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.

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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Southville Primary are looking at ways to find extra primary school places for 2012.

As most of you will know, there is still a shortfall of primary school places in the Bedminster and Southville area. Ashton Gate and South Street have added extra classes for 2012 and beyond but another class is needed in order to ensure that our local children can attend a local school. Southville Primary School are looking at ways in which they might be able to help.

On 31st Jan, one of our campaign group was invited to Southville Primary school to meet with the Head Teacher, Sandie Smith, the Deputy Head, Gareth Potter and Local Councilor, Sean Beynon who is also a Governor at the school, to discuss the shortfall of primary school places in BS3.

They were having a Governor's meeting on the 1st Feb and a possible extra class was on the agenda for discussion.

Ian Bell, Bristol City Council Pupil Place Planning Manager, has been to see the school to see what could be done with their limited space. Initially, they thought that perhaps they could turn the nursery into another reception class. However, the nursery is now full and is providing another valuable service to the community.

There is no space for a mobile classroom on site but they have suggested to the council that replacing two sheds which are on site with a 2 storey building could provide an extra classroom and the storage space that they would be losing from getting rid of the sheds. The whole school is grade 2 listed and in order to change any of the buildings, they first have to find out whether they will get the appropriate permissions to do so. The school are waiting to find out whether this will be possible from the council.

The council are also looking at a possible site close to the school to have as an annex. We await a council decision on this.

The Head teacher is eager to help whilst cautious that any changes to the school should not detrimentally affect the current students and teachers.

We will keep you informed of any developments on this blog.

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