Freedom of Information Policy

This is St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School’s 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, 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 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 of the school    

  • To provide each child with an education differentiated for his/her ability and relevant to the needs of the National Curriculum in an inclusive way.
  • To ensure each child reaches his/her full potential in all areas of study.
  • To help our children grow in their Christian faith and to develop personal moral values and a respect and understanding of the religions and beliefs of others.
  • To provide a school with friendly, happy atmosphere catering for the needs of all children.
  • To encourage children to think for themselves and to be useful members of the community.
  • To make our children aware of others’ needs and problems and to learn that working harmoniously together can bring success and fulfilment.
  • To work at all times in close partnership with parents.

 

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.
  • School Profile and other information relating to the governing body – information published in the School Profile and in other 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, fax or letter. Contact details are set out below.

Email:
Headteacher@st-josephs-broadstairs.kent.sch.uk

Tel: 01843 861738

Fax: 01843 861738

Contact Address:     St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

St. Peter’s Park Road,

Broadstairs.

Kent. CT10 2BA                    

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, you can still contact the school to ask if we have it.

5.    Paying for information

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.

 

6.     Classes of Information Currently Published

 

School Prospectus – We do not keep a prospectus.

School Profile and other information relating to the governing body– this section sets out information published in the School Profile and in other governing body documents.

Class

Description

School Profile

The contents of the School Profile are as follows:

  • list information included in the school profile e.g.
    • performance data
    • summary of Ofsted report
    • school’s intentions for the future, etc.

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 of each category of governor if less than 4 years
  • The name of any body 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

Agreed minutes of meetings of 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

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, where appropriate, inspection reports of religious education in those schools designated as having a religious character

Ofsted inspection Self-Evaluation Form

A statement of the governing body’s evaluation of the school’s performance.

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

Pay Policy

Statement of the school’s policy regarding teachers’ pay including procedures for determining teachers’ grievances in relation to their pay.

Staffing Structure Implementation Plan

The school’s plan for the implementation of any changes to its staffing structure following statutory review.

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

Admissions Policy

Statement of the school’s policy on admissions

Annex A – Other documents

Annex A provides a list of other documents that are held by the school and are available on request

 

 

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 wish to make a complaint then initially this should be addressed to The Chair of Governors.

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:    01625 545 700

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

Website :    www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

Reviewed December 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annex A

 

Published SATS results

Admissions Policy

AEN

Assessment Recording and Reporting Policy

Attendance and punctuality

Behaviour Policy

Child Protection Policy statement

Safeguarding children

Personal, social and health education and citizenship

Confidential Disclosure Policy

Confidentiality policy for schools

Disability Discrimination scheme

Racial Equality

Drugs

Early Years Policy

Equal Opportunities policy

Gender Equality Scheme

Finance Policy

Gifted and Talented Policy

Habitual and vexatious complaints

Home School Policy

Homework Policy

Internet Access Policy

Inclusion Policy

Monitoring policy

Leadership posts appointment policy

Medicine Policy

Procedures for managing staff disciplinary matters and poor performance

Staff Development Policy

Staff review

Stress management

Complaints procedure

SEN

Sickness absence procedure staff

Monitoring Policy

PSHE Policy

Premises and Maintenance Policy

Student right of access to Education records.

Teaching and Learning Policy

Volunteer

Whistle blowing procedures

Whole school food policy

Curriculum subject policies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freedom of information

Guide to information available from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School under the model publication scheme

Information to be published

How the information can be obtained

Cost

Actual costs apply

Class 1 – Who we are and what we do

(Organisational information, structures, locations and contacts)

 

This will be current information only

            

(hard copy and/or website)

 

Who’s who in the school

From the office

 

Who’s who on the governing body and the basis of their appointment

From the Clerk to Governors

 

Instrument of Government

From the office

 

Contact details for the Head teacher and for the governing body (named contacts where possible with telephone number and email address (if used))

From the office

 

School prospectus

From the office

 

Staffing structure

From the office

 

School session times and term dates

From the office

 

Class 2 – What we spend and how we spend it

(Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit)

 

Current and previous financial year as a minimum

(hard copy and/or website)

 

Annual budget plan and financial statements

From the office

 

Capitalised funding

From the office

 

Additional funding

From the office

 

Procurement and projects

From the office

 

Pay policy

From the office

 

Staffing and grading structure

From the office

 

Governors’ allowances

From the office

 
     

Class 3 – What our priorities are and how we are doing

(Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews)

 

Current information as a minimum

(hard copy or website)

 

School profile

  • Government supplied performance data
  • The latest Ofsted report
    – Summary
    – Full report

From the office, and OFSTED website

Government web site

 

Performance management policy and procedures adopted by the governing body.

