Update on Rhyl High School position


Joint statement by Denbighshire County Council and Rhyl High School

Denbighshire County Council and Rhyl High School can confirm that the school will re-open as normal on Monday, July 10.

A decision was taken to close the school last Wednesday (July 5) after information was received that the cladding used as part of the high school’s new building came from the same manufacturer which provided the cladding for Grenfell Tower.

Whilst the Council and the School believed that the fire safety measures and extensive checks carried out as part of the new building works at Rhyl High School were sound, it was decided to review all fire risk assessments and safety management at the school, purely as a precautionary measure. There was nothing to suggest an increase in risk of fire at the school.

The school has been closed for pupils for the past two days (Thursday, 6th and Friday 7th July). During that time, full and rigorous tests and assessments have been carried out by a team of professionally trained, qualified safety experts. These tests have looked at fire safety procedures, evacuation processes and checking of all other safety measures.

The tests have confirmed that the school’s fire safety procedure is fully compliant and the cladding creates no additional risk of fire.

Both the Council and the School are also satisfied that the safety management procedures are sound – including the use of sprinklers, fire alarms and evacuation procedures.

Denbighshire County Council and Rhyl High School would like to thank parents/ guardians, students, staff and the wider community for their understanding and co-operation.

They recognise that closing the school for two days will have had an impact, but firmly believe that the safety of pupils was paramount and that additional safety checks were necessary.

Posted on Friday 7th July 2017