There has recently been a lot of focus in the local press on Bristol’s children, specifically school admissions and school places – or rather lack of school spaces.
It’s easy to dismiss this subject as annually recurring political point-scoring, or hand-wringing “won’t someone think of the children” rhetoric from fretful middle-class mothers, who seem to think that Tarquin is in some unique situation and something needs to be done urgently now.
I certainly won’t be re-treading the well-worn ground of stating how a lack of school places is damaging for kids. What has interested me however, while looking into this issue, was the idea of how the lack of primary school places divides and damages communities.
Whilst reading an annual, regulation “OMG, there is a school shortage” article, I was pleased to see that there was a group in Bristol coming at this issue not from the usual stance of a militant, angry parent, but looking deeper into the issue and how it affects not only the children and parents, but entire communities in Bristol. This group is the Bristol Primary Admissions Crisis, and I managed to speak with their founder, Liz Haydon-Turner.
See article on Evening Post website