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Friday, 14 March 2008

Money Agreed for Colston's Girls' Academy

Word from Colston's Girls School is that the financial paperwork which undergirds the school's application to become an independent state-funded academy has been signed and ratified by the academy sponsors and the government's Department for Children, Schools and Families.

This means that the school's aim of becoming an academy in September 08 is all but a done deal and that a formal announcement to this effect can be expected after Easter (or shall we call it spring break?)

The school's sponsors - Bristol's Society of Merchant Venturers - will deposit an initial fund of £1 million into a trust fund to be used by the new academy for extension and enrichment activities. The school's day to day costs will be met by the Department who will supply an additional cash boost to help with the initial transition costs of the new academy.

Further down the line, Colston's Girls is set to undergo a major refurbishment and extension of its Cheltenham Road site.

While the presence of a new city centre state school of the quality of Colston's Girls' will be good news for Bristol families, it is unlikely to make a dramatic difference to the demand for places at Redland Green School. The new academy's admissions policy treats the entire city of Bristol as one "catchment area", with the former county of Avon as its second area for admissions. Entrants to the new school will, therefore, be drawn from across the city, not necessarily from families living in the Redland Green catchment area.

The application process for admissions to Colston's Girls' in September 2008 is virtually complete. Information on applying for 2009 can be found here.

The background to the Colston's Girls academy and further information on the way academies operate can be found here.

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