We, the undersigned, believe there is significant need for a new or additional secondary school in North West Bristol and call on Bristol City Council to meet the needs of parents living in this area.
Deadline to sign: 31 December 2014 — Signatures: 353
Secondary school provision is a problem in the whole of Bristol, with poor achieving schools and unhappy parents. With the BS9 area, the problem is lack of schools to meet demand. We are in the Redland Green catchment area (BS6) but even we are concerned we may not get in when the time comes (my daughter did not get into Bishop Road (her local primary)
A needed and timely campaign. However being Bristol North born and bred myself, my parents faced a similiar dilema back in the late 80s when there was no local provision at that time (unless I was happy with 2 buses and results that would make you shudder). Its sad that BCC seems to think we can all afford to go private, as for most people this is not an option.
Need to get the whole community behind this regardless of postcodes.
My first child is waiting to hear whether or not he has a place at our 'local school' (Redland). It's doubtful... Our younger son is in year 1, an extra class was needed at Bishop Road to cope with all the children needing places. How will they all fit into the existing secondary schools when their time comes?
Currently looking for home in BS9 - as job relocates in February.
We have 2 children of primary school age and we are really concerned about the appalling lack of places at primary and secondary schools in BS9. Why has Bristol City Council let the area down over such a long period?
BS9 is the Bermuda Triangle of good scondary school education, for those who can't pay. We need to take action to ensure our children are given a fair chance.
We truly need more secondary schools in the bs9 area. & bnw area. i support oasis westbury becoming an all through school. but more are needed....
We all agree a secondary school is needed BS9 area,
i support St Ursul's becoming an Academy
We all agree that a secondary school is desperately needed - St Ursula's becoming an Academy needs support as a matter of urgency before the opportunity for Oasis to take it over is lost. If this happens, this will benefit everyone locally and give the quickest solution to this problem with an All Through school open to local children from September 2011. As well as supporting this very necessary petition, please also join the Save St Ursula's Facebook group - the more numbers there too, the more evidence there will be to provide to Bristol City Council showing the demand the school to become an Academy serving the local community
I think This would be a better use of the Stoke Lodge playing fields than fencing it off for a select few at Cotham Gramar school.
Do families in BS9 have to move out of the Bristol area to get thier children into a decent secondary school?
BCC/the LEA have a Statutory Duty to provide Local Education which ought to be of a reasonable standard.As a product of a Comprehensive School I strongly support the need for a state school.Why should anyone have to pay twice if they go private as they've already paid taxes into the system & cannot afford /do not wish to pay school fees?As a father to two young children,1 of whom goes to the excellent Henleaze Infant School I am extremely concerned about my children's educational futures. Although our postcode is BS6 this does not in any way guarantee a place at the the very over subscribed RGS.
We need to have a local secondary school within the area so that children can continue their education in their own community and not need be bused out to other areas or going into the private sector.
As a parent with children in Elmlea, I feel a local catchment area secondary school would improve the community considerably.
As a Henleaze mum of 3 young children, I think it is vital that Bristol City Council address the appalling lack of secondary schools available to BS9 children - we need a local school with a local intake to maintain the community spirit endendered through the wonderful education at henleaze Infant & junior schools. It isn't too much to ask surely that we have access to a decent state school?? Contrary to popular belief, not all BS9 parents are able to afford a private education - and I for one, wouldn't want to do that anyway, much rather send my kids to a local state school. Come on BCC, help us out!
The proposal to convert St Ursula's to an academy should be supported
As a North West Bristol parent, it is unbelievable that I am now facing the same dilemma as my parents in the 1980's over lack of a secondary school in this area. Surely nearly three decades later Bristol City Council should have addressed educational provision for all it's resident children by now!
Have been living in Bristol for nearly two years and shocked at the shortage of good primary schools in the area. My son is having to go to his 3rd choice of primay school and I have now begun to worry about Secondary school choices.
BS9 needs a secondary school in walking distance for the primaries to feed into.
And going on the outraged comments from people in BS10 (who seem to begrudge people in BS9 a secondary school), they need one too!
