Establishment The Birches School

URN: 105613

Community special school

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Address
Newholme Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2XZ
Local authority
Manchester (352)
Headteacher / Principal
Mr Rob O'Hara
Phase of education
Not applicable
School type
Community special school
Gender of entry
Mixed
ID
URN: 105613, DfE number: 352/7041
UKPRN: 10077017
Establishment status
Open
Admissions policy
Not applicable
Telephone
01614488895
Ofsted rating
Outstanding (Last inspection: 1 November 2016)
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Religious character
Does not apply
Diocese
Not applicable
Boarders
No boarders
Nursery provision
Has Nursery Classes
Official sixth form
Not applicable
Number of pupils
156
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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47.4%
Date last changed / confirmed
30 November 2022
Type of SEN provision
SLCN - Speech, language and Communication, ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder, SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty and PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
Type of resourced provision
Not applicable
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
Barbara Woolley Appointed by GB/board 1 September 2022 31 August 2023

Governors

Governors
Name Appointed by From To
Nuzhat Atif Parent appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates 5 July 2022 4 July 2026
Jamie Bytheway Appointed by GB/board 1 May 2022 30 April 2026
Paula Watt Appointed by GB/board 29 March 2022 28 March 2026
Ciaran Cassidy Nominated by LA and appointed by GB 20 March 2022 19 March 2026
Barbara Woolley Appointed by GB/board 30 January 2022 29 January 2026
Louise Lynn Appointed by GB/board 20 October 2020 19 October 2024
Mary Beer Appointed by GB/board 1 December 2019 30 November 2023
Beth Clifford Elected by school staff 4 February 2019 3 February 2023
Rob O'Hara Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 1 September 2015 Not recorded

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Barbara Woolley Chair of governors Appointed by GB/board 9 November 2021 1 September 2022
Claire Riley Governor Elected by parents 26 March 2019 10 June 2022
Sam Barnwell Governor Elected by parents 19 January 2020 3 February 2022
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Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
Lancashire and West Yorkshire
Government office region (GOR)
North West
District
Manchester
Ward
Didsbury West
Parliamentary constituency
Manchester, Withington
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Urban major conurbation
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
E08000003
Easting
383590
Northing
392185
Middle super output area (MSOA)
Manchester 039
Lower super output area (LSOA)
Manchester 039D
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Free school meals

This field is not editable by establishment users as it is populated by the DfE using the underlying data from the schools, pupils and their characteristics statistical release published each summer. The figures used are the performance table figures which ensures GIAS and the Find and Compare Schools in England service are consistent.

This information is compiled from the data returned by establishments for their establishment's situation on the third Thursday in January, in the spring school census data collection return.

This field shows whether a pupil's family have claimed eligibility for free school meals as reported in the annual spring school census. Pupils or their parents are able to claim free school meals if they receive a qualifying benefit. This field does not show pupils who actually received free school meals but the percentage of those who are eligible to receive them.