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:

Friday, 22 March 2013

2013 update: Ashton Gate bulge class

The Council has issued an update on Reception places for 2013 including its intention for a bulge class at Ashton Gate primary school (an intake of 90 instead of 60). These extra places will be included in the allocations to be made on April 19th. 
It is worth clarifying however that the bulge class is conditional on the buildings actually being available in time for September.
Ashton Gate head of governors writes: "We will agree to admit additional classes only as availability of the facilities becomes certain beyond a reasonable doubt".

Received today from the Council

Primary School Places in Greater Bedminster
September 2013

There will be 360 Reception places available at schools within the Greater Bedminster Neighbourhood Partnership Area for September 2013. Just less than 350 on-time applications were received. There are therefore enough places to ensure every child living within the area can be offered a place at a local school.

Ashton Gate Primary
30 additional places (meaning a total of 90) will be provided using a temporary building to be located on the car park of the Imperial Tobacco offices on Upton Road. A suitably sized area of the car park will be completely separated to provide space for the necessary classrooms and ancillary spaces and to provide adequate outside space for 90 Reception age children. The necessary planning application was submitted on 15th March and an order has been placed with Portakabin for the building. The application is due to appear on the planning application page of the City Council website on Friday 22nd March.

Compass Point: South Street Primary School
Compass Point will again offer 60 places. The programme of refurbishment and extension to enable the school to grow to a full two form entry school is progressing on budget and on schedule.

Luckwell Primary School
A detailed programme of works to adapt the library space into a classroom is being agreed with the school. This will enable the school to admit an additional 30 pupils in September 2013, giving a total of 60 Reception places.

Southville Primary School
The school is currently consulting parents on plans to expand using new facilities to be provided by September 2015 on the site of the former Hayleigh Elderly Persons Home.

Summary of Places Available for September
The total number of Reception places to be allocated for September 2013 at each of the schools in the area is as follows:

Ashton Gate Primary 90
Ashton Vale Primary 30
Compass Point: South Street Primary 60
Holy Cross Catholic Primary 30
Luckwell Primary 60
Parson Street Primary 60
Southville Primary 30

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