Raising concerns about school places

A NORTH Somerset Council representative is expected to address Portishead Town Council at its open meeting next week to talk about school places.

Sally Varley, a service manager from the children and young people’s services department, has been asked to speak at the October 12 meetin following growing concerns from parents about the lack of school places available in the town.

Portishead currently has a population of around 22,000 which is expected to rise to up to 30,000 when all proposed housing developments are complete.

Additional school places have already had to be provided as a result of rising demand. Two schools were instructed to install temporary classrooms to accommodate an additional 30 children each this year and Trinity Primary School has been extended, however, fears remain that parents could still struggle to get their youngsters into a school of their choice in 2012.

The meeting takes place at the Folk Hall at 7.30pm and members of the public are welcome to attend.