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, 11 September 2014

Imperial Tobacco planning application

Yesterday the council met to consider the planning application for Ashton Gate primary school's expansion onto the Imperial Tobacco site on Upton road. Today the school wrote:

Planning permission for the Upton Road site has been agreed, apart from the partial road closure of Upton Road.

However the Local Authority recogniseq the need for appropriate traffic calming measures and will work with the school on this.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Ashton Gate school development plans

The plans for development of the Imperial Tobacco Offices in Upton Road and the refurbishment to this site are now on Bristol City Council’s Planning Portal. The references are:
14/02061/FB - Upton Road site
14/02038/LA – Ashton Gate site

Plans for the Upton Road site include:
- the closure of Upton Road to motor vehicles but 24 hour pedestrian and cycle access is maintained (subject to the approval of the proposal).
- a Year 3 playground in the existing rear yard at the back of the main building, with direct access from the four Y3 classrooms
- part of the building will not be used by the school, and will remain undeveloped, separated from the school by internal walls. This space is accessible from a separate staircase and exit, so that it could be sub-let 

Plans for the Ashton Gate site include:
- bringing all the classrooms down to the ground floor by converting the staff room and library into classrooms, and relocating the staff room and library on the first floor.

To search the Council's website:
The FB Design and Access Statement gives an overview of the whole proposal.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Some schools news

After a quiet period and while we await allocations of Reception places there is some fresh news.

The Council has announced the opening of a new primary school to be built on the Harbourside next to Spike Island. The news was reported in the Bristol Post:
Bristol Post New-primary-school

The Council told us this would not mean any changes to the plans for Ashton Gate and the Upton Road site.

Meanwhile, the planning application for Southville primary school's expansion onto Myrtle Triangle is now on the Bristol City Planning site. Beware, there are 46 documents!
Planning application Myrtle

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