St Ursulas needs to be a mixed school, not single sex, with a local catchment area. There is more than enough local demand for places and makes most sense for many other reasons. Without a local catchment, children will be shipped in from all over Bristol and beyond, adding to the already horrendous Bristol traffic and polluting the environment. We would also lose the local community feel that a local school brings.
I understand that parents in BS9 want an alternative secondary school to that of the ones available. However, it is not only those parents that would like their children to have this opportunity. What about children that live in BS10 whose parents simply cannot afford to move to BS9!!! St Ursula's should not be made into a catchment area so that all children can apply. It's hardly fair to discount a child due to a post code lottery.
I am very concerned that options for my young daughter's education are limited due to my post code!
BS9 parents are tax and council tax payers and therefore BCC should actively engage with this campaign.
A decent ALL THROUGH Academy school is what is needed in this area. Agreed - There are no decent secondary schools in this area, but let us not forget the hundreds of children that did not get into any of their local primary schools. However wonderful they may be there is still a severe lack of places to cater for all our primary aged children!
This is much needed. But making St Ursula's an Academy would not help - it needs to be a catchment school.
How come Bristol Council is not prepared to meet the demands of LOCAL secondary school places, when it is mandatory to provide your children with education. There are FOUR primary schools in BS9 not feeding into a local secondary school. The nearest sencondary school is nearly 2 miles from where we live (and not walking/cycling distance)and unfortunately, we cannot afford to send our daughter to an independant school.
Our children went to St Ursula's and we were satisfied with both the standard of education and the ethos of the school. Times have changed but the idea of turning it into an academy seems excellent considering the need.
Secondary school education is dire in Bristol unless you are prepared to pay. We have good primary, FE and HE. BS9 is in desperate need of a good secondary education facility which is not fee-paying.
I will have no alternative but to move out of the BS9 area, if I want my children to have a decent eduction at secondary schoool level.
This is an excellent opportunity for the Council and community to meet the educational needs of the local area head on. Please no more excuses this time.
St Ursula’s would make an ideal academy; the school is in the right location, it has ample room for growth, it provides easy access for North Bristol, it has excellent potential for sports facilities, and many more very good reasons. With time critical time lines, it is more sensible to work with an existing school than to consider building a new one.
It is hard to understand why this is not a straight forward process. Both St. Ursula’s and the local community need it to happen.
If this was a decision being made in the private sector it would happen quickly and efficiently with real vigour and determination. Because it is a Council decision it worries me that the powers that be will let it drag on with no real impetus. Let’s make the Council accountable and make sure this doesn’t happen. On a personal note; I will be writing to David Cameron and asking for his support. I would also like to thank Charlotte Leslie for her help so far with this.
There are countries like Sweden where you simply send your kids to the nearest school. It's never a worry because they all operate to similar high standards. This results in kids from their local neighbourhood attending the same school and they grow up together playing in the same streets. Pollution and traffic is minimised as everyone is within walking distance. House prices don't get distorted and there's piece of mind and better quality of life all round. Doesn't this make sense to everyone?
It just want to ensure that my daughter has access to a good standard of education at secondary level. At present that is being denied to her and many other children simply becasue of where they live. This situation can be rectified and must be by those who are responsible and accountable for the education of our children.
I strongly support a new secondary school for the area. Bristol CC have badly let down so many children in our area - from primary level right through to secondary. We live less than half a minute walk away from Elmlea Primary School gates and were allocated a reception place 2 miles away for our child. The allocated school is the 6th closest primary school to our house and close to the bottom of the league table. The council's admissions procedures for all schools in Bristol are ridiculous and unfair and they certainly do not advocate local schools for local children. Referring to the 2010 primary admissions booklet they state that if they find out a parent has lied to obtain a place for their child at a well sought after school, they will not remove the child if the child is already in attendance. Bristol CC's message to parents is crystal clear - lie and take your chance! It is a well known fact that people lie about their address, rent flats or other properties near to Redland Green School and then move back to their own out of catchment area property soon after their child has been allocated a place. I would like to know how many out of area children are now at Redland Green School (I will write to Bristol CC under the FOI Act. This is no doubt a contributing factor for the RGS catchment area shrinking.
