Headlines like these will be read by Bristol teachers, feed an overworked rumour mill, and create unnecessary anxiety. I have to say I would have expected more reasoned reporting from The TES. In total, 21 primary schools are being considered in five area reviews with a view to removing surplus places by possible closure. No more than five potential closures then, a far cry from 58, and only potential closures at this stage.
The education committee has agreed merely to go out to a full, thorough and open consultation at this point, something not stressed sufficiently in your report. Local government reorganisation and government under-funding have left us with some hard decisions in Bristol. Despite this, children are returning to our schools after years of drift out of the city. This year has seen a marked increase in standards in GCSE and A-level in the city, trends we are determined to pursue and encourage.
Vice-chair, Bristol education committee