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Just in: Bristol to receive £18M in funding for primary schools

Hot off the press (in fact, not even in the press yet): Bristol has been allocated £18 million of the required £110 million in funding needed to meet the immediate needs of school children in Bristol. According to BBC Bristol, the city has received the fifth largest sum of money.  No other details are available … Continue reading

Primary school allocations to be announced in April (from 2014)

According to the BBC this morning, the Government has announced that all Councils around the country will have to announce primary school allocations on the same day – April 14 – from 2015 (as it will be introduced from Autumn 2014). A small piece of good news for parents.  At least that will give us … Continue reading

Evening Post: Parents have “no chance” of winning appeal

An article in this morning’s paper confirms that parents appealing the Council’s primary school allocation decisions will have no chance of winning the appeal.  Which is also reinforced by letters they’ve sent out to parents over the last week.

Lib Dems: Another 3,000 places needed by 2015

It is thought an extra 3,000 primary school places will be needed in Bristol by 2015. Bristol’s Liberal Democrats are calling on the Education Secretary Michael Gove to pledge support to solve the primary school places crisis in the city, saying it is not clear what funds they will have over the next few years. … Continue reading

ITV: school places debate

Worried parents whose children have failed to secure places at the primary school of their choice are taking their protest direct to council leaders tonight (21st June). Hundreds face missing out on Bristol’s most popular schools which are heavily oversubscribed. Some four-year-olds have been offered alternative schools several miles from their home. By: Richard Payne

Bristol mum may have to quit her job for primary school run

MUM Emma Harris fears she might have to give up her job in a hospital operating theatre because of Bristol’s primary school places crisis. The 30-year-old was shocked when her daughter Lily did not get into any of the schools near their home in St George and was given one at a primary that is … Continue reading

Boy, four, given place 26 schools away from home

A boy of four has been offered a place at the 26th nearest school to his home because of an area’s shortage of reception class places. Read full article on Daily Telegraph Website Same story on Daily Mail Website

Primary school students driven to school ‘fail to know where they live’

Researchers found one in five children who were driven to school by their parents failed to give their home address, Despite living within two miles of their school, three in four could not even give their suburb’s postcode. Read full article on Daily Telegraph Website

A mother’s dilemma as Bristol parents feel primary school squeeze

LITTLE Zachary Yates faces a lengthy journey to his classroom after he was offered the 26th nearest school to his Redland home. His anxious mother Kirstey said she is at her wits’ end as she struggles to find a solution for the start of her son’s formal education in September. Read full story on Evening … Continue reading

School places bill for Bristol Council up to £2.5m

The bill for providing extra classrooms in Bristol’s schools to ensure there are enough places for all the city’s four-year-olds in September has rocketed to nearly £2.5 million. This is in addition to more than £1.5m spent by the city council to cope with the crisis last year. The escalating costs mean the authority will … Continue reading