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, 12 March 2013

Consultation on Southville primary expansion

Southville primary school is inviting prospective parents and the community to take part in a consultation. Letter from the Head:
Southville Primary School
Consultation about expansion from one form of entry to three forms of entry in 2015

Bristol City Council and Southville Primary Governors have held discussions about the possibility of increasing the size of the school to provide three forms of entry for Reception age children in September 2015 to help to address the need for places in the area.

Their proposal is that Southville Primary School takes over a new building as additional accomodation on the Myrtle Triangle, where Hayleigh House currently stands. This means that the school would operate across two sites.

Several options for organising two sites were considered and it was decided that the most manageable option would be to have children from Nursery to Year 3 on the new purpose built site and Years 4 to 6 on the current site. Our lovely old building has undergone some refurbishment in the last few years and there are plans to improve the outside area as soon as planning permission is granted, however this site is too small to add any more classrooms.

Information made available to parents and carers at a meeting on 6th March 2013 can be found on the school blog:
There will be a further informal meeting at the school for anyone interested in finding out more or in asking questions about expansion on Monday 18th March between 7 – 8.30 pm.

The Governors are aware of their responsibilities to the school in considering implementing change, and to the local community in adding to the current provision to provide additional places for local children. However they would like to hear the views, supportive or otherwise, of as many people as possible before making a decision on 20th March.

If you can help us in our decision making process by making a comment please e-mail: or contact the Headteacher at Southville Primary School, Merrywood Road, Bristol BS3 1EB.

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