Establishment The Dales School

URN: 122388

Community special school

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Cowpen Road, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 4RE
Local authority
Northumberland (929)
Headteacher / Principal
Dr Sue Fisher
Phase of education
Not applicable
School type
Community special school
Gender of entry
URN: 122388, DfE number: 929/7021
UKPRN: 10077065
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Ofsted rating
Outstanding (Last inspection: 18 September 2018)
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Religious character
Does not apply
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No boarders
Nursery provision
No Nursery Classes
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Closed date
Not recorded
Reason establishment closed
Not applicable
Special classes
Has Special Classes
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Date last changed / confirmed
11 October 2021
Type of SEN provision
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty, VI - Visual Impairment, OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability, HI - Hearing Impairment, SLCN - Speech, language and Communication, ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder, SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health, MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty, SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty and PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
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Chair of governors

Chair of governors
Name Appointed by From To
Ann Jolley Appointed by GB/board 5 July 2021 4 July 2025


Name Appointed by From To
Penelope Derries Appointed by GB/board 5 July 2021 4 July 2025
Sue Fisher Appointed by LA 1 January 2019 1 January 2025
Sarah Donnelly Appointed by GB/board 1 October 2021 1 October 2024
Geoff Wright Elected by parents 1 February 2020 1 February 2024
Katie Murray Appointed by LA 14 January 2020 13 January 2024
Glynis Burn Elected by school staff 17 November 2015 16 November 2023
Sara Dunn Elected by parents 7 May 2019 6 May 2023
Adam Florence Appointed by GB/board 23 October 2018 22 October 2022
Gill Wright Appointed by GB/board 1 October 2019 1 October 2022

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Steve Collinson Chair of governors Appointed by GB/board 15 June 2015 31 August 2021
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Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
North of England
Government office region (GOR)
North East
Kitty Brewster
Parliamentary constituency
Blyth Valley
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Urban city and town
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
Middle super output area (MSOA)
Northumberland 025
Lower super output area (LSOA)
Northumberland 025A
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