Bristol school saved from closure after financial difficulties now wants to open secondary school

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A Bristol school that was saved from closure has already got plans in place to expand its provision. The Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA) at the Bristol Steiner School in Redland has revealed it wants to open a secondary school next year.

The fee-paying school in Redland Hill faced closure after being put into administration in December. But parents, alumni, and the community banded together and raised nearly £1million in order to rescue the independent school from being shut down for good.

Now the school has overcome its previous financial difficulties it is looking to offer more places to children who may not fit into a mainstream setting, but do not have the funds to cover the standard school fees.

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The PTFA has said it plans on making an application to the Department for Education in the autumn for the secondary provision, which would be provided at the same site as the current school.

If successful, it is hoped Year 7 pupils can start from September 2025. Lindsay Berresford, chair of the PTFA said: “We managed to raise nearly a million to pay off debts and renovate the school. We are looking forward to a really exciting future for the school.

“It wasn’t that long ago that they did have secondary provision. There is a real need and demand for a Steiner Secondary School in Bristol.

“We have done market research and there is a huge demand beyond parents who currently have children in school. We have a mental health crisis and we know there are huge issues with school refusal.”

The 70 pupils at the school and kindergarten, which teaches kids between the ages of three to 12, do not wear uniform, have no examinations or tests and take part in a range of subjects including art, music, dance, movement, woodwork, knitting and sewing, craft, forest school, gardening and Spanish.

Classes are restricted to a maximum of 20 and there are no interactive whiteboards, laptops, computers or tablets, which is completely screen-free.