South Bristol Schools Crisis

Offers for primary school places have been made for September 2014 and we are delighted that the local schools were able to accommodate all children living in the area. Many families got their first choice. Thank you to the Council and schools for their hard work.

The area now has sufficient reception places for all the children in the area. There has been strong support from the Council, with the acquisition of land for Ashton Gate and Southville to expand, and from the local schools which have expanded or taken on "bulge" classes when needed. There are also plans to create a new school on the caravan site near Spike Island, which should increase choice for BS3 families and help with the lack of places in the Hotwells and Clifton Wood areas.

We continue to monitor these developments and keep the community informed.

South Bristol Schools Campaign is a community-led group initially formed when there was a lack of local school places in BS3. It seems that long term solutions are now in place, so our role will now be limited to liaising with schools and the Council to ensure the delivery of promised new places and new sites, and to share information with the local community.

For the latest information, join the mailing list - this will allow the campaign group to quickly and easily inform and keep track of all those concerned.

You can also email the campaign group:

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Brief meeting report

Just a very quick update: we met with Clare Campion-Smith and Craig Bolt regarding the Primary School Admission problem in BS3 on Tuesday, and the meeting was encouraging. Full minutes will be posted on the blog when we've got them all typed up, but the highlights are as follows:
  • They acknowledge that there is a problem in BS3
  • They are taking it seriously
  • They are already working towards a solution for September 2011 and a more permanent solution for 2012 and beyond
  • Both Craig Bolt and Cllr Campion-Smith were very positive about this solution but could not offer at present any guarantees that it will be implemented, since it may require the agreement of other third parties
  • If a place is found in BS3 to accommodate a class or half-class, it seems the current admissions criteria will apply, i.e. those who have not got any of their preferences will NOT be prioritised on any waiting lists.
More detailed answers to questions etc., will be posted on the blog in due course.

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