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:

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Please see below a copy of a letter from Lloyd Fletcher, Chair of Governors at Ashton Gate.

Further correspondence from BCC can also be found here

Dear Parents and Carers,

I’m writing with reference to today’s letter from the Local Authority to parents who applied for places at our Nursery for September 2012. You will have read that a regrettable situation beyond our control means that the St. Francis church site will not be available in time for the incoming Reception in September. Therefore, following discussions with the Local Authority, governors have taken the difficult decision to suspend our Nursery provision for 2012-13. This will enable us to take the three Reception classes in September without increasing the number of children on our current site. I want to explain to you how this will work in order to ensure we maintain excellent provision for both incoming Reception and the entire school.

The indoor and outdoor space vacated by Nursery, along with some adjoining rooms, will be reconfigured and adapted to suit a three-class Reception unit in that part of the “Junior” building. This, in some ways, will improve the facilities for Reception compared to the current set-up, in particular the outdoor play area. It will also ease some of the pressure on the “Infant” building. Because, effectively, we are “swapping” 30 full-time Nursery places for an additional Reception class, there will be no net increase in the number of children on the school site. Nursery staff will be re-deployed to support Reception from September.

We realise that closing Nursery, especially on such short notice, will cause distress to parents, in particular those with children already in the school, who therefore have not applied to other local providers. Unfortunately, it only became apparent in the last week that the annex would not be available for September; governors considered several alternatives in conjunction with the LA before deciding on the “least worst” option of suspending Nursery at the end of this school year. Parents requiring Nursery places in September should refer to the LA’s letter for information on what to do next.


Lloyd Fletcher
Chair of Governors