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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 19 December 2013
Latest news on the school expansion / nursery in 2014
Dear Parents and Carers
I have been Chair of Governors for two terms now and am enjoying getting into the role. I want to thank Lloyd Fletcher for all the hard work that he has done over last few years. Lloyd is going to stay on as an Associate Governor until the end of the school year. Thanks are also due to Kitty Fleming (Parent Governor) and Alan Fear (Staff Governor) for their contribution. We are in the process of an election for two new Parent Governors, whom I look forward to meeting in January. If you would like to find out more about what the governors do for the school, please feel free to contact me.
We continue to work with Bristol City Council to deliver the expansion to the school. This expansion will give more local children the chance to go to a nearby school. The new Reception block is working well and I have received positive messages from both staff and parents. We are looking at the plans for the new building which should soon be submitted to the Council’s planning committee.
In parallel with the new Reception block we came to an arrangement with the Southville Centre regarding the Nursery. The governors met on Tuesday when we discussed the arrangements for the Nursery for 2014‐15. It was clear that putting a Nursery class into the existing Reception block would have a significant effect on the quality of the teaching that is being delivered. There would also have been a financial impact on the money that we can spend in the existing school. Consequently, the governors agreed not to re‐open the Nursery in 2014. I am happy to announce that we will be maintaining our Nursery agreement with the Southville Centre for September 2014. We will continue to look at re‐opening the Nursery in September 2015 as part of the wider expansion project. I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and we will see you all in the New Year.
Chair of Governors
Monday, 2 December 2013
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Dear Parents and Carers,
This letter is to update you on the current position on proposals for the expansion of Southville Primary School.
Governors have spent many hours examining the pros and cons and debating whether or not expansion is the right path to take; last week the Full Governing Body (FGB) decided to agree to the school increasing to three form entry across two sites in September 2015 subject to certain conditions.
Following the feasibility study the school were told that our preferred option would not be possible (younger children on the Myrtle site). However, a horizontal split across the school is still in our opinion the best for the children’s education, leadership and management and retaining the sense of community and school ethos, so it has been decided to reverse the plan and house years 3 to 6 on the new site. This is of course subject to further investigation by the experts.
Bristol City Council have also recently asked the school to consider using the Princess Elizabeth building on the Hayleigh site to accommodate two additional reception classes from September 2014 - 2015. School representatives visited the site and did not feel this was appropriate for the children in reception or any other year group, so we have looked again to see if we can help in some other way.
As a result of input by a consultant, senior leadership consideration and further in depth discussions, Governors have agreed to allow an intake of 3 reception classes in 2014 on the Merrywood site. The proposal is to:
- Resite or close our nursery class (somewhere other than the Myrtle site) use the existing nursery space as a reception class and for additional reception toilets.
- Return the current reception provision to the original 2 classrooms by separating
- with sliding doors
- Increase the learning space in the three classrooms by providing covered areas outside – possibly having a yurt, and canopies/shelters outside the classrooms. We are also looking at the possibility of classroom lofts to increase space inside and further developing the Foundation Stage outside area – advice is being sought on this.
We are aware that parents and carers are anxious about the proposed changes and we understand the conflicting views that a large community is bound to have. However a large number of stakeholders have been very encouraging, believing as we do that the school must do its best to serve the local community if children living in Southville are to be educated near their homes.
We are aware of rumours circulating on this subject but this is the most up to date information; we will keep you informed when there are any further developments.
Thursday, 3 October 2013
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Applications can be made any time from the 12th September 2013 to the 15th January 2014. Three options can be selected in order of preference, and once submitted can be changed at any time before the Midnight 15th January deadline.
For further information click on the following links:
Bristol City Council Primary Admissions Page
Online Application Form (you will be required to register first)
Information Leaflet (hopefully you will have received one of these through the post)
Furthest Distance Table (please note that this will include the bulge classes from 2013-2014 skewing the data)
Bristol City Council "My Neighbourhood" webpage (to assist in finding the most local schools to you
(The useful link section of the blog has been updated to include the above)
School Admissions contacts:
Email - email@example.com
Tel - 0117 903 7694
Fax - 0117 903 7710
PO Box 57, Bristol, BS99 7EB
Thursday, 1 August 2013
Monday, 15 July 2013
Thursday, 27 June 2013
Public Consultation Nr 1 to be held on 04th July 2013
As you may be aware, Skanska are working in partnership with the Local Education Partnership (LEP) and Bristol City Council to prepare design options which support the expansion of Ashton Gate Primary School and a new school building at the Old Imperial Tobacco building on Upton Road from 2 form entry and 60 pupils per year to 4 form entry and 120 pupils per year divided between both sites. This supports a Bristol City Council initiative to increase facilities which may be provided at the above site.
We intend to work closely with the School to produce designs which meet their needs. To enable the local community and all parties who may be affected by the proposed development to comment and understand the design at this early stage we have arranged for community involvement meetings to be held on Thursday 4th July 2013.
To ensure this is a fully inclusive invitation we have arranged for two sessions;
Community Involvement Meeting Nr 1 – 3.30 to 4:30pm
Community Involvement Meeting Nr 2 – 6:00 to 7.00pm
Venue in the Main Hall Ashton Gate School, Ashton Gate Primary school
We intend to record and incorporate wherever possible the comments generated at the event, this will help support any future planning applications.
