Establishment The Meadows School

URN: 131905

Community special school

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Whitworth Lane, Spennymoor, DL16 7QW
Local authority
County Durham (840)
Headteacher / Principal
Miss S Took
Phase of education
Not applicable
School type
Community special school
Gender of entry
URN: 131905, DfE number: 840/7000
UKPRN: 10017089
Establishment status
Admissions policy
Not applicable
Ofsted rating
Requires improvement (Last inspection: 26 June 2019)
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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 1999
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
6 September 2021
Type of SEN provision
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
Type of resourced provision
Not recorded
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

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Name Appointed by From To
Michael Ritson Appointed by GB/board 19 January 2021 18 January 2025
Garry Stout Appointed by GB/board 21 October 2020 21 October 2024
Sarah Dack Appointed by GB/board 1 October 2020 1 October 2024
Andrew Tonner Appointed by GB/board 22 October 2019 21 October 2023
Emma Walker Appointed by GB/board 22 October 2019 21 October 2023
Karen Trevelyan Appointed by GB/board 1 September 2019 31 August 2023
Victoria Ashfield Appointed by GB/board 15 March 2019 14 March 2023
Sarah Took Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 1 September 2015 Not recorded

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Angela Lamb Chair of governors Nominated by LA and appointed by GB 22 April 2018 11 June 2021
Michael Ritson Governor Appointed by GB/board 19 January 2017 18 January 2021
Garry Stout Governor Appointed by GB/board 24 October 2016 20 October 2020
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Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
North of England
Government office region (GOR)
North East
County Durham
Parliamentary constituency
Bishop Auckland
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Urban city and town
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
Census ward
Middle super output area (MSOA)
County Durham 052
Lower super output area (LSOA)
County Durham 052E
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