Westbury on Trym parents have been thrown another curved ball concerning admission to Redland Green Secondary School.
Last academic year, Westbury on Trym was located within the area of first priority (i.e. the catchment area) for Redland Green School. Many local parents were therefore understandably disappointed when their children failed to secure a place at the new school in 2007. In fact, virtually no families outside of the immediate neighbourhood around the new school were allocated places.
In response to this fact, the Bristol Admissions Forum (part of Bristol City Council) has put forward a proposed change to the area of first priority for Redland Green and at the same time is proposing a new area of second priority (encompassing Westbury on Trym).
The proposed area of first priority would include Redland, much of Bishopston, both sides of Kellaway Avenue and Westbury Park. The northern boarder would be at the junction of Westbury Road and Brecon Road (at the corner of St Ursula's School) and would run from there through Henleaze to Tescos at Golden Hill. The official map of the proposed area is here.
The area of second priority would mean that once all applicants from the first area had been allocated places (and not all will, of course), then priority will be given to children in the area of second priority. This area runs to the north and west of the downs, taking in Sneyd Park, Westbury on Trym (to the south of Canford park) and part of Stoke Bishop around Coombe Lane. The official map can be viewed here.
The proposed changes will become operational from the academic year 2009/10.
Meanwhile, governors at Elmlea Junior School - which so many of last year's unsuccessful students attended - have written a one-off newsletter to all parents inviting them to comment on the proposals via the junior school's governing body.
The bottom line seems to be this:
- Westbury on Trym parents were spectacularly unsuccessful in getting their children into Redland Green School last academic year
- The council is recognising this and changing the catchment area to reflect this reality
- The designated area of second priority may appear small comfort to Westbury parents as it offers little realistic prospect of spaces being offered to their children
- The best chance of a family getting their child into Redland Green School is to move to the catchment area - but even then, a place is not guaranteed
- Westbury on Trym remains in the area of first priority for Henbury School.
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