Future Provision at St Michael's on the Mount and St George Primary Schools

Closed 28 Jan 2020

Opened 18 Dec 2019

Feedback expected 31 Mar 2020

Results Updated 25 Feb 2020

Following the recent consultation on the future of St Michael’s and St George schools was planned to conclude with consideration by Full Cabinet at Bristol City Council on 3 March 2020. However, as part of the statutory process, the Department for Education has recommended that the Local Authority take further legal advice on the proposed opening of a new Voluntary Controlled school.  It is necessary to pause the process until the legal position has been clarified. The proposals will not therefore be considered by Cabinet on 3 March.

The delay will mean that the proposed time line for opening a new school needs to be reviewed and it will no longer be possible to make a final decision in time to open the proposed school on 1 September. There will also be a consequential delay to the proposed closure of St Michael’s and St George.

We recognise that this process has already been very challenging for parents, carers, children, staff and governors, and that this delay is regrettable. However, we have a duty to take in to account what the DfE has recommended. We are supporting the governors and school leadership to make plans for how the education in the schools can best be delivered next year. 

Overview

Bristol City Council is proposing to close St Michael’s on the Mount and St George Primary Schools and open a combined school on the site of St Michael’s.  The new school is proposed to open on 1st September 2020.

The full proposals and associated statutory notice can be viewed at the bottom of this page.

After reading the proposals you can give your views by completing the feedback form which can be downloaded below. 

Why We Are Consulting

The law requires the publication of statutory proposals in order to close the existing schools and replace them with a new school. 

Both schools have experenced falling rolls and pupil forecasting suggests that this will not change in the short to medium term.  School governors have consulted parents and staff of both schools prior to the publication of these proposals. 

Following consultation, governors have concluded that maintaining both school sites is unsustainable. A one form entry school on a single site will help to protect future education provision in the area.

What Happens Next

Views submitted in response to the proposals will be considered by Bristol City Council.  A final decsion will be made by the Cabinet in March 2020.

Areas

  • Central
  • Hotwells and Harbourside

Audiences

  • Children / Young People
  • Parents, carers and guardians
  • Service Users

Interests

  • Children and young people
  • Faith and religion
  • Education and early years