Plan to extend Bristol schools

Proposals have been made to spend nearly £40m to create 370 extra places across 15 Bristol primary schools.

Parents have been told the spaces will be available for children starting in September 2012.

Clare Campion-Smith, from Bristol City Council, said families deserved greater certainty so they could make preferences for their school choices.

They have been told they can still amend their applications for next year ahead of the January deadline.

'Exciting project'

A cabinet meeting on 15 December at Bristol City Council is expected to approve the recommendations.

The 15 primary schools which are set to receive funding for building projects are: Avon, West Town Lane, St Anne's Infant and Juniors, St Peter's Primary, Fair Furlong, Compass Point, Ashton Gate, Oldbury Court, Henbury Court, Bridge Farm, Burnbush, Lockleaze, Filton Avenue Infants School, Two Mile Hill Infant and Colston Girls.

They will receive a share of £38.9m which will enable them to buy land and buildings.

"The work is not over for September 2012 and I expect we will be able to confirm some arrangements and announce more places as the academic year continues," added Ms Campion-Smith.

There are also plans for Filton Avenue Infants' School and Orchard School Bristol to work together in a joint venture that will see the infants' school taking over a wing on the Orchard site.

Talks have also begun to take over Redland Police station to use it as a school.

The council says this will be cheaper than building a new primary school.

'Exciting project'

The hope is that it can take on new pupils sooner as it will open in September 2012.

Filton Avenue Infants' head teacher Anne Rutherford said: "We are delighted to be working with Orchard School Bristol on this exciting project to provide much-needed additional primary places in this area of the city.

"Looking to the future we will continue to build on our outstanding track record.

"In September, our school will be on two sites, but we will have one aim - delivering outstanding education for our children."

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