Schools expand to provide more Year 7 places
SECONDARY schools serving the Fishponds area are set to expand their intake this year to ensure there are enough places for every Year 7 pupil.
Bristol Metropolitan Academy is set to expand numbers to 1,060, some 115 more than its capacity of 945, as it expects a Year 7 intake of 220.
Numbers at Bristol Brunel Academy (pictured) are due to rise temporarily from the current capacity of 1,180 to 1,248 in September, when the expected Year 7 intake will be 290.
The Cabot Learning Federation, which runs both schools, has entered a consultation process over the planned expansion, which also includes raising the capacity at John Cabot Academy from 1,056 to 1,235 to accommodate an increased number of post-16 students, which will rise to 391.
The federation is required by law to consult on any increase of more than 30 children above the agreed capacity number at any school.
All parents and carers of children at the school have been contacted, as well as feeder primary schools and neighbouring secondaries.
The increase in places comes as building of a planned new secondary school at Temple Quarter, which was originally due to open in time for this September's Year 7s, continues to be delayed.
The Voice reported last year that the city council and CLF had agreed a deal to provide 138 extra spaces for Year 7 students this year to meet the needs of a population bulge in the area, in return for funding for a post-16 building the federation on the site of the former Speedwell Fire Station.
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