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If you’re worried about all of the city’s schools becoming academies, don’t be….

Picture map 2000 schools

2000: Majority local authority-run schools

All bar two of Bristol’s public secondary schools already are academies. The other two are voluntary-aided, leaving a grand total of ZERO remaining as local authority-run ‘community’ schools. Welcome to the future.

Some are in stand-alone ‘single academy trusts’, whereas others, such as the plethora of “Oasis” academies are part of national multi-academy trusts. Other names worthy of mention here are Trust in Learning, the Russell Education Trust and Cabot Learning Federation.

Interactive map: Hover for school name, status, academy trust and date of conversion.

City Academy Bristol was the first academy in the region, founded back in 2003 when Tony Blair decided that releasing failing schools from government control was the best way to up standards. Thirteen years later, it’s in ‘special measures’.

The rest have converted from existing schools or been founded between 2008 until now (Ashton Park School is currently converting) with particular a spurt between 2011-2014.

Bristol secondary schools by type in the good ol’ days of 2000…                        …and in 2016

schools together

Academies usually have sponsor businesses or institutions. Some education institutions have become academy sponsors, such as the city’s two universities and City of Bristol College.

The Merchant Venturers Society are keen to sponsor Bristol academies – Merchants Academy was lucky enough to get a personal accolade from Michael Gove himself, who visited their Army Cadet Force and praised the military-influenced education. Other wild cards are Rolls-Royce and Bristol City Football Club.

Over the coming weeks, the Cable will shine a light on the dramatic overhaul that’s taken place in Bristol education.

What’s the impact on Bristol’s kids? Have academy conversions increased standards? What does it mean for accountability in education? Who are the financial winners and losers? 

Watch this space.

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  • Steph says:

    There is a school run by a FOOTBALL CLUB. What the actual, actual fuck. How are we letting this crap happen? A fucking football club. It’s like satire. Only real.

  • Jane says:

    I think you should start to run some proper investigative pieces on this. The big story now is with primaries for Bristol. we have set up a St Werburghs against Forced academisation Group. ( we’re on Facebook ) There is a rally on 21 St May at Colston Hall. author and activist Alan Gibbons and a local MP will speak. It is sponsored by the NUT. There is so much at stake here for our children…the map is a start but there is lots more to tell.

  • Stephen says:

    You do realise the recent news was about infant/junior /primary schools too?

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