Establishment Gibside School

URN: 131213

Community special school

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Shipcote Lane, Gateshead, NE8 4DE
Local authority
Gateshead (390)
Headteacher / Principal
Mrs Angela Whistler
Phase of education
Not applicable
School type
Community special school
Gender of entry
URN: 131213, DfE number: 390/7007
UKPRN: 10078190
Establishment status
Admissions policy
Not applicable
Ofsted rating
Outstanding (Last inspection: 7 March 2017)
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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
1 September 1997
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
8 September 2021
Type of SEN provision
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder, 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 Mitchell Appointed by GB/board 1 September 2019 31 August 2023


Name Appointed by From To
Leanne Coxon Appointed by GB/board 16 March 2020 15 March 2024
Pat Gilbert Appointed by GB/board 7 March 2020 6 March 2024
Jane Ackinclose Elected by parents 24 January 2020 23 January 2024
Emily Aitken-Fell Appointed by GB/board 1 September 2019 1 September 2023
Amanda Smith Appointed by GB/board 1 September 2019 31 August 2023
Brian Pereira Appointed by GB/board 1 September 2019 31 August 2023
Cynthia Holley Appointed by GB/board 1 September 2019 31 August 2023
Gillian Moffat Appointed by GB/board 1 September 2019 31 August 2023
Joyce McAndrew Nominated by LA and appointed by GB 1 September 2019 31 August 2023
Emily Buckley Elected by parents 5 June 2019 4 June 2023
Andrea Gourley Elected by school staff 14 November 2018 13 November 2022
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Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
North of England
Government office region (GOR)
North East
Parliamentary constituency
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Urban major conurbation
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
Middle super output area (MSOA)
Gateshead 010
Lower super output area (LSOA)
Gateshead 010A
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