From Bristol Labour Party
Daily developments at the old St Ursula’s School site are turning into another fine mess – says Labour.
The latest news that 37 secondary school pupils have been left in the lurch without any support from the council makes you wonder if this is all part of the Lib Dems grand scheme for education in North Bristol.
“The saga of St Ursula’s lurches from one unexpected disaster to another almost daily. What’s going on is the opposite of strategic planning – it’s farcical and would be funny were it not for the fact that the council should have the interests of the children as its priority, “ says Labour leader Cllr Peter Hammond.
“The council appears to have failed to meet the needs of these 37 students currently at St Ursula’s and additionally we wonder if the Lib Dems have made any efforts to soften the impact that the new free school will have on other nearby secondary schools – where parents also might reasonably be concerned.”
Additionally a shortfall of 3,000 primary school places has been forecast for 2015 with no ready solution in sight.
“On the face of it this looks as though education planning is seriously out of control in Bristol. What’s needed is a calm, level-headed, long-term view of the city’s needs and an approach as to how they might be managed. Currently that’s not the impression the Lib Dems give concerning education, “ says Labour Leader Cllr Peter Hammond.