The stress and strain, both emotional and financial placed on parents in our area is unbelievable. We need more options in Henleaze to avoid moving out.
We are supposed to be in the official catchment area of Redland Green School, but we have absolutely no chance of getting our sons in there, and there doesn't seem to be any even half-decent alternative. The provision (or lack of!) secondary state schools in north-west Bristol is scandalous and something needs to be done ASAP.
I am a secondary school Science teacher and have also recently become a mother too which has increased my concern about the lack of state provision in terms of secondary schools in this area. State secondary provision in Bristol is unacceptable, there appears to have been no real improvement in the 5 years that I have lived here.
There is a definite need for additional state schools in this area.
Currently, there is a lack of provision for children when choosing secondary schools which either means relocating a whole family to an area where provision is better or a very long journey for children who end up going to schools outside of Bristol.
This is not a choice that parents should have to make, state secondary school provision needs to be improved, not everyone who lives in this area has the financial security to send their children to independent schools in order for them to continue to remain living in this area.
I fully support the need for a new school in the area
Stoke Lodge and St Ursula's aren't much of an option for those children on Northover/Westover. We will undoubtedly be too far away geographically to get into either. We can't even get our kids into WOT Primary which is such a short walk away.
We have a daughter who is 4 in July and I am having to fight to get her into our local primary school, 0.4miles away after she was refused at first entry. Without sufficient secondary school provision we will be forced to move away to get her into a good state school. The need for better schools is paramount and cannot be ignored any longer.
This area needs another secondary school. It would undoubtedly be well supported. BS9 seems a great area to live in, until you have children and face the secondary education issue. Children might get a great primary education, but at secondary stage they scatter all over the place because parents feel that to move or go private are the only options. I'm worried that my daughter will soon stop making friends in her primary school, since no sooner does she make a friend than the child moves away due to older siblings' secondary education needs! I would love to feel settled in this area and know that my children could just continue up through the local state schools with their friends, like children in other areas can.
The worry about secondary shools in this area is a hot topic almost from the moment your children are born. We have a 5 year old attending W-O-T Primary and a 3 year old who will hopefully follow suit. We love the community that comes with this school. We dearly hope our children will be able to continue into a good secondary school within their local community and with their primary school friends. This sentiment is echoed by many!
18 months ago our eldest daughter moved from her final year at Henleaze Junior school. From her class of 25 pupils, children went to 14 different schools and she was split from her friends. Without a new state secondary school I am sure we will continue to repeat this situation.
We desperately need this to be pushed through in time for September 2011 admissions.
Both my daughters attended the school during the 70's-80's.
St Ursula's gaining academy status seems a good solution. The need is desperate.
With two sons of primary/junior school age the need for a new secondary school in the area could not be higher. As with other comments below private is too expensive and the only alternatives are bussing or moving - and I really want my sons to go onto the next stage of their education with their friends, and where they can walk! Please Bristol Council give this the go ahead.
All I have read wherever I look is that the campaign wants a new secondary school for children in Henleaze, Westbury-on-Trym and Stoke Bishop. The BS9 postcode is banded about frequently and carelessly.
Don’t you think parents in other nearby areas are equally concerned about their children’s education. What about the other North West Bristol areas? BS10 for example, Brentry, Southmead etc. Or are the parents living in BS9 secretly hoping for something a little more exclusive for them only? A little bit like those who could afford to move to the Redland Green catchment did….. Gloating in the playground, making snide remarks referring to what the rest of us have left for a choice of schools, I bet we’ll see plenty more of this again after the half term break as the BS9’ers start bragging about their postcode.
I hope if this goes ahead then let it be an academy so *Everyone* gets a fair chance, not just the postcodes ….. again!
Bristol City Council, please note my comments!
please send me minutes and details of further meetings
another school is really needed in this area.
moving into BS9 soon.