From the office

 

Schools future plans

SIP hard copy

 

Class 4 – How we make decisions

(Decision making processes and records of decisions)

 

Current and previous three years as a minimum

(hard copy or website)

 

Admissions policy/decisions (not individual admission decisions)

From the office

 

Agendas of meetings of the governing body and (if held) its sub-committees

Clerk to the Governors

 

Minutes of meetings (as above) – nb this will exclude information that is properly regarded as private to the meetings.

Clerk to the Governors

 


 

   

Class 5 – Our policies and procedures

(Current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities)

 

Current information only

(hard copy or website)

 

School policies including:

  • Charging and remissions policy
  • Health and Safety
  • Complaints procedure
  • Discipline and grievance policies
  • Staffing structure implementation plan
  • Information request handling policy
  • Equality and diversity (including equal opportunities) policies
  • Staff recruitment policies

From the office

 

Pupil and curriculum policies, including:

  • Home-school agreement
  • Curriculum
  • Sex education
  • Special educational needs
  • Accessibility
  • Race equality
  • Collective worship
  • Behaviour policy

From the office

 

Records management and personal data policies, including:

  • Data protection

From the office

 

Charging regimes and policies.

This should include details of any statutory charging regimes. Charging policies should include charges made for information routinely published. They should clearly state what costs are to be recovered, the basis on which they are made and how they are calculated.

From the office

 

 


 

   

Class 6 – Lists and Registers

 

Currently maintained lists and registers only

(hard copy or website; some information may only be available by inspection)

 

Asset register

From the office

 

Any information the school is currently legally required to hold in publicly available registers (THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE ATTENDANCE REGISTER)

   


 

   

Class 7 – The services we offer

(Information about the services we offer, including leaflets, guidance and newsletters produced for the public and businesses)

 

Current information only

(hard copy or website; some information may only be available by inspection)

 

Extra-curricular activities

From the office

 

Out of school clubs

From the office

 

School publications

From the office

 

Leaflets books and newsletters

From the office

 

 


 

   

Additional Information

This will provide schools with the opportunity to publish information that is not itemised in the lists above

   

 

Published SATS results

Admissions Policy

AEN

Assessment Recording and Reporting Policy

Attendance and punctuality

Behaviour Policy

Child Protection Policy statement

Safeguarding children

Personal, social and health education and citizenship

Confidential Disclosure Policy

Confidentiality policy for schools

Disability Discrimination scheme

Racial Equality

Drugs

Early Years Policy

Equal Opportunities policy

Gender Equality Scheme

Finance Policy

Gifted and Talented Policy

Habitual and vexatious complaints

Home School Policy

Homework Policy

Internet Access Policy

Inclusion Policy

Monitoring policy

Leadership posts appointment policy

Medicine Policy

Procedures for managing staff disciplinary matters and poor performance

Staff Development Policy

Staff review

Stress management

Complaints procedure

SEN

Sickness absence procedure staff

Monitoring Policy

PSHE Policy

Premises and Maintenance Policy

Student right of access to Education records.

Teaching and Learning Policy

Volunteer policy

Whistle blowing procedures

Whole school food policy

Curriculum subject policies

From the office

 

Contact details:

Head Teacher, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, St Peter’s Park Road, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 2BA

TEL 01843 8617378

e-mail – headteacher@st-joesphs-braodstairs.kent.sch.uk

 

SCHEDULE OF CHARGES

 

This describes how the charges have been arrived at and should be published as part of the guide.

 

TYPE OF CHARGE

DESCRIPTION

BASIS OF CHARGE

Disbursement cost

Photocopying/printing @ ..p per sheet (black & white)

Actual cost

 

Photocopying/printing @ ..p per sheet (colour)

Actual cost

     
 

Postage

Actual cost of Royal Mail standard 2nd class

     

Statutory Fee

 

To be discussed

     

Other

   
     

 

 

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Address

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
St Peter’s Park Road
Broadstairs
Kent
CT10 2BA

Contact

Tel / Fax: 01843 861738
Email: info@st-josephs-broadstairs.kent.sch.uk

KCSP

Kent Catholic Schools Partnership
Website: kcsp.org.uk
Telephone: 01622 232662

Headteacher
Mrs Linda Briggs

 

Chair of Governors
Mr John Darby