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The St Matthias Campus in Fishponds – the site for our new school?

For several months we have been working behind the scenes on a very important part of our school project: the site. We’re finally able to give you some news!

Steiner Academy Bristol and Barratt Homes have announced plans to redevelop the UWE Bristol St Matthias Campus in Fishponds, Bristol, which is due to close at the end of the 2014 academic year. The site was recently identified for redevelopment by Bristol City Council.

The school would be based in the quadrangle of Victorian Gothic buildings. The Grade Two listed structures were built in 1852 and have been in educational use ever since, so the reuse of the site as a school will continue a 150 year legacy of the buildings as local teaching facilities. Barratt Homes will be redeveloping the remainder of the site to provide new housing.

The St Matthias site is fantastic and it would be the perfect place for our school – we’ve had lots of support and applications for places from parents in the local area, so we will be a real community-based school from the very beginning. We also intend to open up the school’s facilities for community groups, children’s activities and adult education, to make our school a real community hub.
The use of this site for our school is still subject to a planning application. We’re working with Barratt Homes to plan a major refurbishment of the site, which will aim to maintain and enhance the beauty of the listed buildings and grounds, while also creating high quality new housing and additional facilities for community uses
What happens next?
We are working with our partners and advisers to develop a planning application for the site, which will be submitted later this spring. Meanwhile, we are negotiating arrangements for accommodation so that we can open our school in September as planned. We will release information on this as soon as we have it…

Consultation event!
If you want to visit the site and find out more, there will be a consultation event at the St Matthias Campus, Oldbury Court Rd, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2JP on Wednesday 19th March from 2pm to 8pm. We’ll be there and you can have a look at our current plans. This consultation is part of the planning process, so you can show your support and give your feedback too. See you there!

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