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:

Monday, 23 July 2012

Reception intake: Some facts & figures

The Council has published information on allocations for this year's Reception intake. The following information concerns the seven schools of the Greater Bedminster area.

* Siblings make up more than half the intake in some schools (18/30 at Luckwell and 31/60 at Parson Street). There are 40 siblings starting at Ashton Gate. This is a huge increase on last year's figures, respectively 13, 17 and 28.

* Oversubscribed schools
In the first round of allocations Ashton Gate, Luckwell, Parson Street and Holy Cross were all oversubscribed. Southville and Ashton Vale became so by the second round. Compass Point is the only school in the area not to have become oversubscribed.

* Furthest distance
In 2010 only Ashton Gate and Southville primary were oversubscribed and had to use distance to the school to determine who would be offered a place. By 2011 this was the case everywhere but at Compass Point. Apart from Southville because of the unusual circumstance of a last minute bulge class, the furthest distance has shrunk in all the oversubscribed schools.
After the second round of admissions, the figures were:
Ashton Gate: 455m (377m pre-bulge in 2011, 673m in 2010)
Ashton Vale: 405m (890m in 2011)
Luckwell: 240m (410m in 2011)
Parson Street: 699m (2.720km in 2011)
Southville Primary with its bulge class was not oversubscribed in the first round of allocations but became so in the second round. Furthest distance this year was 1.231km (187m in 2011, 380 in 2010)
Holy Cross offered places to 19 pupils on religious grounds, 6 siblings and 5 on distance (2 on distance in 2011)

* Relevant links
For the full picture, follow the links in the Admissions Information section on the right.
You can find allocation statements for oversubscribed schools for the first and second rounds.

Last year's figures and admissions criteria are published in ‘Your Child’s Primary Education in Bristol’ guide (pp. 54-57).

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