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:

Thursday, 20 September 2012

2013 Reception admissions

Admissions for a Reception place in Sept 2013 have opened and parents have until 15th January to apply.

There is currently a shortfall of approximately two classes.

Southville Primary school's 2012 bulge class was a one-off and there is no space for another on the existing site.
Neither can Ashton Gate offer one on its existing site.
To date only the South Street/Compass Point bulge class is confirmed for 2013.

The Council are currently working on several proposals to create new places. For September 2013 there is a plan to expand Ashton Gate on the Imperial Tobacco site with modular provision for one extra class (this would be followed by the development of a permanent extra double intake).

However these new places are not yet confirmed, and do not cover all the need for the area.

Online applications can be changed until closing date to take into account further announcements of new places.

The South Bristol Schools Campaign will be holding a public meeting in October.
Watch this space!

New schools for the area?

BS3 currently has a shortfall of Reception places. Bulge classes have enabled children to remain within the area in 2011 and 2012, but figures keep rising, existing schools are very full, and new schools are now urgently needed.

The Council recognise this, and have just published their plans for the future.
It is important to note that these plans are subject to a variety of factors: approval of the City of Bristol cabinet; land acquisition; availability of funding. Also where new provision is linked to an existing school, the decision to expand is down to the Governors of the school.

Ashton Gate to expand to 3 form entry, i.e. one extra class in modular provision.
No site has yet been secured, but negotiations are in process with Imperial Tobacco first for modular provision for one class (Sept 2013) to be followed by the development of permanent two form entry.
Even if plans are successful, this leaves a deficit for September 2013.

Southville Primary school to consider becoming a two form entry school by acquiring Faith Space. This is subject to feasibility and to the approval of the governing board.

Ashton Gate to develop a permanent two form entry (on top of the existing two form entry)

Hayleigh/Myrtle Triangle: develop a new 2 FE school on the former Hayleigh home (Myrtle Triangle site)

If figures have not improved in Greater Bedminster the Council plan to seek to develop a new school on the Harbourside.

To view the whole School Organisation Strategy report: