Freedom of information guide

Contact details for sending requests

The person responsible for maintenance of this scheme is Mr Steve Duncan.

1. Introduction: what a publication scheme is and why it has been developed

One of the aims of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is that public authorities, including all maintained schools, should be clear and proactive about the information they will make public.

To do this we must produce a publication scheme, setting out:

  • The classes of information which we publish or intend to publish;
  • The manner in which the information will be published; and
  • Whether the information is available free of charge or on payment.

The scheme covers information already published and information which is to be published in the future. All information in our publication scheme is available for you on our website to download and print off or in paper form.

Some information which we hold may not be made public, for example personal information.

This publication scheme conforms to the model scheme for schools approved by the Information Commissioner.

2. Aims and objectives

The school aims to:

  • Give children an excellent start in education so that they have a better foundation for learning,
  • Enable all young people to develop and equip themselves with the skills, knowledge and personal qualities needed for life and work,

And this publication scheme is a means of showing how we are pursuing these aims.

3. Categories of information published

The publication scheme guides you to information which we currently publish (or have recently published) or which we will publish in the future – this is split into categories of information known as ‘classes’ and these are contained in Section 6 of this scheme.

The classes of information that we undertake to make available are organised into four broad topic areas:

  • School Prospectus – information published in the school prospectus.
  • Governor’s Documents – information published in the Governing Body documents.
  • Pupils & Curriculum – information about policies that relate to pupils and to the school curriculum.
  • School Policies – information about policies that relate to the school in general.

4. How to request information

You can request a copy of the information you want using our contact details.

If the information you’re looking for isn’t available via the scheme, and/or isn’t on our website, you can still ask if we have it.

To help process your request quickly, please clearly mark any correspondence “PUBLICATIONS SCHEME REQUEST”

5. Paying for information

Information published on our website is free, although you may incur costs from your Internet Service Provider. If you don’t have Internet access, you can access our website using a local library or an Internet café.

Single copies of information covered by this publication are provided free unless stated otherwise in the annex. If your request means that we have to do a lot of photocopying or printing, or pay a large postage charge, or is for a price item such as some printed publications or videos we will let you know the cost before fulfilling your request.

6. Classes of information currently published

School prospectus

The statutory content of the school prospectus are as follows:

School prospectus

  • The name, address and telephone number of the school, and the type of school
  • The names of the head teacher and the chair of governors
  • Information about admissions
  • A statement of the school’s ethos and values
  • Details of any affiliations with a particular religion or religious denomination, the religious education provided, parents’ right to withdraw their child from religious education and collective worship and the alternative provision for those pupils
  • Information about the school’s policy on providing for pupils with special educational needs
  • Number of pupils on roll and rates of pupils’ authorised and unauthorised absences
  • National Curriculum assessment results for appropriate Key Stages, with national summary figures

Governing body

Information published in the Governing Body documents.

Instrument of government

  • The name of the school
  • The category of the school
  • The name of the governing body
  • The manner in which the governing body is constituted
  • The term of office for each category of governor if less than 4 years
  • The name of any person entitled to appoint any category of governor
  • Details of any trust
  • If the school has a religious character, a description of the ethos
  • The date the instrument takes effect

Minutes of meeting of the governing body and its committees

  • Minutes from governors board and committee meetings (current and last full year)

Some information might be confidential or otherwise exempt from the publication by law – we cannot therefore publish this.

Pupils and curriculum policies

This section gives access to information about policies that relate to pupils and the school curriculum.

Home school agreement

  • Written statement of the school’s aim and values, the school’s responsibilities, the parental responsibilities and the school’s expectations of its pupils, for example, homework arrangements.

Curriculum policy

  • Statement on following the policy for national curriculum subjects, including any syllabus followed by pupils at the school.

Sex education policy

  • Written statement of policy with regard to sex education.

Pupil discipline

  • Written statement of general principles on behaviour and discipline including any anti bullying policy as appropriate.

School policies

This section gives access to information about policies that relate to the school in general.

Published reports of HM Inspectors referring expressly to the school

  • Report of an inspection of the school and the summary of the report

Post inspection action plan

  • A plan setting out the actions required following an Ofsted inspection

Charging and remissions policy

  • A statement of the school’s policy with respect to charges and remissions for any optional extra or board and lodging of which charges are permitted, for example, music tuition, trips.

School session times

  • Details of school session and dates out of school terms and holidays

Special educational needs

  • Details about the school’s policy on providing for pupils with special educational needs

Accessibility plans

  • Written plan of improvements to access for pupils with disabilities

Health and safety policy

  • Written statement of general policy with respect to health and safety at work of employees (and others) and the organisation and arrangements for carrying out the policy

Child protection policy

  • Statement of general principles on Child Protection arrangements

Complaints procedure

  • Statement of procedures for dealing with complaints

Staff conduct, discipline and grievance

  • Statement of procedure for regulating conduct and discipline of school staff and procedures by which staff may seek redress for grievance

Curriculum circulars and statutory instruments

  • Any statutory instrument, departmental circulars and administrative memoranda sent by the Department for Education and Skills to the head teacher or governing body relating to the curriculum

7. Feedback and complaints

We welcome any comments or suggestions you may have about the scheme. If you want to make any comments about this publication scheme or if you require further assistance or need to make a complaint, then please contact us.

If you are not satisfied with the assistance that you get or if we have not been able to resolve your complaint and you feel that a formal complaint needs to be made then this should be addressed to the Office of the Information Commissioner. This is the organisation that ensures compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and that deals with formal complaints. They can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF

or Enquiry/Information Line: 01625 545745

Email: data@dataprotection.gov.uk

May 2016