Establishment The Observatory School

URN: 127715

Community special school

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Bidston Village Road, Bidston, Prenton, Merseyside, CH43 7QT
Local authority
Wirral (344)
Headteacher / Principal
Mr Gregory Chiswell
Phase of education
Not applicable
School type
Community special school
Gender of entry
URN: 127715, DfE number: 344/7215
UKPRN: 10017755
Establishment status
Admissions policy
Not applicable
Ofsted rating
Good (Last inspection: 14 March 2018)
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Religious character
Does not apply
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No boarders
Nursery provision
Not applicable
Official sixth form
Not applicable
Number of pupils
Open date
1 September 2005
Reason establishment opened
New Provision
Closed date
Not recorded
Reason establishment closed
Not applicable
Special classes
Has Special Classes
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Date last changed / confirmed
22 September 2021
Type of SEN provision
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
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
Jane Owens Nominated by LA and appointed by GB 18 December 2017 17 December 2021


Name Appointed by From To
Gregory Chiswell Nominated by LA and appointed by GB 1 September 2017 31 August 2025
Kerry Menzies Elected by parents 5 June 2019 4 June 2023
Kishan Bhalsod Appointed by LA 8 January 2018 7 January 2022
Jacqui Kearney Appointed by GB/board 18 December 2017 17 December 2021
Kevin Smith Appointed by LA 18 December 2017 17 December 2021
Matthew Lord Appointed by LA 18 December 2017 17 December 2021
Peter Duncan Haworth Nominated by LA and appointed by GB 18 December 2017 17 December 2021
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Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
Lancashire and West Yorkshire
Government office region (GOR)
North West
Bidston and St James
Parliamentary constituency
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Urban major conurbation
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
Census ward
Middle super output area (MSOA)
Wirral 011
Lower super output area (LSOA)
Wirral 011A
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Age range

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School capacity

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Free school meals

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