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Bristol police station to become primary school

A police station will be turned into a primary school if a £37.1 million programme is approved by Bristol City Council’s cabinet next week.

The council has proposed to create 370 primary places for next September, as well as carry out work on schools that have already increased their capacity.

The funding includes purchase of land and buildings, as well as the construction of final buildings and some temporary solutions.

Innovative proposals include creating Filton Avenue Infant School within Orchard Secondary School, and buying Redland Police Station to run as an annex to an existing local school.

The closing date for primary applications for September 2012 is Sunday 15 January.

Councillor Clare Campion-Smith said: “Families are very aware of the continued high demand for
primary school places in Bristol and deserve greater certainty so they can make realistic preferences when stating their school choices.

“It can be a very anxious time, which is why I am very grateful for the hard work that head teachers and governors have put in, so we can announce these proposed extra places at the earliest opportunity.”

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