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Update 15th June 2011
We have been told by Gus Hoyt that there will not be another reception class at St werburghs due to 'significant site issues and genuine concerns' around COHMA and land pollution issues. Also that Fairfield school will not be able to be used a primary school this September.

We are still waiting for replies from Annie Hudson and her team at CYPS to confirm this and confirm that other proposals we made have been considered. Bristol City council are asking for your views on how they can create more primary places in the city, have your say and let them know that we need more school places in this area- click here

Update 17th May 2011
We have sent mails to Children's and Young Peoples Services (CYPS) and the head teacher at St Werburghs Primary School outlining actions highlighted at 6th May meeting. We are currently waiting the Council's formal response.

Our next planned actions are:
* ePetition which can be found here
*Leafleting to raise awareness of the admissions situation within the community.

What can you do now?
* Sign petition
*If you are able to help leafleting, please get in touch and we'll send you copies to you (+ let us know how to best get them to you.)
*Alongside this we would also recommend that you write to Annie Hudson Strategic Director at CYPS, outlining your thoughts, supporting our recommendations and making any further recommendations you may have.

Purpose of this group
The purpose of this page is to demand action from Bristol LEA to provide local schools for local kids. It should be our right and the right of our children to go to their local school, in their local community, walk to school, as we parents probably all did, and as the council encourage us to do!

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Minutes of meeting 6th May 2011
A public meeting was held on 6th may 2011, this was attended by Claire Campion- Smith executive council lead on education/ CYPS
Jon Rogers local Councillor
Mick Branaghan Admissions Team/ capital assets and access
Gus Hoyt local councillor
And around 25 concerned parents from the local area
Areas that were discussed included:
The appeals process and the lack of information that had been sent out to parents. This was causing stress and confusion. It was agreed that further information was needed by all parents.
Waiting lists
How distance from home to school were measured
The confusion caused by the naming of Ashley Down infants/Primary and how this had caused several children not getting a place at the Brunel fields site
The 5 year strategic plan and how this is too late for our children who are due to start in September.
Why it is important that our children go to school in the local community and why alternatives offered are not acceptable
What we as a community could do to help secure a reception class for 2011

We discussed several options including:
Siting of a temporary classroom within St Werburghs School to house an extra reception Class, whilst a longer term solution is found.
Use of St Matthias Pupil Referral Unit as overspill site for St Werburghs Primary School. Is there a possibility that current PRU could be re-located to Old Fairfield site?
Use of Old Fairfield Site while a solution within St Werburghs would be the preferred option, this is a closer and much more suitable option than alternatives offered such as Glenfrome and Millponds primary schools
Since the meeting we have written to Claire Smith (Headteacher) and asked for her help and support, written to Annie Hudson (director of Children and Young people's services) and written a follow up letter to Mick Branaghan

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
WRITE TO CLAIRE SMITH. HEAD TEACHER AT ST.WERBURGHS PRIMARY SCHOOL AND TELL HER WHY YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO GO TO HER SCHOOL AND THAT YOU SUPPORT THE IDEA, AND THE SCHOOL.
WRITE TO LOCAL COUNCILLORS GUS HOYT AND JON ROGERS
SPREAD THE WORD- THIS NOT ONLY AFFECTS THIS YEARS ENTRANTS BUT ALSO CHILDREN WHO WILL WANT TO GO TO A LOCAL SCHOOL IN THE FUTURE.

If you would like a copy of the meeting minutes in full and/or copies of any of the letters written please Email us

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