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, 8 June 2011

Why not put a school on the "Myrtle Triangle"?

Many of you will have received a flyer this weekend from the Greater Bedminster Partnership asking for suggestions as to how to use the large council owned bit of land down Myrtle St. The "Myrtle Triangle" is a large plot stretching from behind the Hen & Chicken to the rear of Tesco on North St. It is currently used as an older people's home which is due to close. The flyer asks for suggestions for its future use. Why don't we all take this opportunity to suggest it's used for a new primary school in BS3? Current suggestions include as blocks of flats, a car park or an industrial estate!
The South Bristol School Crisis has thankfully been resolved for 2011 but the shortage of primary places in the area needs a permanent solution.

Make your voice heard and get in touch:


post: BS3 Planning Group
Southville Centre
Beauley Road

or post your completed flyer questionnaire into the box at the Hen & Chicken on North St.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Compass Point 'bulge' class announced for this September

More good news for South Bristol parents has been announced. The governing body of Compass Point has agreed unanimously to run an extra reception class this September "in the interests of helping the immediate community and preventing anyone from having to travel an unreasonable distance to school." This is an excerpt from their 27th May Newsletter:

Reception short fall

You may have heard that there has been a shortage of reception class places in our area this year, as a consequence we have been approached to open an additional class which will mean there will be two of this year group through the school. We feel this is an exciting opportunity to share our skills and expertise in our wider community and that it will enhance the provision we offer by giving us more staff, parents and pupils.

Many thanks to Compass Point's governors and staff for showing such community spirit and for the hard work they will have to put into making this happen.