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.

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Ashton Gate and Southville considering bulge classes

South Bristol Schools Campaign met the Council on Thursday 6th December.

How many Reception classes need to be created?
The Council still estimate that two extra classes (on top of the two-form-entry at Compass Point) are needed for September 2013 in BS3.

What are the plans for September 2013?
No local school is able to accommodate a bulge class on its existing site. This means that any expansion has to take place on new sites. Negotiations are underway with Ashton Gate and Southville primary schools, both of which have been asked by the Council to take on a bulge class next year.

What the schools are saying

Southville newsletter:
Finally, there is still a major shortage of reception places in the area, and as we have successfully integrated an extra class into our school the Council have approached us and asked us to consider if we could expand further in the future. The current site would not be large enough, so they would be looking for an additional site nearby to build on, which would also be a part of Southville Primary School. Several options are being explored but it would be useful to hear your thoughts on this. Please e-mail me or speak to me in the playground. 

At Ashton Gate a bulge class in 2013 would be part of a plan to expand to 4 form of entry (FE) from Sept 2015 on a nearby site. No decision has yet been made as the previous agreement had been to expand to 3 FE. The school's newsletter explains the conditions that must be met and says that Governors will make a decision in January so that current and prospective parents can make informed choices. This decision would be an agreement on principle, with actual expansion only taking place if specific requirements are met.
See the full letter in the post below.

Will we know of all the existing provision by 15th January when applications close?
Possible sites have been identified and the Council is now negotiating to secure them. However no new classes will be confirmed by January 15th.

What does this mean for the applications process?
Extra provision will not be in place by January 15th.
It is hoped however that the extra classes will be created by the time the Council allocates Reception places.
The Council advises parents to chose the schools they prefer, and to make use of their three choices.

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