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Lead or Rumour info - Howell's School, Denbigh to close imminently

Discussion in 'Leads, Rumours and News...' started by Apollo, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. Apollo

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    "A private girls' school in north Wales says it is shutting down because of uncertainty about its finances.

    "Howell's School in Denbigh has been in operation for over 150 years.

    "But in an email sent to parents on Friday, trustees said uncertainty about compensation arising from the dismissal of a former head teacher posed a risk of closure part way through the year.

    "Steven Griffiths, vice-chairman of the parent teacher association, told BBC Wales he was 'surprised' and 'upset'."

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    Honestly, I don't know how they survived. Living in such hardship.
     

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  2. The Stig

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    Wow, deffo one to keep an eye one.

    Joking aside, wonder if our friendly nighbourhood Erwin will try to keep us away ??
     
  3. ivan

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    Yay, my first chance to post!

    First off, the swimming pool isn't a photo from the school. A quick look on google maps and you'll see the pool is outdoors. We've scaled the wall into there many times before for a nightly dip!
    Secondly the school is used for far more than education- it's always full of groups from abroad, it's well known in Denbigh as there are always groups of Italian/Israeli/Spanish kids around, a quick google shows that these are run by a company called STARS which in independent from the school. I doubt this would go, the buildings probably wont be boarded up. The school is also a working farm and stables, again separate from school finances i'd guess so it will still be there.

    The local rumour (a mate's mum works there) which seems confirmed by the news report is that they are doing this to avoid a compensation claim- no income, no payout. I believe the school grounds are privately owned and rented, if they are sensible con merchants they'll have removed all of the schools assets into private ownership too!

    Good news (sort of)- the Prep school shut a year ago- there are signs on it saying it had been repossessed from the school- and is easy to access, it's also on a separate site just outside the school. It is full of books, toys, school stuff etc and quite interesting, also unmonitored by security. The 'sort of' alludes to the dozens of local kids who've already been in to smash the place up. It's an interesting set of old buildings- there's horse and cart access and a hayloft!- but i'm amazed it hasn't been set on fire yet. It seems like they basically left it unlocked when it was repossessed, there are now many smashed windows and it's quite a wreck.

    I have photos of my first trip there when it was basically untouched, i'll dig them out and upload when I can.
     
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    Still be interested to see the Prep School though even if trashed as there are always interesting bits left behind.

    Cheers for the post ivan :thumb
     
  5. Apollo

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    Fiddlesticks. I saw the BBC article, and was so hopeful.

    Punched "Howell's School" into Google Images and saw the pool. I should have looked a little more and realised it's Howell's School in Llandaff, not Denbigh!

    Thanks for the heads up, Ivan.
     
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