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, 30 April 2013

2014 and beyond

We are delighted that the local schools have been able to accommodate all children living in the area who are starting school in September.
The long term plans for the area should enable all local children to go to school within the community. While this is very welcome news, these solutions will not be in place before 2015.
This means that there will be one if not two fewer Reception classes in September 2014: the Luckwell bulge class is for one year only, and Ashton Gate may need to reduce to two instead of three classes (see details below).

Ashton Gate

2013: Three reception classes on half of the Imperial Tobacco car park site on Upton Road.
The nursery remains at the Southville Centre.

2014: The school will decide whether to bring the nursery onto the Upton Road site or to leave it at the Southville Centre.
The school may need to reduce its intake to two Reception classes in September 2014 if the new site is unlikely to be ready by 2015. Otherwise there would not be enough room to accommodate the 2014 Reception children on the Ashton Gate site once they moved up to Year 1 one year later.

2015: Four-form entry, with nursery, Reception-Year 2 on the existing site, Year 3 to Year 6 on the new Upton Road site

Compass Point / South Street
2013 onwards: the school is now a two-form entry school. Building work is being undertaken to provide space for the new classes and for the children's services.

2013: bulge class taking the school to two form-entry for one year only (the children in the bulge class will of course remain in the school throughout their primary years)
2014: back to one form of entry as there is no space on the site of another class

Southville Primary
2013: one Reception class
2014: one Reception class
2015: expansion (subject to conditions) to include the Myrtle Triangle site.
Southville Primary school has been considering two options for expansion:

1) A single form entry school on the (existing) Stackpool Road site and two form entry on the Myrtle Triangle (from 2015), creating two vertically grouped schools (Reception to Year 6) or
2) Years 4,5,6 on the Stackpool Road site and Nursery to year 3 on the Myrtle Triangle site.

Governors considered this very carefully, taking into account strongly expressed views about the advantages and disadvantages of both options. Governors voted by a majority of 11 to 1 for the second option.
The local authority are exploring how to make access as safe as possible between the two sites.

The other schools in the area are not currently affected by any changes to their intake.

If your child is starting school in 2014 or later and you would like to get involved with the campaign group, email us at

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