We look forward to meeting you on the 4th July.
Rupert Hurst - Operations Manager - Skanska
Tuesday, 30 April 2013
2013: Three reception classes on half of the Imperial Tobacco car park site on Upton Road.
The nursery remains at the Southville Centre.
2014: The school will decide whether to bring the nursery onto the Upton Road site or to leave it at the Southville Centre.
The school may need to reduce its intake to two Reception classes in September 2014 if the new site is unlikely to be ready by 2015. Otherwise there would not be enough room to accommodate the 2014 Reception children on the Ashton Gate site once they moved up to Year 1 one year later.
2015: Four-form entry, with nursery, Reception-Year 2 on the existing site, Year 3 to Year 6 on the new Upton Road site
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Thursday, 18 April 2013
18th April 2013
Re: Update on Ashton Gate’s expansion
Dear parents and carers,
I’m pleased to tell you that the Local Authority (LA) has now completed the purchase of property that can be used for the expansion of Ashton Gate. The acquisition of the Imperial Tobacco office building and car park will enable:
(1) A temporary annex installed on the car park to provide three forms of Reception entry (3FE) from
September 2013 (as reported to you in my letter of 22nd March).
(2) A new permanent school facility on Upton Road, through refurbishment of the Imperial office building and car park; this would enable a potential 4FE Reception entry from September 2015.
If everything proceeds according to the current plan, then the school would expand to 4FE, operating over a split site, as outlined in my letter to you in December. Specifically, from September 2015, the school would be structured as follows:
On the current Ashton Gate Road site: Early Years/Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1 (i.e., Nursery, Reception, Year 1, and Year 2),. The number of children on these premises will gradually expand to 4 classes in of the three year groups, eventually giving us 12 classes on the site (compared to 14 for a 2FE Primary school). (Governors have yet to decide if or when Nursery will be re-established after 2013, and we will keep you updated on this.)
At the new premises on Upton Road: Key Stage 2; by this time Years 3 and 4 will have 3 classes each. As the September 2015 intake of 4FE moves up through the school, the number of children at this site would expand to 4 classes in each of the four year groups: i.e., eventually, 16 classes in total, compared to 14 for a 2FE primary school. The Imperial building offers substantial space, and opportunities to create an excellent new teaching and learning environment. Although located a couple of blocks away, EYFS and KS1 will, of course, also benefit from the use of the new facilities.
Although the school would operate with an EYFS annex from next September, and as a split site from 2015, we will ensure close liaison between the two sites for both children and staff: we are committed to operating as one unified Primary school.
As I’ve mentioned before, to minimize the risk of the school committing to additional classes before new premises are actually ready, we will keep the temporary and permanent expansion projects under review. We will agree to admit additional classes only as availability of the facilities becomes certain beyond a reasonable doubt.
We will shortly provide you with a Frequently Asked Questions document that will go into more detail on these various issues, followed by meetings with parents to give you the chance to ask further questions and share your thoughts. In the meantime, please do contact me if you have any queries.
To read the FAQs: Ashton Gate expansion FAQs
Friday, 22 March 2013
The Governors of Southville Primary School agree in principle to proceed to the feasibility stage of expansion of Southville Primary School to a three-form entry school across two sites. The composition of the classroom split across the two sites is yet to be decided at a future governing body meeting.
As part of this decision, governors seek a written commitment from the local authority that:
1. A safe route is created between the two sites that is acceptable to the school. This should include the exploration of a cut-through link at the Windsor house site, the creation of a safe crossing on North Street, and the prohibition of loading and unloading at the Tesco supermarket on North Street at the start and finish of the school day.
2. There will be sufficient financial support for cover for Senior Leadership and administrative staff, according to a costed plan, to enable a smooth transition for school expansion and to ensure that there is no detrimental effect on current provision.
3. Current commitments by Bristol City Council to improve the playground on the Stackpool Road site are honoured.
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Monday, 4 March 2013
Meanwhile, Luckwell primary school has agreed to take a bulge Reception class this coming September. This will be accommodated on site. The agreement was made on the proviso that it shouldn't compromise the quality of education that the school offers, nor should the building work cause any more disruption than is absolutely necessary. The agreement is for one year only and there is no plan to expand to two-form entry.
This means that two bulge classes (Compass Point and Luckwell) have now been secured for September out of the three that the area needs. The third should be announced soon.
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Drawings for plans to enable the school to expand will be on show and the architects will be available to discuss them.
These are open meetings.
Thursday, 21 February 2013
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
- stay as we are, a one form entry Primary School on the current site
- consider adding a new school building a short distance away, which would be completed in 2015. This would mean Southville Primary would remain as one school but operate across two sites and eventually be three forms of entry.
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Saturday, 12 January 2013
"As you are aware there is still uncertainty regarding the provision of Reception places in the local area for 2013-2014. Consequently, the Governors have made the decision not to re-open our Nursery class for September 2013. We do not wish to see parents and the school, possibly, once again, put in the very difficult position we were in last summer term.
The Southville Centre Nursery will therefore continue with the Nursery Class that opened this same year."
Sue Wilson (Head of Ashton Gate), 11th January 2013