.4065Coordinates: 53°11′07″N 3°24′23″W / 53.1852°N 3.4065°W / 53.1852; -3.4065
Local authority Denbighshire County Council
Staff 75
Students 420 (2016)
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Website www.denbighhighschool.co.uk

Denbigh High School (Welsh: Ysgol Uwchradd Dinbych) is an English medium 11 to 19 mixed comprehensive school in Denbigh, north Wales.

Overview[edit]

Denbigh High School is situated on Ruthin Road, Denbigh and had 542 pupils on roll in 2016.[1] About 6% of the learners speak Welsh as a first language or to an equivalent standard.[2] 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[edit]

As of November 2017 the Acting Headteacher is Dr R. P. Evans. Previous Headteachers include: Ms Alison Duncan, Mr Bill Bailey, Mr G D Dodd and Mr Maurice Bitcon.

Special education partnership[edit]

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.[3]

Controversy[edit]

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.[4][5]

In September 2016, Denbigh High School placed 72 pupils; mainly girls, in exclusion and isolation on the first day of school, for wearing 'inappropriate' uniform. The case saw coverage from many major news companies and received outcry from parents, many claiming that the uniform is adequate and claiming they could not afford to purchase new uniform. [6][7][8]

In March Of 2017, a student was almost in police custody after making a "Meme Video" on the Head teacher, but the student had level 100 in "Speech" and was able to lie his way out.

In 2016, a video surfaced of at least 40 teachers 'dabbing'. Many pupils where disgusted and parents were appalled.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Denbigh High School". mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  2. ^ "A report on Denbigh High School" (PDF). Estyn. Estyn. November 2016. 
  3. ^ BBC News | WALES | Special school given the green light
  4. ^ "North Wales teacher escapes jail over child porn images". Daily Post. 16 October 2009. Retrieved 21 March 2013. A MATHS teacher has been banned from working with children for five years after hundreds of indecent images of children were found on his computer. Ian Patrick Gee, originally suspended from his job at Denbigh High School and now sacked, was yesterday spared jail, but must register as a sex offender with the police for the next five years. 
  5. ^ "More child sex convictions open up the 'paedo files' in Denbighshire". The Leader. 4 February 2010. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2013. Former Denbigh High School teacher Ian Gee was given a three year community order after he was found guilty of downloading 171 indecent images of children 
  6. ^ "Denbigh High School defends 72 exclusions over uniform". BBC News. 2016-09-08. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  7. ^ "Parents' outrage as Denbigh High School "isolates" pupils for wearing wrong uniform". Denbighshire Free Press. 2016-09-08. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  8. ^ Williams, Kelly (2016-09-09). "School uniform row mums reduced to tears by Katie Hopkins slurs". northwales. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 

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