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Freedom of Information

The Fernwood School Publication Scheme on information available under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

The governing body is responsible for maintenance of this scheme.

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 and academies, 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. If the information in our publication scheme is not available for you on our website to download and print off, then hard copies can be made available through the contact details set out in section 4 below.

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

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

2. Aims and Objectives

At the heart of our ethos is equality of opportunity and shared understanding, respect and tolerance for each other’s differences and needs.

Aims:

  • To challenge every pupil to raise their aspirations and excel in academic achievements.
  • To instil in pupils the values and characteristics necessary to become successful, confident and responsible members of society.
  • To teach pupils the value of self-discipline, resilience and endeavour in order to become life-long learners.
  • To prepare pupils to participate in and contribute to a society with ever changing scientific, technical and international needs.

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’. 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 contained in governing body documents.

Pupils & Curriculum – information about policies that relate to pupils and the school curriculum.

School Policies and other information related to the school – information about policies that relate to the school in general.

4. 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 or you can visit our website at www.fernwoodschool.co.uk

Email: admin@fernwoodschool.org.uk

Tel: 0115 9286326

Contact Address: The Fernwood School, Goodwood Road, Wollaton, Nottingham NG8 2FT

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

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

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 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.

6. 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 in the prospectus at the school’s discretion):

  • the name, address and telephone number of the school, and the type of school
  • the names of the head teacher and chair of governors
  • information on the school policy on 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
  • 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 leavers1
  • the arrangements for visits to the school by prospective parents
  • the number of places for pupils of normal age of entry in the preceding school year and the number of written applications / preferences expressed for those places

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

Information relating to the Academy Trust and the Governing Body– this section sets out information published in governing body documents.

Class Description
Academy Trust and Governing Body details of the Academy Trust Members
details of the membership of the Academy Trust Governing Body, including the name of the Chair and Vice-Chair and the Company Secretary
details of the Governing Body’s Committee structure and membership
details of any expenses paid to Governors
Formal Company Documents Documents required to be kept at the registered address of the Company (i.e., the school), including the Memorandum of Association, the Articles of Association (which set out such matters as the objectives of the Trust and the manner in which the Governing Body is constituted) and the Academy Funding Agreement.
Minutes1 of meetings of the Academy Trust, Governing Body and its Committees Agreed minutes of meetings of the Academy Trust, the Governing Body and its Committees

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

Class Description
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 pupils for example homework arrangements
Curriculum Policy Statement on following the policy for the secular curriculum subjects and religious education and schemes of work and syllabuses currently used by the school
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 pupils with special educational needs
Accessibility Plans Plan for increasing participation of disabled pupils in the school’s curriculum, improving the accessibility of the physical environment and improving delivery of information to disabled pupils.
Race Equality Policy Statement of policy for promoting race equality
Collective Worship Statement of arrangements for the required daily act of collective worship
Careers Education Policy Statement of the programmes of careers education provided for Key 4.
Child Protection Policy Statement of policy for safeguarding and promoting welfare of pupils at the school.
Pupil 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.

Class Description
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

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

Feedback

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 then initially this should be addressed to Headteacher, The Fernwood School, Goodwood Road, Wollaton, Nottingham NG8 2FT
If you are not satisfied with the assistance that you get or if we have not been able to resolve your request 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: 01625 545 700
E Mail: publications@ic-foi.demon.co.uk.
Website : www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

Head Teacher – Mrs T A Rees
The Fernwood School, Goodwood Road, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2FT
0115 9286 326 | admin@fernwoodschool.org.uk
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