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:

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Statement from Dawn Primarolo MP

South Bristol Primary School Meeting
Statement from Dawn Primarolo MP

I am very sorry that I am not able to join you this evening [BS3 Primary Schools Shortage Public Meeting 14th September - sbsc]. As Parliament is sitting this week, I have to be in London.

I can assure you, however, that I share your concerns about primary school places in the BS3 area. Every parent should be entitled to expect that their children will be able to go to a good local primary school within walking distance. Sending children to schools miles away from their homes undermines our communities, and destroys the links that I know many parents and children make through pre-school activities.

The Council’s disastrous allocation of primary school places this spring left many parents very angry and upset. I assisted a number of parents at the time and, working with parents and local councillors, put pressure on the Council to make extra provision available in BS3 this September. The Governors of Compass Point and Ashton Gate Primary School led the way, and bulge classes have begun there.

This additional provision should be welcomed, but it does not provide a permanent solution to this difficult problem. The Council’s short, medium and long term planning needs to rapidly improve so that parents can be confident that the Council will be able to offer their children a local school place. Additionally, it is important to recognise that the Government needs to provide substantial capital funding to address the shortage of space.

Along with local councillors, I have recently begun delivering a letter to parents asking them to support our campaign to bring the situation in BS3 to the attention of Education Secretary Michael Gove. I would urge everyone to take five minutes to support the campaign so that we can pass your views directly on to Government Minsters.

I hope this evening’s meeting is productive. If I can be of assistance, or if you have any questions about this, or any other matter, please do get in touch.

Dawn Primarolo
Labour MP for Bristol South
PO Box 1002
BS99 1WH

0117 9090063

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