Establishment Merefield School

URN: 104979

Community special school

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Westminster Drive, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2QZ
Local authority
Sefton (343)
Headteacher / Principal
Mr Peter Chadwick
Phase of education
Not applicable
School type
Community special school
Gender of entry
URN: 104979, DfE number: 343/7006
UKPRN: 10016480
Establishment status
Admissions policy
Not applicable
Ofsted rating
Outstanding (Last inspection: 5 June 2019)
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Religious character
Does not apply
Not applicable
No boarders
Nursery provision
Has Nursery Classes
Official sixth form
Has a sixth form
Number of pupils
Open date
Not recorded
Reason establishment opened
Not applicable
Closed date
Not recorded
Reason establishment closed
Not applicable
Special classes
Has Special Classes
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Date last changed / confirmed
11 November 2021
Type of SEN provision
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Type of resourced provision
Not recorded
Resourced provision number on roll
Resourced provision capacity
Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit number on roll
Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit capacity
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Chair of governors

Chair of governors
Name Appointed by From To
Brenda Porter Appointed by GB/board 1 September 2017 1 September 2023


Name Appointed by From To
Jon Howard Appointed by GB/board 21 January 2021 21 January 2024
Lynn Thompson Appointed by GB/board 21 January 2021 21 January 2024
Lesley Hall Elected by school staff 10 October 2019 10 October 2023
Elaine Brennan Appointed by GB/board 27 September 2017 27 September 2023
Steven McNorton Appointed by GB/board 7 September 2019 7 September 2023
Darren Holloran Appointed by GB/board 23 June 2019 23 June 2023
Denise Clarke Appointed by LA 2 April 2019 2 April 2023
Karen Roberts Elected by parents 7 December 2015 18 November 2022
Lesley Wright Appointed by GB/board 16 July 2019 16 July 2022
Martin Blair Appointed by GB/board 16 July 2019 16 July 2022
Jim Reed Appointed by GB/board 16 April 2018 16 April 2022
Geraint Davies Appointed by LA 1 January 2018 1 January 2022
Peter Chadwick Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 1 September 2019 Not recorded

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Jenny Essery Governor Appointed by GB/board 4 November 2019 18 June 2021
Eric Agar Governor Appointed by GB/board 11 September 2017 31 December 2020
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Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
Lancashire and West Yorkshire
Government office region (GOR)
North West
Parliamentary constituency
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Urban city and town
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
Middle super output area (MSOA)
Sefton 012
Lower super output area (LSOA)
Sefton 012B
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Age range

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School capacity

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Free school meals

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