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Denbigh's St Brigid's pupils in Youtube plea to save school

Pupils have issued a Youtube film plea to safeguard the future of their school amid plans to merge faith education in Denbighshire.

The county council proposes replacing St Brigid's School in Denbigh and Rhyl's Blessed Edward Jones and open a joint faith school in 2014.

A film by pupils trying to keep St Brigid's open has had 9,500 views.

The council says the plan has been drawn up to ensure it can "sustain quality education into the future".

The authority wants to launch a new dual faith school for Anglicans and Catholics.

But campaigners say the character of each school would be lost.

Children and parents at St Brigid's have also collected a 500-name online petition saying they want their school retained.

Their film shows a pupil running around an empty school looking for pupils as she remembers happier times when it was packed with children singing and dancing.

Meanwhile, Rhyl school campaigners say it is important their school is not lost.

If given the go ahead, the new joint faith school would open in September with the Rhyl site based at the former Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School. It would operate as an 11-16 school.

The Denbigh site would operate as an ages three to 18 school.

The council consultation over the merger ends on Monday.

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