|Name of Policy:||FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT|
|Date first adopted:|
|How often to be reviewed:||Two Years|
|Reviewed||6th November 2013|
|Reviewed||May 1, 2018|
|Reviewed By||Chair’s Committee|
This is The Purbeck School Publication Scheme on information available under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
The Governing Body is responsible for maintenance of this scheme.
- Introduction: what a publication scheme is and why it has been developed
One of the aims of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (which is referred to as FOIA in the rest of this document) 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.
- Aims and Objectives
The school aims to:
- develop full mental and physical potential and to encourage students to gain a body of factual knowledge through a curriculum equally available to all.
- widen students’ experience, enrich their lives, promote their spiritual development and help them maintain an awareness of moral values.
- develop academic, technological, practical and communication skills.
- encourage personal and social development (including self-esteem, respect and consideration for others) as a preparation for responsible citizenship.
- encourage cultural and aesthetic appreciation and the beneficial use of leisure time and this publication scheme is a means of showing how we are pursuing these aims.
- 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’. 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.
Governors’ Documents – information published in the Governors Annual Report and in other governing body documents.
Students & Curriculum – information about policies that relate to students and the school curriculum.
School Policies and other information related to the school – information about policies that relate to the school in general.
- How to request information
If you require a paper version of any of the documents within the scheme, please contact the school by telephone, email, or letter. Contact details are set out below.
Tel: 01929 550077
Contact Address: The Purbeck School, Worgret Road, Wareham, Dorset BH20 4PF
- 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 section 6. 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 priced item such as some printed publications or videos we will let you know the cost before fulfilling your request. Where there is a charge this will be indicated by a £ sign in the description box.
- Classes of Information Currently Published
School Prospectus – this section sets out information published in the school prospectus.
|The statutory contents of the school prospectus are as follows, (other items may be included in the prospectus at the school’s discretion):
Governors’ Annual Report and other information relating to the governing body– this section sets out information published in the Governors’ Annual Report and in other governing body documents.
|Governors’ Annual Report||The statutory contents of the governors’ annual report to parents are as follows, (other items may be included in the annual report at the school’s discretion):
|Instrument of Government||
|Minutes 1 of meeting of the governing body and its committees||
Agreed minutes of meetings of the governing body and its committees [current and last full academic school year]
Students & Curriculum Policies – This section gives access to information about policies that relate to students and the school curriculum.
|Home-school agreement||Statement of the school’s aims and values, the school’s responsibilities, the parental responsibilities and the school’s expectations of its students for example homework arrangements|
|Sex Education Policy||Statement of policy with regard to sex and relationship education|
|Special Education Needs Policy||Information about the school’s policy on providing for students with special educational needs|
|Accessibility Plans||Plan for increasing participation of disabled students in the school’s curriculum, improving the accessibility of the physical environment and improving delivery of information to disabled students.|
|Equality Policy||Statement of policy for promoting race equality|
|Collective Worship||Statement of arrangements for the required daily act of collective worship|
|Provider Access Policy||Statement of the programmes of careers education provided for Key Stage 4.|
|Child Protection Policy||Statement of policy for safeguarding and promoting welfare of students at the school. (from March 2004)|
|Student Discipline||Statement of general principles on behaviour and discipline and of measures taken by the head teacher to prevent bullying.|
School Policies and other information related to the school – This section gives access to information about policies that relate to the school in general.
|Published reports of Ofsted referring expressly to the school||Published report of the last inspection of the school and the summary of the report and where appropriate inspection reports of religious education in those schools designated as having a religious character|
|Post-Ofsted inspection action plan||A plan setting out the actions required following the last Ofsted inspection and where appropriate an action plan following inspection of religious education where the school is designated as having a religious character|
|Charging and Remissions Policies||A statement of the school’s policy with respect to charges and remissions for any optional extra or board and lodging for which charges are permitted, for example school publications, music tuition, trips|
|School session times and term dates||Details of school session and dates of school terms and holidays|
|Health and Safety Policy and risk assessment||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|
|Complaints procedure||Statement of procedures for dealing with complaints|
|Performance Management of Staff||Statement of procedures adopted by the governing body relating to the performance management of staff and the annual report of the head teacher on the effectiveness of appraisal procedures|
|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 instruments, departmental circulars and administrative memoranda sent by the Department of Education and Skills to the head teacher or governing body relating to the curriculum
Many policies are accessible via our website www.purbeck.dorset.sch.uk
- 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 wish to make a complaint then initially this should be addressed to the Headteacher at the school.
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 Information Commissioner’s Office. 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
Enquiry/Information Line: 01625 545 745
Website : www.ico.org.uk