By Linda Tanner, Education Correspondent
SECONDARY pupils at Oasis School Westbury will not after all be given places at the new Bristol Free School.
The trust behind the free school says it cannot offer state-funded places for the remaining students aged 12 to 15.
The news is yet another blow to the group of 37 youngsters, many of whom have faced continued uncertainty since the independent St Ursula’s School shut in August 2009.
Otherwise, families will have to seek places at other fee-charging schools or take up Bristol City Council‘s offer of places at neighbouring state secondaries.
Bristol Free School Trust, which is due to open its school in Brentry with up to 150 11-year-old pupils in September, said it could not provide for the Oasis secondary children as it would mean parents of other children in Years 8, 9 and 10 could appeal for places.
Trust chairman Blair King said: “We know that these Oasis parents are desperately disappointed but despite all our efforts we have hit a legal cul-de-sac, which neither Bristol City Council nor the Department for Education can help us with.”
Another provider, E-ACT, is due to open a primary school on the former St Ursula’s site in September. It will offer 60 reception class places and to take in about 60 former Oasis School Westbury pupils aged five to 10.