Establishment Hillside Specialist School and College

URN: 131479

Community special school

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Ribchester Road, Longridge, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 3XB
Local authority
Lancashire (888)
Headteacher / Principal
Mr Paul Leaper
Phase of education
Not applicable
School type
Community special school
Gender of entry
URN: 131479, DfE number: 888/7109
UKPRN: 10017835
Establishment status
Admissions policy
Not applicable
Ofsted rating
Good (Last inspection: 8 February 2018)
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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
7 September 2021
Type of SEN provision
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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
Rachel Younger Appointed by GB/board 12 July 2021 12 July 2025


Name Appointed by From To
Samantha Wheeler Parent appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates 9 March 2021 9 March 2025
Emily Elliott Appointed by LA 30 September 2020 30 September 2024
Helen MacCarthy Appointed by GB/board 30 September 2020 29 September 2024
Paul Leaper Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 1 September 2006 31 August 2024
Jacq Power Parent appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates 25 February 2020 24 February 2024
Lois Briers Parent appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates 25 February 2020 24 February 2024
Francine Davis Appointed by GB/board 3 December 2019 2 December 2023
Nicholas Grigsby Appointed by LA 4 December 2018 3 December 2022
Peter Bradbury Appointed by GB/board 17 April 2018 16 April 2022

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Alison Pettitt Governor Nominated by other body and appointed by GB 19 February 2018 31 August 2021
Sharon Taylor Governor Parent appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates 8 March 2017 8 March 2021
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Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
Lancashire and West Yorkshire
Government office region (GOR)
North West
Ribble Valley
Alston & Hothersall
Parliamentary constituency
Ribble Valley
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Rural hamlet and isolated dwellings
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
Census ward
Middle super output area (MSOA)
Ribble Valley 006
Lower super output area (LSOA)
Ribble Valley 006B
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