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

The story so far...

On Tuesday 26 April, many excited families eagerly awaited notification of which school their child would attend at the start of the 2011/2012 school year. All were expecting to get one of their three preferences or, at the very least, a local alternative. Due to oversubscribed schools in many locations across Bristol, Reception-age children have instead been offered schools outside their local communities. Many parents had to Google the names of the schools they were allocated - these schools were so far outside their community they were completely unknown to them.

Word began to spread, and a concerned parent in BS3 organised a meeting for all parents in the same situation to meet and discuss possible alternatives. On Monday 2 May, in a packed room at the Tobacco Factory, parents from BS3, BS13, and further afield in Bristol, joined together with local councillors to discuss what to do next.

There are many families affected and so this campaign group was established to provide a voice for this large group of children who will NOT be taking up the school places allocated to them by Bristol City Council. We will work together to find a viable, local alternative.

Please join our mailing list if you are affected by this very upsetting and serious situation.

1 comment:

  1. " who will NOT be taking up the school places allocated to them "

    With you all the way!

    Have you considered some of group legal action against the council? Are they failing in any legal obligations?