Establishment Penrose School

URN: 123942

Foundation special school

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Albert Street, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 7ET
Local authority:
Somerset (933)
Mrs Helen Farnell
Age range: Help with age range field
4 to 11
Phase of education:
Not applicable
School type:
Foundation special school
Bridgwater Education Trust
The Federation of Elmwood and Penrose Schools
Gender of entry:
URN: 123942, DfE number: 933/7013
UKPRN: 10017252
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Ofsted rating:
Good (Last inspection: 07 March 2017)
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Religious character:
Does not apply
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No boarders
Nursery provision:
No Nursery Classes
Official sixth form:
Not applicable
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Open date / Reason:
Not recorded
Not applicable
Close date / Reason:
Not recorded
Not applicable
Special classes:
Has Special Classes
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Type of SEN provision:
VI - Visual Impairment, OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability, HI - Hearing Impairment, SLCN - Speech, language and Communication, ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder, MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment, PD - Physical Disability, MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty, SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty and PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
Type of resourced provision:
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Chair of governors

Chair of governors
Name Appointed by From To
David Purcell Appointed by GB/board 26/03/2015 25/03/2023


Name Appointed by From To
Katharine Burgess Appointed by GB/board 14/07/2016 13/07/2024
Gill Watton Appointed by GB/board 16/05/2020 15/05/2024
Helen Walker Appointed by GB/board 16/05/2020 15/05/2024
Jayne Forrester Appointed by GB/board 01/04/2016 12/02/2024
Paul Kenward Parent appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates 27/01/2020 26/01/2024
Andrew Laurence Appointed by GB/board 09/07/2015 08/07/2023
Suria Aujla Appointed by GB/board 02/05/2019 01/05/2023
Caroline Jane Freestone Nominated by LA and appointed by GB 11/01/2018 10/01/2022
Helen Farnell Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 01/09/2016 Not recorded

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Jo Leek Governor Elected by school staff 01/10/2019 06/03/2020
Vicki McCarthy Governor Appointed by GB/board 13/12/2016 31/08/2019
RSC Region:
South-West England
Government Office Region:
South West
Bridgwater Westover
Parliamentary Constituency:
Bridgwater and West Somerset
Urban/Rural Description:
Urban city and town
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Census Ward:
Middle Super Output Area (MSOA):
Sedgemoor 013
Lower Super Output Area (LSOA):
Sedgemoor 013E

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