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Saturday, 5 January 2008

Secondary School Options for Parents in Westbury on Trym

It's the time of year when parents of Year 6 students at Elmlea Junior and Westbury on Trym Primary Schools are left waiting to hear which secondary school their children have been allocated for the coming academic year.

Following the shock of last year when hardly any families in Westbury on Trym were allocated places at the newly opened Redland Green School, the options seem a little brighter this time round, especially in the longer term.

With plans for Colston's Girls' School to become an academy at an advanced stage, the pressure is likely to be reduced on places at Redland Green in September. This trend is likely to continue in future years, especially if Cathedral School is also successful in its attempt to be granted academy status. Details of how to apply for Colston's Girls' School this year are here and for the smaller Cathedral School here.

Colston's Girls' is further along the path to becoming an academy than Cathedral, though with the former defining its catchment area as "the former county of Avon" (Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Banes), pressure on places will be real.

Among students who were not successful in getting into Redland Green last time, reports to Trym Tales say that St Katherine's School in Pill has been a positive alternative for several local families. The school seems to have a positive and developmental ethos built on a foundation of good behaviour - a commitment which was reinforced in the autumn term of this school year by the permanent exclusion of two severely disruptive pupils.

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