We've decided to move to Bristol and think that these three primary schools are good: Elmlea Westbury (on-Trym) Henleaze Our daughter is due to start Sep 2012. Am I right in thinking that these are good schools? Are there any (state) primaries that you could recommend over these, please?
Any tips to getting in to these schools?? I appreciate that there are very few places. We're looking for houses close to the schools.
My understanding is that Bristol can be a complete nightmare for both primary and secondary schools - a combination of lots of young families and undesirable schools. I think they were several hundred reception places short this year.
Maybe post this on the Bristol Local board too.
And do visit all the schools before you decide where to move to. I know a few people who have moved based on an Ofsted report and have been very disappointed.
If you can live slightly outside of Bristol (north but with good motorway and A road links) the local view seems to be that the schools are better i.e. in the South Glos area. The Thornbury schools are thought to be ok - St. Mary's, Crossways Primaries for instance from what I hear although I don't have personal experience. This area seems to be better for both primary and secondary (Castle School in Thornbury although it is a huge school). Schools in Bristol do have a reputation for being poor and massively oversubscribed.
Ha ha good luck with that! Have a look on the Bristol council website and see how close you would have had to live to get a place in any of those schools this year. Tips would be to conjure up a sibling.
As the others have said, you need to be practically living on the doorstep to get into a good school in Bristol. Not many schools have a good reputation in Bristol. I'm sure kids are happy in a lot of the poorer schools but educationally they aren't desirable and there are quite a few 'rough' schools too.
Is there a reason for moving to Bristol? If you could find somewhere slightly outside of Bristol (Gloucester or Bath direction) then there are much better schools