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: email@example.com
Thursday, 1 September 2011
BS3 Primary Schools Shortage Public Meeting
Are your children approaching school age? Would you like them to go to a local school, within walking distance of their home? Join with local parents to discuss how we can come together to ensure that enough school places are provided for children in BS3 in September 2012, 2013 and beyond.
The story so far
In April 2011, many families in BS3 were notified that their children had not been allocated a reception place at either one of their three preferred schools, nor at a local alternative. Some were given places over two miles from home. Following swift action from parents, a one-off solution was found with bulge classes created at Ashton Gate Primary and South Street.
What happens next?
A permanent solution still needs to be found. BS3 has a large population of preschool-age children, which will need local school places in September 2012 and beyond. Local authorities are aware of this, but parents need to work with them to ensure there is a place for every child in the future.
What can I do?
Come to the public meeting on Wednesday 14th September at 8.00pm. Led by local parents, its aims are to provide information about the current situation, estimate the number of children who require schools places for 2012, and raise support for the campaign for school places in South Bristol.
Wednesday 14th September, 8pm.
Bedminster Methodist Church. British Road, BS3 3BW.