Establishment The Birches School

URN: 105613

Community special school

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Newholme Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2XZ
Local authority:
Manchester (352)
Mr Rob O'Hara
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2 to 11
Phase of education:
Not applicable
School type:
Community special school
Gender of entry:
URN: 105613, DfE number: 352/7041
UKPRN: 10077017
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Ofsted rating:
Outstanding (Last inspection: 01 November 2016)
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Religious character:
Does not apply
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No boarders
Nursery provision:
Has Nursery Classes
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Special classes:
Has Special Classes
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Type of SEN provision:
SLCN - Speech, language and Communication, ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder, SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty and PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
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Not applicable
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Chair of governors

Chair of governors
Name Appointed by From To
Louise Lynn Appointed by GB/board 31/12/2017 31/12/2019


Name Appointed by From To
Jamie Bytheway Appointed by GB/board 01/05/2018 30/04/2022
Ciaran Cassidy Nominated by LA and appointed by GB 20/03/2018 19/03/2022
Martin Hyman Appointed by GB/board 20/03/2018 19/03/2022
Barbara Woolley Appointed by GB/board 30/01/2018 29/01/2022
Walid Omara Appointed by GB/board 17/01/2017 16/01/2021
Louise Lynn Appointed by GB/board 18/10/2016 17/10/2020
Lynn Marsden Elected by school staff 08/03/2016 07/03/2020
Samantha Barnwell Parent appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates 19/01/2016 18/01/2020
Mary Beer Appointed by GB/board 01/12/2015 30/11/2019
Rob O'Hara Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 01/09/2015 Not recorded

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Judy Mapplebeck Governor Elected by school staff 19/10/2010 18/01/2019
Louise Lynn Chair of governors Appointed by GB/board 01/01/2018 31/12/2018
Louise Lynn Chair of governors Appointed by GB/board 13/12/2017 01/09/2018
RSC Region:
Lancashire and West Yorkshire
Government Office Region:
North West
Parliamentary Constituency:
Manchester, Withington
Urban/Rural Description:
Urban major conurbation
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Middle Super Output Area (MSOA):
Manchester 039
Lower Super Output Area (LSOA):
Manchester 039D

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