Establishment The Birches School

URN: 105613

Community special school

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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
URN: 105613, DfE number: 352/7041
UKPRN: 10077017
Establishment status
Admissions policy
Not applicable
Ofsted rating
Outstanding (Last inspection: 1 November 2016)
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Religious character
Does not apply
Not applicable
No boarders
Nursery provision
Has Nursery Classes
Official sixth form
Not applicable
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
18 February 2021
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
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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
Sam Barnwell Appointed by GB/board 20 October 2020 19 October 2021


Name Appointed by From To
Louise Lynn Appointed by GB/board 20 October 2020 19 October 2024
Sam Barnwell Elected by parents 19 January 2020 18 January 2024
Mary Beer Appointed by GB/board 1 December 2019 30 November 2023
Claire Riley Elected by parents 26 March 2019 25 March 2023
Beth Clifford Elected by school staff 4 February 2019 3 February 2023
Jamie Bytheway Appointed by GB/board 1 May 2018 30 April 2022
Ciaran Cassidy Nominated by LA and appointed by GB 20 March 2018 19 March 2022
Martin Hyman Appointed by GB/board 20 March 2018 19 March 2022
Barbara Woolley Appointed by GB/board 30 January 2018 29 January 2022
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
Walid Omara Governor Appointed by GB/board 17 January 2017 16 January 2021
Louise Lynn Governor Appointed by GB/board 18 October 2016 17 October 2020
Sam Barnwell Chair of governors Appointed by GB/board 1 September 2019 1 September 2020
Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
Lancashire and West Yorkshire
Government office region (GOR)
North West
Didsbury West
Parliamentary constituency
Manchester, Withington
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Urban major conurbation
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
Census ward
Middle super output area (MSOA)
Manchester 039
Lower super output area (LSOA)
Manchester 039D

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Free school meals

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