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School Places Crisis


Dawn Primarolo MP joined with Bedminster and Southville Councillors Mark Bradshaw, Colin Smith & Sean Beynon to submit the following atatement to Bristol City Council's Cabinet meeting on December 15 2011.


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"The report before you, as it affects BS3, is a step in the right direction, but still does not provide certainty for parents with children entering primary school in 2012.  
It is of course positive that Compass Point has agreed to take an extra reception class.  We also understand this morning that Ashton Gate have agreed to take an extra class, subject to conditions.  We are grateful to the staff and governing bodies of both schools for their hard work in helping the city council address this problem.  

Despite these welcome decisions, it still seems likely that there will be a shortfall in BS3 places next year.  That is not acceptable, and we trust that officers will be working to find further solutions to ensure that every parent can be confident that their child will receive a local school place.  Parents will not forgive the Council if last year's shambles is repeated.  
Ultimately, it is clear that our area needs new schools, whether they are run as annexes of existing schools or brand new.  It is interesting that permanent solutions are being proposed for other parts of the city while south Bristol is still awaiting a permanent solution.  We know that officers have been exploring various options for a permanent solution, and hope that the Cabinet will be mindful of their responsibilities and ensure that appropriate funding is put aside to find this solution at the earliest opportunity."

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