Freedom of Information publication scheme

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 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 either available for you on our website to download and print off or available in paper form in the academy.

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

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

Seaton Academy

 

Freedom of Information Publication Scheme

 

Effective from: September 2011       

 

Aims and Objectives 

Seaton Academy promotes high achievement and learning for life by working with children to

  • Develop enquiring minds and a spirit of curiosity
  • Become highly motivated life-long learners
  • Be flexible and adaptable for the modern world
  • Have high self esteem - respecting themselves, others, other cultures and the environment
  • Be able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Achieve high standards in all areas of the curriculum
  • Seek to extend themselves in mind, body and spirit
  • Liaise with incoming and outgoing education providers and the wider community

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:

Prospectus – information published in the academy prospectus.

Trustees Documents – information published in the Trustees Annual Report and in other board documents.

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

Policies and other information related to the academy- information about policies that relate to the academy in general.

 

How to request information

If you require a paper version of any of the documents within the scheme, please

contact the academy by letter.  Contact details are set out below.

Contact Address: Seaton Academy, High Seaton, Seaton, Workington, Cumbria CA14 1NP

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 Academy to ask if we have it.

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 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

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

Class

Description

Academy Prospectus is now on the Web Site

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

·       the name, address and telephone number of the academy

·       the names of the head and chair of trustees

·       information on the academy’s policy on admissions

·       a statement of the academy'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 academy's policy on providing for pupils with special educational needs

·       number of pupils on roll and rates of pupils’ authorised and unauthorised absences

·       the arrangements for visits to the academy by prospective parents

 

The Academy Profile

This can be accessed on the academy web site

This document reports on academy progress, priorities and performance.  It is up-dated annually and contains:

  • statistics provided by the DfE
  • a summary of the Ofsted report
  • an annual review of the work of the academy

 

Pupils & Curriculum Policies - This section gives access to information about policies that relate to pupils and the curriculum.  All are available on the website. £ Charge for hard copies. Details on request.

Class

Description

Admission Arrangements

Information about admissions to Pre-school and Reception class

Attendance

Information about attendance legislation

Pupil Discipline

Statement of general principles on behaviour and discipline and of measures taken by the head to prevent bullying.

Charging and remissions

Statement of which activities are charged for

Complaints

Procedures to be followed

Data Protection

 

Homework

 

Home – School agreement

Statement of the academy’s aims and values, the academy’s responsibilities, the parental responsibilities and the academy’s expectations of its pupils

Curriculum Policies

 

Sex Education Policy

Statement of policy with regard to sex and relationship education

Special Education Needs Policy

Information about the academy’s policy on providing for pupils with special educational needs

 

Equality Objectives

Plan for increasing participation of disabled pupils in the academy’s curriculum, improving the accessibility of the physical environment and improving delivery of information to disabled pupils.

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 academy.

 Prevent Policy

 Statement of policy for prevention of radicalisation  at the Academy.

 Visitors Policy

 Statement of policy for visitors at the Academy.

 Pupil Premium Report

 Information on how pupil premium is utilised.

 

Academy Policies and other information related to the academy.

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

Class

Description

Published reports of Ofsted referring expressly to the academy

Published report summary of the last inspection of the academy and the summary of the report and where appropriate inspection reports of religious education in those academy’s designated as having a religious character

Academy session times and term dates

Details of academy session and dates of academy 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

Performance Management of Staff

Statement of procedures adopted by the trustees relating to the performance management of staff and the annual report of the head on the effectiveness of appraisal procedures

Staff Conduct, Discipline and Grievance

Statement of procedure for regulating conduct and discipline of academy 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 to the head or trustees relating to the curriculum.

 

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 Seaton Academy, High Seaton, Seaton, Workington CA14 1NP.

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