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:

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Falling through the cracks

This map gives you some idea of where there are cracks in primary school provision in Southville/Ashton/Bedminster. Each of the markers is a primary school; the radius of the green circle around it is the furthest distance from the school that a child was admitted from. It contains some inaccuracies: the marker for Ashton Gate Primary School should be moved over a little; and some of the data are missing, e.g. for both Holy Cross RC Primary and Compass Point/South Street School, we do not know the furthest distance a child was admitted from.

However, the map is clear: there are regions in the local area that do not have sufficient local primary school provision. If you live outside of the green areas, and your preference was not for (a) St Mary Redcliffe Primary (furthest distance 3.486km), (b), Parson Street Primary (furthest distance 2.712km) or (c) St George's Primary (furthest distance 1.128), you probably would not have got any of your preferences.

Image compiled using Google maps, and data available on the Schools Allocation website.

1 comment:

  1. Great map, very telling. And next year it's only going to get worse.