Steiner Academy reveals plans to open in Fishponds

st matthiasThe St Matthias Campus in Fishponds could be the site for a new 624-pupil school.

Steiner Academy Bristol and Barratt Homes have announced plans to redevelop the University of the West of England (UWE) campus in Oldbury Court Road, left, which is due to close at the end of the 2014 academic year.

Students and staff will be relocated to other campuses and the site has been identified for redevelopment by Bristol City Council.

A planning application for the site will be submitted later this spring. Meanwhile, the academy is negotiating arrangements for accommodation so that the academy can open in September as planned.

Steiner Academy Bristol is currently run by the steering group who initiated the project. It is part of a group of Steiner Academies, state-funded schools that build on the ideas of Steiner education, with a commitment to diversity and accessibility.

The school would be based in the quadrangle of Victorian Gothic buildings. The Grade II listed structures were built in 1852 and have been in educational use ever since, so the reuse of the site as a school would continue that 150-year legacy.

Barratt Homes will be redeveloping the remainder of the site to provide new housing.

A Steiner Academy Bristol spokesman said: “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.”

Steiner Academy Bristol will be an all-through school, for children aged four-16. At full capacity it will have 624 pupils in two classes for each year. Applications for September 2014 closed before the academy was able to confirm a permanent site but parents can still join a waiting list for places.

A consultation event will be held at the St Matthias Campus on Wednesday 19th March from 2pm to 8pm.