I would like to understand how Bristol City Council would cope,if all parents decided to send their children to their local secondary school. There would never be sufficient places and they have wrongly assumed that we can all afford Private Education for our children - we cannot.
I fully support the long overdue provision of a new secondary school in north-west Bristol
As the campaigners against the siting of RGS pointed out at the time, the obvious place for a secondary school large enough to serve the area must be Stoke Lodge. RGS was never going to be adequate. I hope the powers that be will now get a move on and use our money to build a big enough school with proper facilities where we need it.
Our children should be able to go to school with other children from their own community. All the children who have attended primary school together should be able to attend secondary school together.
We have 2 children at Elmlea Infants' school and plan to move out of the area in the next couple of years - purely because of the lack of decent secondary schools.
Please give us another option!
Good luck with this very worthy campaign. We supposedly live in the Redland Green catchment area but have almost no chance of getting our sons in there as you have to live virtually next door to get in. I know of so many parents like us in this area in the same situation - we desparately need a new school - I would love to stay and send my children to school in this area but see no option but to move at the moment. Also with the huge increase in primary school children in our area at the moment (we are part of a four-form 120 reception-year pupils at Bishop Road this year) - where on earth are all those children going to get school places?
a new state secondary school for henleaze, westbury-on-trym and stoke bishop is very badly needed and its provision is very long overdue.
Having had a poor secondary school education myself, I want to have the option of sending my daughter to a decent school in our area. I don't believe that an independent school is necessarily the answer to a rounded education. But there is no way I will be sending her to the local schools that are currently on offer.
We moved to Henleaze so we would be in the Henleaze Infant and Junior, and Redland Green catchment area;and paid a premium for our house because of this. We now are extremely unlikely to get a place at Redland Green as we live too far away. We do not want to move again and I would like my children to be able to walk to a secondary school where they can get a good education.A new secondary school for BS9 please.
The children of Henleaze deserve a decent education and I fully support this campaign.
Like most middle-income families, Private education is these days out of our reach. You only have to look at the schools on the verge of going out of business to realise that people can’t afford to keep picking up the tab for the Councils lack of action. 4 out every 5 family’s I have spoken to say they are resigned to moving out of Bristol. Thornbury, Portishead, Backwell and so on. Our community is being dismantled year after year. It has to get sorted now!! We can not let the Council fail yet another generation of Children.
Bristol secondary school education has long been a disgrace, which was not improved as many hoped by Redland Green. Although we supposedly live in the catchment area we know from our neighbours' stressful experiences that there is no realistic chance that our sons will get places in 4 years time. Like so many others we therefore face either moving or having to send them to fee paying schools, which means that I have to continue working full time when in reality I would rather stay at home with my children. We have many very good primary schools in this city and we would be more than happy to send our children to a good secondary school, with many of the friends that they have made/will continue to make in their early years schooling. There is clearly a demand for a new school and I fully support this petition.
Children from a primary school should all be able to move up to a secondary school together, rather than be scattered across lots of different schools. Building a new school in north bristol will give the kids what they deserve from their local council and releive pressure on current schools in other areas.
We're in RGS catchment, but no/miracle chance of getting in. Others settled their children in primary school knowing their children were in RGS catchment only to have the catchment shrink in front of their eyes. The Council rely on affluent areas to choose independent schooling... I'm not benefitting much from the tax we pay at the moment! New school for North Bristol please.
I fully support the campaign for a new school in the area.
Primary schools are excellelnt in the area but not secondary.
What a waste of 7 years of evolving peer relationships and mutual support.Each class is fragmented and the children are scattered across Bristol's secondary schools.
Like all the other comments read below we will be forced to leave the area if the situation doesn't change.It seems crazy that there is no where decent to send our children to secondary.
The parents and children in north-west Bristol deserve better support from their education authority, rather than have their futures sacrificed for political and ideological ends. Any parent with the slightest concern for their child's future will try everything in their means to get the best education possible. If they cannot afford to pay for private education, which is our position, then they will look at the higher quality provision offered by adjacent authorities. This means that we will either move away from friends and our established community, or travel considerable distances each day, with the resultant detrimental effect on our lives and the environment. Provision of a new secondary school serving Westbury on Trym, Stoke Bishop and Henleaze will undoubtedly be well supported by the communities it serves, helping to raise the overall standard in the City rather than exporting the good results to North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. There will be kknock-on benefits to traffic and the environment. Come on Bristol - help us to help you to help our children.
