Establishment Polden Bower School

URN: 123938

Foundation special school

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Address
Bower Lane, Bridgwater, TA6 4GU
Local authority
Somerset (933)
Headteacher / Principal
Mrs Helen Farnell
Phase of education
Not applicable
School type
Foundation special school
Gender of entry
Mixed
ID
URN: 123938, DfE number: 933/7003
UKPRN: 10015524
Establishment status
Open
Admissions policy
Not applicable
Telephone
01278496386
Ofsted rating
Good (Last inspection: 14 March 2019)
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Religious character
Does not apply
Diocese
Not applicable
Boarders
No boarders
Nursery provision
Not applicable
Official sixth form
Has a sixth form
Number of pupils
171
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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43.3%
Date last changed / confirmed
19 July 2022
Type of SEN provision
VI - Visual Impairment, HI - Hearing Impairment, SLCN - Speech, language and Communication, ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder, MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment, MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty, 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
David Purcell Appointed by GB/board 26 March 2015 25 March 2023

Governors

Governors
Name Appointed by From To
David Simons Appointed by GB/board 20 January 2022 19 January 2026
Clive Padgett Nominated by LA and appointed by GB 28 October 2021 27 October 2025
Jane Freestone Appointed by GB/board 23 September 2021 22 September 2025
Ryan Parker-Binns Elected by school staff 23 October 2020 22 October 2024
Gill Watton Appointed by GB/board 16 May 2020 15 May 2024
Helen Walker Appointed by GB/board 16 May 2020 15 May 2024
Jayne Forrester Appointed by GB/board 1 April 2016 12 February 2024
Paul Kenward Parent appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates 27 January 2020 26 January 2024
Andrew Laurence Appointed by GB/board 9 July 2015 8 July 2023
Suria Aujla Appointed by GB/board 2 May 2019 1 May 2023
Helen Farnell Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 1 September 2016 Not recorded
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Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
South-West England
Government office region (GOR)
South West
District
Sedgemoor
Ward
King's Isle
Parliamentary constituency
Bridgwater and West Somerset
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Rural town and fringe
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
E10000027
Easting
329853
Northing
136112
Middle super output area (MSOA)
Sedgemoor 010
Lower super output area (LSOA)
Sedgemoor 010A
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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.