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, 4 May 2011

The Situation in 2009 and 2010

School Allocation Map 2009

The school allocation situation in 2009 looked somewhat different. Circles indicate the furthest distance from Southville Primary, Hotwells Primary, Victoria Park Primary and Ashton Gate Primary, that a child was allocated a place. The schools with no circles around had no preferences refused in the first round, i.e. they were not oversubscribed. This includes Ashton Vale Primary, Parson Street Primary, Luckwell Primary, Holy Cross RC Primary and Victoria Park Primary, all of which are oversubscribed this year. In essence, provided that you specified a local school within walking distance, you should not have been disappointed.

School Allocation Map 2010
In 2010, the situation has changed a little, but not much. Circles indicate the furthest distances from oversubscribed schools that a child was admitted from. Markers with no circles had no preferences refused in the first round, i.e. they were not oversubscribed. There is still large overlap in the area between Ashton Gate and Southville Primary, and several schools which had no preferences refused in the first round, including Ashton Vale Primary, Luckwell Primary, Parson Street Primary and Holy Cross RC Primary, all of which are oversubscribed this year. Again, in essence, if you put local schools as your preferences, you would not have been disappointed.

Compare the two maps above with the map produced for this year's intake (scroll down the page). As before, maps are only roughly accurate and some markers are not quite accurately placed. However, the situation remains clear: most of the people who have been allocated a school in BS4 would not have found themselves so placed last year or the year before.

Maps were created using Google maps and and information taken from 'Your Child's Primary Education in Bristol 2011/12' published by Bristol City Council.

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