Like so many others - this is the second campaign for a secondary school in the Stoke Bishop/Westbury on Trym area that we have supported. Redland Green clearly did not meet expectations in that regard. This is a huge worry now that we have 2 children who will shortly be in need of a decent secondary education. We know so many people who are being forced to consider a move out of the area because they simply cannot afford to pay for private education and should not have to accept the circumstances of long bus journeys etc for the current state alternatives. We can only hope that this campaign succeeds before that decision becomes a reality for us.
For far too long, Bristol City Council has been allowed to get away with providing second-rate secondary education in the city, hence the proliferation of so many private schools in the BS8 and BS9 postcodes. We have a number of excellent primary schools in BS9 and I don't want to have to move out of the area or be forced to bus my children to secondary schools outside Bristol. With 2 children, private education isn't really an option for us and to be quite frank we pay enough tax already, so we should expect a good standard of secondary education without having to go down this route. We urgently need a new secondary school to serve the BS9 postcode.
I think the secondary education options in this area are a disgrace and have been for far too long. I hope my 3 year old will have decent options in 7 years time.
Bristol really needs to address the lack of good state secondary schools. It is such a great city, but is really let down by this very important issue.
A fantastic and much needed campaign, I'll pass on the info. to get as many more signatures as possible.
The single biggest issue worrying parents with children aged 11 and under in north Bristol is where are they going to go to school. I meet other parents every day who are tearing their hair out with worry about the situation, many of them considering either moving home or trying to find the money to send their kids to private school. This is, of course, a national problem. But we have something bang smack in the middle of our community that requires an immediate local solution. Demands must be made, green field issues ignored, pressure applied on the relevant bodies. One final thought. Why have the Government used so much money to rebuild so many schools when there was nothing much wrong with the actual buildings in the first place. What we needed was better education, not a better environment to study in.
A big worry for our children. future. What's more important than investing in their futures? I can't afford private schooling and I don't want to leave the area, at present there is no solution to this quandary. It needs sorting NOW.
We uprooted our family and moved here because it was once in the catchment for the new school - now our children are of secondary age this is no longer the case. We feel betrayed by the city and it breaks our hearts to feel forced into bussing our children out of area simply in order to give them a fair chance of a good enough education. It is all that parents in this area ever talk about. A school here in the heart of our community would undoubtedly raise standards for state education in Bristol and would be instantly oversubscribed. Everybody would benefit.
We have been here before. We petitioned for a school for this area several years ago and were fobbed off with one in Redland, way out of our area. There is a strong community here yet children of secondary school age are scattered everywhere due to the lack of a local school.
I love living in BS9, but will be forced to leave due to inadequate secondary education.
There are no provisions for secondary schools in North Bristol.
The councils lack of interest in schools in the north is also proven in primary schools, which this year has been a farce over place allocation.
Its time the council that we put in power listened to its voters and deal with the lack of funding and school places, before we vote with our pens and remove them from their position
I have a little girl Izzy and I was recently looking at primary shools (although Iz is only 2-it's playing on my mind!!)
The Primary Schools have some wonderful results. However, he Secondary prospects make for scary Ofsted reading!!
It is a beautiful, safe and thriving area to live and I simply cannot understand why there isn't a decend Secondary option.
It's simply a MUST!!!!
I'm thrilled to hear of your campaign.
We moved to this street as it fell into the Redland Green Catchment area, only to find we have no chance whatsoever of getting into Redland Green. If the situation doesn't change we are likely to move out of the area again before our children reach secondary age which would be a real shame.
We live in the area in the hope that our children get the best education possible only then to fail them at secondary level.
As obvious as the day is long that this school should be built and will be an instant and long term success. As many others have noted it will also boost Bristol's poor record in secondary education. A complete no-brainer!
