News and views from north Bristol's urban village

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Is Elmlea to Lose its Playing Field?

Residential neighbours of Elmlea Junior and Infant Schools in Westbury on Trym have received letters informing them that building work is to start on the school site in 2010 resulting in the demolishing of the existing Infant School and its rebuilding on the site of the Junior School playing field.

A meeting has subsequently been held at the Junior School to which local residents and parents were invited.

After repeated questioning and despite initial denials by the school management, the meeting was eventually informed that the rebuilding plans formed part of a larger scheme to amalgamate the two schools in 2013.

It is curious that the ambitious Miss Clare Galliers, Head Teacher of the recently-enlarged Junior School should be so reserved about announcing this scheme. Amalgamation has been Bristol City Council policy since at least September 2008 and is clearly revealed on its public web site. It's on page 37 of the Primary Review Strategy here:

"Elmlea Infants: Proposed changes "Amalgamation with Junior School."

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