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, 25 May 2011

Good news from Ashton Gate Primary School

Parents and carers of children at Ashton Gate Primary School were today given the news that their school will be accommodating an extra 'bulge' Reception class of 30 children for September 2011. The 'bulge' will be for one year only and will be carried through the school (i.e. in 2012 the bulge class will be Year 1, and so on).

This is very good news for all parents who have not been offered any of their preferences and have instead been given a school upwards of two miles away: we now stand a much better chance of getting our children into a local school within walking distance. It should be noted that the published admissions criteria will nevertheless apply - i.e. there will be no priority given for people offered schools outside of the area. It remains to be seen whether this will enable all those allocated schools outside the area to be offered a place at a local school. It is therefore vital that parents continue with the current admissions/appeals procedure.

We are extremely grateful to the School Governors and Staff at Ashton Gate Primary School for working with the Council to enable this to happen.

In the letter to parents and carers, the school acknowledged that there is still a long term problem which the local authority must deal with, i.e. the provision of sufficient school places in South Bristol for September 2012 and beyond. They indicated that solutions in the area will be challenging to find, but Ashton Gate School are nevertheless committed to working with the Council to see if they can contribute to a solution.

Again, we are greatly encouraged by the community-minded spirit of the staff and governors.

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