CHIRK’S infants and junior schools are set to merge this September after the proposal received Welsh Government support.
It means the two schools will close on August 31 and reopen on September 1 as a single new community primary school with a single headteacher and governing body.
The new school will cater for 350 children aged three to 11.
A temporary governing body will lead the new school through its first term, the members of which will meet for the first time this week to decide on a new name for the school and to recruiting a headteacher.
The new school will remain operational from the existing sites on Chapel Lane and Lloyds Lane and children registered at the two schools will be allowed to attend the new school, which will include a nursery provision for up to 50 children.
A permanent governing body being established from January 1, 2013.
Chirk Cllr Ian Roberts said the two school governing bodies would continue to exist for the moment, with the new temporary body running alongside them.
“There has to be a new head before there is a new school in place – they are looking to do it for September, but it could be later, depending on how the temporary governing body get on.”
He said the schools would remain on separate sites either side of the road, but would be run as one, which he felt was not ideal.
“I do feel it would be better if a new school was built, but that hasn’t happened. They are close, but there’s a road in between which I do not think is compatible with moving staff and pupils between the two. There are safety and time issues,” he said.
John Davies, head of life long learning at Wrexham Council said official notification of Welsh minister’s support for the plan had been received at the end of last month.
“The local authority will support and advise the temporary governing body as it prepares for the new school to open on September 1, 2012,” he added.