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

Southville primary to expand from 2015

The following resolution was agreed by a unanimous vote at the Full Governing Body of Southville Primary School at their meeting on 20th 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.

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