Maharishi Free School

URN: 137498

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Cobbs Brow Lane, Lathom, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L40 6JJ
Local authority:
Lancashire (888)
Mrs Lisa Edwards
Age range: Help with this field
4 to 16
Phase of education:
All through
School type:
Free schools
Single academy trust:
Gender of entry:
URN: 137498, DfE number: 888/6018
UKPRN: 10016827
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Ofsted rating:
Good (Last inspection: 09 November 2017)
Ofsted report
Religious character:
Not applicable
Religious ethos:
No boarders
Nursery provision:
No Nursery Classes
Official sixth form:
Does not have a sixth form
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Section 41 approved:
Not applicable
Open date / Reason:
New Provision
Close date / Reason:
Not recorded
Not recorded
Special classes:
No Special Classes
Percentage of children eligible for free school meals: Help with this field
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Chair of trustees

Name Appointed by From To
Ian Birnbaum Appointed by GB/board 04/10/2018 04/10/2020


Name Appointed by From To
Jane Smalley Appointed by academy members 30/11/2018 29/11/2020
Lavinia Wilkinson Appointed by academy members 01/11/2018 31/10/2020
Philip Duckworth Elected by parents 01/11/2018 31/10/2020
Victoria Ross Elected by parents 01/11/2018 31/10/2020
Jeremy Bowler Appointed by academy members 26/04/2018 25/04/2020
Gwyndaf Evans Appointed by academy members 10/12/2017 10/12/2019
Ian Birnbaum Appointed by academy members 10/12/2017 10/12/2019
Lisa Vicki Walters Appointed by academy members 10/12/2017 09/12/2019
Richard William Buswell Appointed by academy members 15/10/2017 14/10/2019
Hayley Copplestone Appointed by academy members 27/09/2017 26/09/2019
Jonathon Gregory Phillips Appointed by academy members 07/05/2017 06/09/2019
Mareanna Ingram Elected by school staff 07/05/2017 06/05/2019


Name Appointed by From
Gwyndaf Evans Original (signatory) members 01/09/2011
Ian Birnbaum Appointed by academy members 01/09/2011
James Scott Original (signatory) members 01/09/2011
Lisa Edwards Appointed by academy members 09/10/2016
Richard William Buswell Original (signatory) members 01/09/2011

Accounting officer

Name From To
Lisa Edwards 01/09/2016 Not recorded

Chief financial officer

Name From To
Philip Douglas Mitchell 01/10/2001 Not recorded

Historic (left within last 12 months)

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Name Role Appointed by From To
Jane Ann Smalley Trustee Appointed by academy members 30/11/2016 30/11/2018
Lavinia Wilkinson Trustee Elected by parents 31/10/2016 31/10/2018
Paula Wynne Trustee Elected by parents 31/10/2016 31/10/2018
Ian Birnbaum Chair of trustees Appointed by GB/board 28/09/2017 04/10/2018
Ian Birnbaum Chair of trustees Appointed by academy members 28/09/2017 27/09/2018
Lisa Edwards Trustee Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 01/09/2016 31/08/2018
RSC Region:
Lancashire and West Yorkshire
Government Office Region:
North West
West Lancashire
Parliamentary Constituency:
West Lancashire
Urban/Rural Description:
Rural hamlet and isolated dwellings
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Census Ward:
Middle Super Output Area (MSOA):
West Lancashire 008
Lower Super Output Area (LSOA):
West Lancashire 008C

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