College Financial Expenditure Relating To OFSTED Appeal
Dear Shrewsbury Sixth Form College,
Please provide the details of any current or historical financial expenditure that was incurred by appealing the recent overall Grade 4 inadequate judgement given in March 2020. (See below)
The latest OFSTED report concludes the following :
Leadership and management - Inadequate
Behaviours and attitudes - Inadequate
Please also supply any financial expenditure incurred by the college relating to the procurement of the independent consultant that audited the colleges safeguarding provision in January 2020
Thank you for the Freedom of Information request you submitted through whatdotheyknow.com on 28th July 2020, but was received on 27th August 2020.
The College Freedom of Information email address is [email address], which is monitored for requests each working day, full details are available on our website. You have chosen to use the website whatdotheyknow.com to submit your request. This website does not hold up to date information about the College; currently both the legal name and contact email address are incorrect; Shrewsbury Sixth Form College no longer exists, the organisation is now named Shrewsbury Colleges Group. The email address used by whatdotheyknow.com was discontinued following our merger in 2016 and is not actively monitored. There is no obligation on the College to maintain information held by this website.
I can confirm that the College holds the information you have requested.
In line with our policy and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 we will respond within 20 working days of receipt of the request. We will therefore respond by 25th September 2020.
Thank you for the Freedom of Information Request we received on 27th August. Please find below the response to your request.
1. Please provide the details of any current or historical financial expenditure that was incurred by appealing the recent overall Grade 4 inadequate judgement given in March 2020.
The current and historical financial expenditure incurred in appealing the OFSTED grade was £11,414 (inc VAT), this service was provided by the legal firm Eversheds. There were no other additional costs incurred in the process.
2. Please also supply any financial expenditure incurred by the college relating to the procurement of the independent consultant that audited the colleges safeguarding provision in January 2020.
The Safeguarding Consultant engaged to audit the College's safeguarding provision, as required by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, worked alone. The College has assessed that, combined with other publicly available information, releasing the fee paid for this service would allow the individual and their income to be disclosed which would constitute the sharing of personal financial data. This is a breach of the General Data Protection Regulations, and therefore a breach of the Data Protection Act 2018. The College must therefore apply the Section 40(2) - Personal Information exemption which is provided within the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to refuse this element of your request. This is an absolute exemption, and as such, does not require a public interest test.
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