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:

Monday, 9 May 2011

Deadline for Appeals / Waiting Lists - 10th May - TOMORROW

Just a reminder that the deadline for replying to the Council's letter is tomorrow, Tuesday May 10th.

If you haven't received any of your preferred schools, and are not happy with the school allocated to you, please appeal against their decision: it will highlight to the Council just how big the problem is in South Bristol. You can download the appeal proforma here.

You can also apply to go on the waiting list for your preferred schools: in either case the place you have been allocated will be held for you pending the outcome of offer acceptance, appeals and waiting lists. The Council say they are hoping to have waiting list information available by 24th May 2011.

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