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Bearwood college changes

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Dear Department for Education,

Section 162 of the Education Act 2002 requires independent schools to gain approval from the Secretary of State before making certain specific changes, known as ‘material changes’. The definition of ‘material changes’ include a change of proprietor. There is clearly a public interest in a material change, including a change of proprietor. The risk to children inherent in a material change may be increased when a school is transferred from one operator to another, particularly if the latter has not operated a school in UK to date.

1. Would you please provide all correspondence, forms, notes etc in connection with the transfer of Bearwood College from Charity Number 285287 (Bearwood College Trustees) to Reddam House (Berkshire) Ltd (and other subsidiaries of Educas International) in September 2014.
2. What consideration, if any, was made of the experience of the new operator in running a UK school?

Yours faithfully,

Georgina

Department for Education

Dear Ms Georgina

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2014/0076724.

Thank you

Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288

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Department for Education

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Dear Madam,
Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 9 December 2014. You
requested;

Section 162 of the Education Act 2002 requires independent schools to gain approval from the
Secretary of State before making certain specific changes, known as ‘material changes’.    
The definition of ‘material changes’ include a change of proprietor.   There is clearly a
public interest in a material change, including a change of proprietor.    The risk to
children inherent in a material change may be increased when a school is transferred from
one operator to another, particularly if the latter has not operated a school in UK to
date. 

1.   Would you please provide all correspondence, forms, notes etc in connection with the
transfer of Bearwood College from Charity Number 285287 (Bearwood College Trustees) to
Reddam House (Berkshire) Ltd (and other subsidiaries of Educas International) in September
2014.
2.   What consideration, if any, was made of the experience of the new operator in running
a  UK school?

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”).

A copy of the information which can be disclosed is enclosed. You will note, however, that
some material has been redacted, and in withholding this information we are invoking the
exemptions at sections 40(2) of the Act. The exempted material comprises of personal data of
third parties. Personal data is that which relates to a living individual who can be
identified from that data, or from that data and other information which is likely to be in,
or to come into, the possession of the requestor.  Disclosure of this information would
contravene a number of the data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998, and
would be regarded as ‘unfair’.  By that, we mean the likely expectations of the data subject
that his or her information would not be disclosed to others and the effect which disclosure
would have on the data subject.  Section 40(2) is an absolute exemption and is not subject
to the public interest test.

We addressed your second question in our response of 16 December 2014; this was that
Independent School proprietors operate in a free market so consideration is not given to the
previous experience or ability of the new proprietor. They must however make sure that the
independent school standards are met.

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Gillian Clark
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