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, 22 January 2013

Negotiations for a new site ongoing

Although the Council were unable to confirm arrangements for addressing the deficit in places for September 2013 prior to applications closing, they have assured us that efforts are continuing to secure sites locally.
A report will be submitted to Cabinet for approval on Thursday 24th January to authorise the acquisition of land/premises as part of the Council's approach to create extra primary school places in the area.

The Council hope to be able to reveal plans in more detail next month.

Some excerpts from the report:

"Within the Greater Bedminster partnership area the [Revised School Organisation] Strategy identifies there will be a shortfall equivalent to 5FE [forms of entry, i.e classes] of primary school provision by 2016 unless the City Council takes action to address the shortfall.
An opportunity has arisen for the Council to purchase a site which would enable the development of additional primary school facilities."

"Schools in the area have been sympathetic to the needs of the community and of the City Council in meeting the requirement for additional places. Land is at a premium within local schools and unless additional land can be acquired further expansion is not possible. The acquisition of a new site for expansion would give schools, parents and Governors confidence that they will have facilities available for additional admissions in September 2013 and beyond."

To read the whole report:

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