Establishment The Observatory School

URN: 127715

Community special school

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Address
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
Mixed
ID
URN: 127715, DfE number: 344/7215
UKPRN: 10017755
Establishment status
Open
Admissions policy
Not applicable
Telephone
01516527093
Ofsted rating
Good (Last inspection: 14 March 2018)
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Religious character
Does not apply
Diocese
Not applicable
Boarders
No boarders
Nursery provision
Not applicable
Official sixth form
Not applicable
Number of pupils
86
Open date
1 September 2005
Reason establishment opened
New Provision
Closed date
Not recorded
Reason establishment closed
Not applicable
Special classes
Has Special Classes
Percentage of children eligible for free school meals Help with percentage of children eligible for free school meals field Opens a dialog
62.8%
Date last changed / confirmed
4 March 2021
Type of SEN provision
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
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
Jane Owens Nominated by LA and appointed by GB 18 December 2017 17 December 2021

Governors

Governors
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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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Mary Cross Governor Elected by parents 12 November 2019 10 September 2020
Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
Lancashire and West Yorkshire
Government office region (GOR)
North West
District
Wirral
Ward
Bidston and St James
Parliamentary constituency
Birkenhead
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Urban major conurbation
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
E08000015
Easting
328381
Northing
390239
Census ward
Unknown
Middle super output area (MSOA)
Wirral 011
Lower super output area (LSOA)
Wirral 011A

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