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:

Monday, 29 August 2011

Sign the petition

Bristol City Council need more funds from central Government in order to be able to meet the needs of primary school children in the near future. There is a live petition on the Council's e-petitions site and we would encourage all those concerned to sign ASAP.

The wording of the petition is as follows:

To the Secretary of State for Education
We, the undersigned, are parents of children who are 4 years old and under or expectant parents who live in Bristol. The last four years has seen an unprecedented rise (20%) in the number of children entering school in reception class. By 2014, there will be an extra 3,000 children in Bristol primary schools and, if planned housing is developed, this will increase to an extra 5,000.

This is good for the future of the city but there are serious challenges to creating the extra school places we need. We, therefore, call on the government urgently to make the necessary funding available - capital and revenue - and support the vital work we are doing by designating a civil servant to work with us at the highest possible level.

Sign the petition:
and please encourage as many other parents as possible to do the same.

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