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, 19 December 2013

Ashton Gate nursery to remain at Southville Centre next year

Received today from Ashton Gate's Chair of Governors

Latest news on the school expansion / nursery in 2014

Dear Parents and Carers

I have been Chair of Governors for two terms now and am enjoying getting into the role. I want to thank Lloyd Fletcher for all the hard work that he has done over last few years. Lloyd is going to stay on as an Associate Governor until the end of the school year. Thanks are also due to Kitty Fleming (Parent Governor) and Alan Fear (Staff Governor) for their contribution. We are in the process of an election for two new Parent Governors, whom I look forward to meeting in January. If you would like to find out more about what the governors do for the school, please feel free to contact me.

We continue to work with Bristol City Council to deliver the expansion to the school. This expansion will give more local children the chance to go to a nearby school. The new Reception block is working well and I have received positive messages from both staff and parents. We are looking at the plans for the new building which should soon be submitted to the Council’s planning committee.

In parallel with the new Reception block we came to an arrangement with the Southville Centre regarding the Nursery. The governors met on Tuesday when we discussed the arrangements for the Nursery for 2014‐15. It was clear that putting a Nursery class into the existing Reception block would have a significant effect on the quality of the teaching that is being delivered. There would also have been a financial impact on the money that we can spend in the existing school. Consequently, the governors agreed not to re‐open the Nursery in 2014. I am happy to announce that we will be maintaining our Nursery agreement with the Southville Centre for September 2014. We will continue to look at re‐opening the Nursery in September 2015 as part of the wider expansion project. I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and we will see you all in the New Year.

David Sawyers
Chair of Governors

Monday, 2 December 2013

Update: Southville Primary School 2014 Intake

Below is the most recent letter from Southville Primary School. For the full (easier to read) version, click on the link below.