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: southbristolsc@gmail.com

Thursday, 27 June 2013

public consultation on Ashton Gate Imperial Tobacco site

A public consultation is being organised by the contractor designing plans for the new school at the Old Imperial Tobacco building. It will be held on July 4th at Ashton Gate primary school at 3.30-4.30pm and 6-7pm.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Public Consultation Nr 1 to be held on 04th July 2013

As you may be aware, Skanska are working in partnership with the Local Education Partnership (LEP) and Bristol City Council to prepare design options which support the expansion of Ashton Gate Primary School  and a new school building at the Old Imperial Tobacco building on Upton Road from 2 form entry and 60 pupils per year to 4 form entry and 120 pupils per year divided between both sites.  This supports a Bristol City Council initiative to increase facilities which may be provided at the above site.

We intend to work closely with the School to produce designs which meet their needs. To enable the local community and all parties who may be affected by the proposed development to comment and understand the design at this early stage we have arranged for community involvement meetings to be held on Thursday 4th  July 2013.

To ensure this is a fully inclusive invitation we have arranged for two sessions;
Community Involvement Meeting Nr 1 – 3.30 to 4:30pm
Community Involvement Meeting Nr 2 – 6:00 to 7.00pm

Venue in the Main Hall  Ashton Gate School, Ashton Gate Primary school

We intend to record and incorporate wherever possible the comments generated at the event, this will help support any future planning applications.

We look forward to meeting you on the 4th July.

Yours faithfully,

Rupert Hurst - Operations Manager - Skanska

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