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Air Balloon Hill Junior School
Hillside Road, St George, BS5 7PB, UK Bristol
+44 (0)117 903 0430

Air Balloon Hill Junior School is one of Bristol's leading community schools for boys and girls aged 7 - 11 years. The school, founded in 1904, is located in the heart of the popular town of St George, three miles east of the city centre.

Start of New School Year
by webmaster, 3 September 2007
Welcome back to the new school year and a warm welcome to all parents and children who are new to Air Balloon Hill Junior School. We hope you all had a peaceful and enjoyable summer break.
Newsletters will be distributed at the end of each week, they are numbered for easy reference so please check the depths of your child’s bag especially on those days! Also, we've uploaded a document detailing the school's vision and values which you can find here.

Here at Air Balloon Hill Junior School we do not underestimate the importance of a strong relationship between parents and teachers. Our aim is to involve parents and governors as fully as possible in the learning process and to develop the partnership with parents and the community in order to fully support children's learning.

Various documents are available for viewing below. You can explicitly download a file by right-clicking on a link and then selecting "Save Target As" (Internet Explorer) or "Save Link As" (Netscape).

Document Link
Ofsted report
(Dec 2006)
Vision & values





Here at Air Balloon Hill Junior School, our aim is to provide a first class education for every boy and girl in our care. We try to develop every pupil's talents to the full by involving them in a wide range of academic, sporting and artistic activities. Our aim is for pupils to leave us fully prepared for the next stage of their education.

Air Balloon Hill Junior School was built in 1905 to replace the old school in Crew's Hole.

Architecturally, our school is an example of the Bristol Art Nouveau style. It was designed by James Henry La Trobe (1862-1923). He also designed the cinema on Whiteladies Rd.

People always ask how our school got it's name. Well, on January 10th 1784 a Mr James Dinwiddie launched an air balloon in Bath. It flew for ten miles and was found about an hour later near where our school now is. As the first manned balloon flight had only taken place the year before in Paris, you can imagine how amazing it was to the people who saw it. The hill has been called "Air Balloon Hill" ever since.

These days there are two schools on the site:

  • Air Balloon Hill Junior School (our school)
  • Air Balloon Hill Infants' School(our friends and neighbours)

School Information
Primary (community)
Age Range: 7-11
Ward: St. George West
LEA: Bristol
Head Teacher: Mr B R Phillips


Details for the various school clubs are listed below. If you require any more information please contact the appropriate teacher.

Autumn 2007:

Teacher Club Year Time Location
Miss Prince TOP TRUMPS All years Monday
12.20 - 12.40
5P classroom
Mrs Bainbridge CARDS Year 6 Monday
3.30 - 4.10
6B classroom
Mrs Bajan
Mrs Lawday
CHOIR All years Wednesday Service time 6BJ classroom
Miss Cole
Miss Grewal
NETBALL Years 5 and 6 Wednesday 12.10 - 12.40 Ball court
Mr Hook FOOTBALL Years 5 and 6 Wednesday 3.20 - 4.00 Field
Miss Wilding PARACHUTE All years Wednesday 3.20 - 4.00 Front playground
Mr Phillips SAXOPHONE Year 6 Thursday 3.20 - 4.00 Music room
Mrs Berger
Miss Kitching
ICT All years Thursday 3.20 - 4.00 ICT suite

This section is devoted to the children. In this part of the website you'll find contributions from each of the four

year groups.



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