Council sets out how to tackle school places
A CONSULTATION has been launched to gather views on planning for new school places in Bristol.
Bristol City Council has developed a School Organisation Strategy for 2012 to 2016 to identify demand for places and how this will be met.
People are being asked to read through the proposals and let the council know what they think, through an online survey at http://www.citizenspace.com/bristol /cyps/schoolorganisationstrategy.
Over the last few years, Bristol has seen a rapid rise in the number of children starting school. Further new issues placing demand on school places in the city include the need for increased special education needs provision and the raising of the school participation aged to 17.
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Clare Campion-Smith, councillor with responsibility for children and young people, said: "The strategy sets out plans for meeting the need for school places over the next four years. It will impact on communities across the city and we welcome feedback on the measures put forward.
"Given the scale of the increase in pupil numbers, all of the simple school expansion options have been exhausted and we are now looking at new sites in preparation for children coming through in 2014/15. We are making use of a mix of existing council property and commercial opportunities as they become available.
"I would like to thank all the schools who have contributed so far and there is now an opportunity for communities to make their views known as the strategy is open for consultation."