There is a clear demand for decent secondary education in the NW Bristol area. Unfortunately, due to its siting, the new Redland Green school has done nothing to address the this shortfall. Parents therefore continue to be faced with the choice of either bussing or driving their children out of the area, moving house or having to find the money to pay for independent education. Despite leaving us little choice, the school leavers statistics for Elmlea provide compelling evidence that parents are not prepared to put at risk their childrens education by allowing them to be placed at either of the current local secondary schools.
Due to the lack of a credible NW Bristol secondary school our two children were bussed out to North Somerset - many of our friends opted for the private education route. BS9 desperately needs a good secondary school that provides for the catchment area. Apart from righting a social injustice its creation would significantly improve Bristols education rating. The current norm is for higher achieving pupils to be creamed off to independant & other counties schools.
I've spoken to a lot of parents who believe it's a crime not to have a secondary school in the area. People are being forced to either pay out for expensive private education or bus their children for miles to find a decent school. The Redland Green school was put in the wrong place. I'm convinced that a secondary school in the Westbury-on-Trym, Henleaze and Stoke Bishop area would be very well attended and have huge parent support.
I am so very pleased to be signing this petition. After the high standard of primary schools in this area it seems farcical that there are not more options available to these children for their secondary school. A new school would attract so many great kids and great teachers alike. Good luck with it all!
I have grandchildren living in Bristol and would like them to have the opportunity of a good secondary education
It seems that the only option at the moment is to pay for private education. Both my husband and I grew up in Westbury on Trym and our parents were forced to take this route. With rising fees we are questioning whether we can afford to have any more children believing this will be our only option for our 2 year old daughter.
As a parent of 2 children at Elmlea Junior school the lack of a viable State School is a concern for both me and most other parents. Good luck with the campaign.
I have a 6 year daughter who attends Elm Lea Infants Schhol. I do support private education as I feel all children from all backgrounds should have the same opportunities and the same high standard of education from start to finsh. However, I am now finding myself in a postition of having to pay for secondary education or move to an area where there is a decent senior school. Whilst I am sure if enough parents sent their children to the local shcool it would raise the standards but I, like my friends, refuse to compromise my daughters edcuation. Either the government must sort this situation out or provide a decent senior school in this area.
With good primary and junior education provided in the area. It is unacceptable that we cannot offer our children a good secondary education. A new school is deperately needed.
With so many children commuting out of the city to be educated, something has to be wrong. Our children deserve a decent local school.
Having four young daughters this is going to become a very big issue for us. It is very hard to believe that there is not a good local school for so many excellent local primary schools.
Another secondary school is very much needed to cater for the growing number of children in Henleaze, Westbury on Trym, Stoke Bishop etc. A minority of the children in this area are able to get into Redland Green School.We have really good primary schools in this area but as a grandmother of 3 boys under 4 years old, I really worry about their future education after 11.
A real concern for parents in the North West Bristol area.
well-planed new secondary state schools are desperately needed in BS9 area.
Although anything resulting from the campaign will be too late for us - our daughter is just entering Year 6 and will probably be leaving the city for her secondary education - I fully support the campaign and hope it brings to the attention of the authorities and the government the folly of deciding not to build at Stoke Lodge as originally considered. Once again the silent middle majority get overlooked.
Best of luck
We are hoping to move to NW Bristol, but one of our major concerns is the lack of state secondary school places. It seems unbelievable that Bristol City Council does not provide suitable secondary education for a large proportion of children in North Bristol. This new school is desperately needed!
This is an essential issue for us in North West Bristol. At the moment, my eldest is just starting school and already we are worrying about what on earth we will do in 6 years' time. At the moment, there is no realistic option for us in terms of secondary education. A school is needed in Henleaze, but it also needs to be a school of a much bigger size than Redland Green, so that it can cater for ALL the children in the area. I am keen to help in any way that I can to make sure that there is a good, local secondary school for my children to attend.
A school is a large part of the local community, all our children disband after primary and have to travel many different schools. Not good for the children and their established relationships, the community or environment.