Freedom Of Information Policy

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DYLAN THOMAS COMMUNITY SCHOOL 

 

PUBLICATION SCHEME

 

 

 

 

 

Our full title and address for sending any documents is:

 

Dylan Thomas Community School, John St, Cockett, Swansea,

 

The person responsible for maintenance of this scheme is: The Headteacher

 

 

 

1.  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 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 [either available for you on our website to download and print off or] available in paper form.

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.  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 5 of this scheme.  The classes of information that we undertake to make available are organised into four broad topic areas:

 

  • School Prospectusinformation published in the school prospectus

 

 

  • Governors’ Documentsinformation published in the Governors’ Annual Report and in other governing body documents

 

  • Pupils & Curriculuminformation about polices that relate to pupils and the school curriculum

 

  • School Policiesinformation about policies that relate to the school in general

 

 

3.  How to request information

 

You can request of the information you want from the contact detailed below.

 

If the information you’re looking for isn’t available via the scheme you can still ask if we have it.  You can contact the school by telephone, fax, e-mail or letter.

 

E-mail             Dylan.Thomas.Community.School@Swansea-edunet.gov uk

Tel                   01792 610300

Fax                 01792 610320

Address         John St, Cockett, Swansea, SA2 0FR

 

 

To help us process your request quickly, please clearly mark any correspondence “PUBLICATIONS SCHEME REQUEST” (in bold CAPITALS)

 

4.  Paying for information

 

Single copiers of information covered by this publication scheme are provided free unless stated otherwise.  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 for a particular item this sis indicated in the boxes in Section 5 by a £ sign following the description of the item.

 

[Optional paragraph for inclusion where school has a website

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

 

 

5.  Classes of Information Currently Published

 

School Prospectus – this section sets out information published in the school prospectus.

 

 

 

 

 

Class

Description

 

School Prospectus

 

The statutory contents of the school prospectus are as follows, (other items may be included at the school’s discretion):

 

  • The name, address and telephone number of the school
  • The names of the headteacher 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 chid 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
  • Use of the Welsh Language
  • GCSE/GNVQ results in the school, locally and nationally
  • A summary of GCE A /As level results in the school and nationally
  • The number of pupils studying for and percentage achieving other vocational qualifications
  • The destinations of school leavers
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Governors’ Annual Report and other information relating to the governing body – this section sets out information published in the Governors Annual Report and in either Governing Body documents

 

Class

Description

 

Governors’ Annual report

 

The statutory contents of the governors’ annual report to parents are as follows, (other items may be included at the school’s discretion):

 

  • Details of the governing body membership, including name and address of chair and clerk
  • A statement on progress in implementing the action plan drawn up following an inspection
  • A financial statement, including gifts made to the school and amounts paid to governors for expenses
  • Information about school security
  • Information about the implementation of the governing body’s policy on pupils with special educational needs (SEN) an any changes to the policy during the last year
  • A description of the arrangements for the admission of pupils with disabilities; details of steps to prevent disabled pupils being treated less favourably than other pupils; and details of existing facilities to assist access to the school by pupils with disabilities
  • The accessibility plan covering future policies for increasing access by those with disabilities to the school (from April 2004)
  • How teachers’ professional development impacts on teaching and learning
  • Number of pupils on roll and rates of pupils’ authorised and unauthorised absence
  • National Curriculum assessment results for appropriate Key Stages, with national summary figures
  • The school’s targets for Key Stage 2/Key Stage 3 assessments
  • The school’s targets for public examination at Key Stage 4
  • GCSE/GNVQ results in the school, locally and nationally
  • GCE A/As and vocational qualification results in the school and nationally
  • The number of pupils studying for and percentage achieving other vocational qualifications
  • The destinations of school leavers

 

 

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 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 of the school
  • The date the instrument take effect

 

 

Minutes [1] of meting of the Governing Body & its committees

 

 

Minutes from governors board and committee meetings

 

Pupils and Curriculum Policies – this section gives access to information about policies that relate to pupils and the school curriculum

 

 

 

Class

Description

 

Home-School agreement

 

Written statement of the school’s aims 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

 

Collective Worship

 

 

Statement of arrangements for the required daily act of collective worship

 

Pupil Discipline

 

 

Written statement of general principles on behaviour and discipline including an y anti bullying policy as appropriate

 

Careers Education [Secondary Education]

 

Statement of the programmes of career education provide for Key Stage 4

 

School Polices – This section gives access to information about policies that relate to the school in general

 

Class

Description

 

Reports of Estyn School Inspections under Sections 10 and 23 of the School Inspections Act 1996

 

 

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 Estyn inspection

Class

Description

 

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 of which charges are permitted, for example music tuition, trips

 

School session times

 

Details of school session and dates of school terms and holidays

 

 

Special Educational Needs

 

 

Information 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 (from April 2004)

 

Health & 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 (from March 2004)

 

Complaints procedure

 

Statement of procedures for dealing with complaints

 

Staff Appraisal

 

Statement of procedures adopted by the governing body relating to staff appraisal

 

 

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

 

 

 

6.  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 initially this should be addressed to :

 

 

The Headteacher

Dylan Thomas Community School

John St

Cockett

Swansea

SA2 0FR

 

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

 

Or

 

Enquiry/Information Line: 07625 545 745

E-mail:publications@ic-foi.demon.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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