Establishment Birch Wood (Melton Area Special School)

URN: 134640

Community special school

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Grange Drive, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 1HA
Local authority
Leicestershire (855)
Headteacher / Principal
Mrs Rosalind Hopkins
Phase of education
Not applicable
School type
Community special school
Gender of entry
URN: 134640, DfE number: 855/7215
UKPRN: 10014880
Establishment status
Admissions policy
Not applicable
Ofsted rating
Good (Last inspection: 28 June 2018)
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Religious character
Does not apply
Not applicable
No boarders
Nursery provision
Not applicable
Official sixth form
Has a sixth form
Number of pupils
Open date
1 September 2004
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
4 July 2021
Type of SEN provision
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty, 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
Not applicable
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Chair of governors

Chair of governors
Name Appointed by From To
Susan Herlihy Appointed by GB/board 11 October 2020 10 October 2024


Name Appointed by From To
Rosalind Hopkins Appointed by GB/board 1 September 2016 31 August 2026
Kerry Clarkson Elected by parents 1 September 2020 30 August 2024
Debi Palmer Appointed by GB/board 1 October 2019 30 September 2023
Lisa Bramall Parent appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates 1 October 2019 30 September 2023
Paul Saxby Appointed by GB/board 1 October 2019 30 September 2023
Gail Seaton Appointed by GB/board 15 February 2018 14 February 2022

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Amy Dunstan Governor Elected by school staff 15 June 2017 14 June 2021
Caroline Pearson Governor Appointed by GB/board 28 February 2017 27 February 2021
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Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
East Midlands and the Humber
Government office region (GOR)
East Midlands
Melton Craven
Parliamentary constituency
Rutland and Melton
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Urban city and town
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
Census ward
Middle super output area (MSOA)
Melton 005
Lower super output area (LSOA)
Melton 005A
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