Monthly Archives: April 2008
Charlotte Leslie took Michael Gove MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for Children Schools and Families, to visit Elmlea Junior School and to see the fantastic work they do there.
It was also an opportunity for parents at Elmlea School and across the area to express their concerns about the Council’s decision not to give children from the North West of the city a greater chance of going to the new Redland Green Secondary School.
Michael Gove MP and Charlotte Leslie took questions from parents, and discussed Conservatives’ plans to allow groups of parents, such as those at Elmlea, to set up a new school if they wished, and to get other education providers invovled.
Charlotte Leslie has condemned the decision by Bristol City Council to relegate children living in parts of the city as ‘second priority’ for admissions to a new school as “tantamount to discrimination”.
Charlotte Leslie has been campaigning against the councils’ plans to tighten the catchment area of the popular Redland Green School, relegating children living in Stoke Bishop, Westbury-on-Trym and parts of Henleaze to ‘second priority’.
The local campaigner recently submitted a petition containing more than 200 signatures of concerned parents to the council, together with a full report using objective criteria to show why the catchment area should include Stoke Bishop and Westbury-on-Trym.
The area around Redland Green School is already well served by Cotham School, and is to have two more state schools as Bristol Cathedral School and Colstons Girls become academies.