Redland Green Produces 82 Disappointed Families
By Al_Shaw | Monday, March 01, 2010, 11:36
As parents across Bristol learn today which state secondary school
their Year Six child has been allocated, at least 82 families will be
facing the disappointment of not receiving a place at Redland Green
The state secondary received 281 applications from
parents who placed it as the top choice for their son or daughter for this September's entry. The school has only 189 Year Seven places available.
Although it was
initially hoped that the school, which opened in 2006, would serve
families from across north Bristol, it soon became clear that demand
would outstrip supply of places by a considerable margin. In 2008, for
instance, 688 families applied for a Year Seven place at Redland Green School. 343 of
these applicants listed the school as their first choice.
City Council subsequently reduced the size of the school's Area of
First Priority (commonly referred to as the "catchment area"), effectively
excluding families from Westbury-on-Trym and Stoke Bishop. Figures
released by the council revealed that, despite this smaller catchment area, 87
families who lived within it were unsuccessful in their application to
Redland Green School in 2008.
movement of families into the new, smaller catchment area - a map of
which can be viewed here - has resulted in a local house price bubble
in Redland, which has bucked the trend of falling prices nationally.
As revealed previously on Redland People, a semi-detached house in
Redland Court Road sold last autumn for £530,000.
Today's figures - which do not yet
have a geographical breakdown - at least reveal that the number of
failed applicants seems to be decreasing.
Which is presumably of little comfort for at least 82 local families.