News and views from north Bristol's urban village

Sunday, 28 January 2007

Redland Green School

Word on the street is that the opening of the new Redland Green School has had an effect on the local independent located less than half a mile from the new state secondary which opens this September.

According to one source, applications for places at Redland High School for girls are down by 50% for entry in the coming academic year. While this must be a concern for the management team at the independent girls' school, it is a reflection of the rising confidence local parents are placing in the newly-built state school - a confidence that is also finding expression in the rising house prices in the Redland Green catchment area.

To be frank, the private schools have done very well in recent decades on the back of the poor standards in Bristol's schools. Surely the greater good is served by successful state schools across the city which have the confidence of local parents and children.

Meanwhile, Westbury on Trym parents find out whether their children have been offered places at Redland Green.

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