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: southbristolsc@gmail.com

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Reasons to attend the Public Meeting on the 26th Feb.

Is your child’s primary school place secure?

Update on shortage of BS3 primary school places for September 2012 and beyond

Two 'bulge' classes have been created at Ashton Gate and South Street primary schools, but a shortfall of reception places is still anticipated for BS3 in September – at the last public meeting in September 2011 it was estimated that 98 extra places were needed in Greater Bedminster, yet two bulge classes only accounts for 60 children.

Join with local parents, schools representatives and Bristol City Council for an update on the current situation and to discover what still needs to be done to ensure that enough primary school places are provided for local children in September 2012 and beyond.

The story so far

Following the school places crisis in 2011, and given the anticipated increase in demand for reception places in 2012, two 'bulge' classes have been created at Ashton Gate Primary and South Street (Compass Point). But these 60 extra places are not expected cover the real need for school places in BS3.

So far it is unclear what will happen to children who are not allocated a reception place at either of their three preferred schools, or at a local alternative.

It is anticipated that there is still a need for an another ‘bulge’ class in the area.

What happens next?

Parents are working with the local authorities to provide a short -term solution for the provision of a third bulge class for September 2012.

It is also imperative that longer-term solutions are provided to ensure that there is a primary place for every child in the future, without putting local schools under further pressure or compromising the quality of primary education in the area.

To avoid a repeated crisis in primary school places in BS3, the area ultimately needs a new school.

Until that is provided, however, parents, schools and the local authority need to work together to find creative solutions to secure a place within walking distance for every local child in September 2012.

What can I do?

Come to the public meeting on Sunday 26th February at 8pm in the Tobacco Factory Theatre.

Led by local parents, its aims are to provide an update about the current situation, determine what is happening for 2012 and future years, and to raise support for the campaign for school places in BS3.

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