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  • in reply to: Darland School starts gender segregation #147673


    My two grand children attend Darland School.
    They leave home at 8:00 am every morning to catch the school bus. School starts at 8:55 am. They have a short break at 11:00 to 11:20 am during which time it is almost impossible to buy food in the canteen due to the large number of children trying to be served. If they are not trying to be served in the canteen they are standing on the school yard whatever the weather conditions.
    Lunch time starts at 1:20 pm which is ridiculously late. Again, children either spend most of the lunch time waiting to be served in the canteen or walking around the school grounds eating their lunch whatever the weather is like.
    The canteen is not big enough to be able to cope with the large number of children in the school.
    Expecting children to eat on the school yard in all weather conditions after spending five hours in a classroom is unacceptable.

    in reply to: Ysgol Bryn Alyn in Special Measures #145100


    Alunh I agree with most of your comments. However, many parents in Wrexham are making a choice about where to send their children.
    For example, every morning hundreds of children are picked up from the Borras, Barkers Lane, Acton, and Garden Village areas of Wrexham, which are in the Rhosnesni High School catchment area and are taken by bus to attend Darland or the Maelor.
    Parents have the right to do this and are prepared to pay the associated transport costs. They are choosing to send their children to a school on the outskirts of Wrexham which does not have the same social mix as the town centre school. They believe that their child will receive a better education and experience less anti-social behaviour.
    As a result of this Rhosnesni and other town centre schools no longer have the balanced catchment areas and a good social mix of both pupils and supportive parents that is required in order for a comprehensive school to be successful.
    Of course I also realise that parents who live in the Llay, Gresford, Marford and Rossett areas, which are the Darland catchment area, prefer to send their children to Castell Alun, St Joseph’s, Bishop Heber and King’s School in Chester.

    in reply to: Ysgol Bryn Alyn in Special Measures #145026


    Very strong article about Ysgol Bryn Alyn in Tuesday’s Daily Post

    ‘A school which benefited from a share of a £20m Welsh government investment to improve it has been put in special measures.
    Ysgol Bryn Alyn in Gwersyllt received a damning report from inspectors,who highlighted pupils having little interest in lessons and weak literacy and numeracy skills.
    The report also found teaching was not effective, and that teachers had a lack of faith in their students.
    The school had received funding through the Challenge Cymru programme aimed at improving 40 schools in some of Wales’ most deprived areas.
    Today, opposition figures said the Estyn inspectors judgement suggested the government cash had been “money down the drain”.’

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