Freedom of Information Publication Scheme


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

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. All information in our publication scheme will available on our website or 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. School Aims and Objectives

To provide opportunities in order to assist all pupils to achieve their full potential and to treat pupils as we would wish to have our own children treated. The following principles underline everything we do:

  • A respect for all pupils and their parents.
  • A full commitment to professionalism.
  • A well-ordered and caring school community.

School Aims to:

  • Help pupils to achieve their full academic potential.
  • Help pupils to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life, employment and leisure in a fast changing world.
  • Help pupils to be literate and numerate.
  • Encourage the principles of common sense and courtesy and to develop a respect for other people and their property.
  • Help and encourage all concerned to maintain the school’s good reputation.
  • Create a happy and stable environment in which learning can take place.

Help Pupils to Develop:

  • Lively, enquiring minds.
  • The ability to question and debate rationally.
  • The ability to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills.
  • Help pupils to understand the effect of human activities on the environment.
  • Help pupils understand and respect the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups of people and nations.
  • Help pupils develop sensitivity, empathy, tolerance, self-control, sympathy and an understanding of others.
  • Prepare pupils for future economic roles as producers, consumers and citizens.
  • Help pupils contribute to an industrialised and highly technological society.
  • Help pupils to understand enterprise, wealth creation and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Help pupils to develop an interest in their own good health and acquire the skills to make positive choices and decisions throughout their lives.
  • Increase pupils’ awareness of the wide variety of religious and cultural experiences, beliefs and practices to be found in the world so that they may develop an awareness and understanding of their own beliefs and respect the rights and values of others.
  • Offer pupils equality of opportunity in learning, regardless of gender or special educational needs.
  • Combat racial discrimination and prejudice.

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 – minutes of and papers considered at, meetings of the governing body and its committees.

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 (or you can visit our website at aomschool.com).

Email: office@aom.trafford.sch.uk

Tel: 0161 973 1179

Contact Address: Cecil Avenue, Sale, Manchester M33 5BP

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 Executive Headteacher, Headteacher and chair of governors
• information on the school policy on admissions together with information about the right to appeal
• a statement of the school’s ethos and values
• information about the school’s policy on providing for pupils with special educational needs

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

Class Description
Governing Body • details of the governing body membership, including names and contact details and the basis on which they have been appointed
Minutes of meetings (1) of the governing body and its committee Agreed minutes of meetings of the governing body and its committees [current and last full academic school year]

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

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
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.
Equality Policy Statement of policy for promoting equality
Safeguarding Policy Statement of policy for safeguarding and promoting welfare of pupils at the school.
School behaviour policy 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
Charging and Remissions Policies A statement of the school’s policy with respect to charges and remissions 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 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
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
Data Protection Policy Details of the schools responsibility under the Data Protection Act 1998

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 Chief Executive, Mr T. Kapur. 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

Email: publications@ic-foi.demon.co.uk

Website: www.ico.org.uk

Note: The governing body is responsible for maintenance of this scheme.