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:

Monday, 4 March 2013

Bulge news

Southville Primary announced today that it would not be able take a bulge class in September 2013 as it was not possible to secure the extra space nearby that would have been necessary. So Southville will only have one Reception class in September. However it is continuing to consider long term expansion to three-form entry by taking on the Myrtle Triangle site as an annex from 2015.

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.

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