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:

Thursday, 3 October 2013

The outlook for September 2014

Once again, all children in the area were able to go to a local school in September 2013, and we hope next year's applicants will be just as successful.

Applications for Reception are now open, and due by 15th January 2014.
The number of places that currently appear on the Council website for Bristol South in Sept 2014 are:
Ashton Gate: 90
Ashton Vale: 30
Holy Cross: 30
Luckwell: 30
Parson Street: 60
South Street / Compass Point: 60
Southville: 30

This is one class down on 2013/14 as the Luckwell bulge class was a one-off.

Forecast figures for Sept 2014 are up 37 on this year.
The Council are confident that they can make provisions for the shortfall for 2014:
- there are plans for the BS3 area that have yet to be confirmed.
On the periphery:
- a new primary school is due to open on Marksbury road as an academy in Sept 2014 with two forms of entry.
- Cathedral primary school is increasing its intake from 1 to 2 forms of entry. Please note that Cathedral does not give priority to children based on distance from the school.

The Council hope to be able to make these new places public before admissions close.

We will continue to liaise with the Council so as to update the community on how plans are progressing.

Useful links to the admissions website and to the guidebook for parents appear in the post below and in the right hand column. These include detailed information on the criteria used by schools when they are oversubscribed, furthest distance admitted last year and numbers of places.

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