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Thursday, 7 July 2011

Bristol Free School: BBC Investigates

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The proposed Bristol Free School was mentioned several times this morning during a feature on Free Schools on BBC Radio Four. 

The Head of Henbury School, Clare Bradford, was quoted on the programme saying that she believes the intake of her comprehensive will be adversely affected by the opening of the Free School in Brentry/Westbury on Trym this September. 

The Henbury head also revealed that among the four neighbouring state secondaries in the area, there will be around 300 surplus places this autumn. Although the four schools were not named, it is reasonable to assume that they include Orchard School Bristol (formerly Monks' Park School in Horfield) and Oasis Academy Brightstowe (formerly Portway School in Shirehampton).

Coincidentally, no doubt, this blog was accessed by a computer at the BBC London office at 7.35 this morning as a result of someone in that location searching Google for "Bristol Free School".  Good to see that the BBC know where to go to get the inside story on all things BS9-related (and that they do so well in advance of a live national broadcast.)

Other articles on Trym Tales related to the Bristol Free School can be found here

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