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:

Saturday, 25 February 2012


A member of The South Bristol Schools Campaign was invited by Sean Beynon to a meeting with Craig Bolt on 23rd Feb. the following is a summary of some of the main points raised.

There is still a shortfall in BS3 but as there have not been many late applicants, the number is still lower than first predicted. 

It will not be possible to say for definite until the allocation process is completed, but it appears less likely that there will be the 'black holes' experienced last year .

The preferred option for both the Council and Southville Primary School is to create extra space on the school site. Other options have not been completely ruled out, but the replacement of existing sheds on the school site is being explored. There are, however, planning and other considerations which will need to be taken into account.

It is the Council's plan to secure a new site and provide extra primary places for September 2013. 5 sites are being actively pursued which would assist the Bedminster and Southville area. Having this number of sites is encouraging and different to other parts of the City.

The next order of events will be as follows:

The council will confirm allocations.
They will then work out the exact shortfall and need for additional places.
Then they will talk again to local schools who have offered to put on additional classes.
Once these extra classes are confirmed, they will send out offers.
This means that by the time offers are made, the additional places will already be agreed. 
Once the council have made an offer of a place, they are legally bound by it. Therefore, the offers are not conditional on any building works being completed.
If, as a result of extra spaces, people want to change their preferences after they have received an offer, they can opt to go on a waiting list for the school they want. 

Ian Bell and Claire Campion Smith will be present at the public meeting on 26th Feb and should be able to answer more questions on these and other related matters.

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