Documentation relating to the GMLT and Parrs Wood High School

Graham Mellors made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Parrs Wood High School, Manchester

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Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Parrs Wood High School, Manchester,

Can you please provide me with full information for the questions that follow under the FOI Act.

Documentation

I request electronic copies of the following GMLT trust and Parrs Wood High School documentation:
A copy of the current budget deficit recovery plan; including all early drafts
A copy of the GMLT’s scheme of delegation.
Copies of the last 5 years end of year financial accounts for Parrs Wood High School.
Copies of all GMLT minutes including all committees from 1st September 2017 onwards.
Copies of all Local Governing Body minutes from 1st September 2017 onwards.
Copies of all GMLT minutes from any extra-ordinary meetings, which have taken place since 1st September 2017 onwards.
Copies of all Local Governing Body minutes from any extra-ordinary meetings, which have taken place since 1st September 2017 onwards.

Facts about the trust

I request electronic copies of the following information with regard to the GMLT trust and Parrs Wood High:
Details of the total final financial cost to the school and trust of converting from a state-maintained school to an academy.
Details of the total amount of money spent by Parrs Wood High School and the GMLT on legal costs to Browne Jacobson from 1st September 2014 onwards.
Details of the GMLT Exec Principal Damian Owens wage and associated remuneration/bonus and any expense packages.
Details of the GMLT Finance Directors wage and associated remuneration/bonus and any expense packages.
The total cost to the school and trust of recruiting Vicky Beer to the role of Executive Principal, before she withdraw from the offer, including advertising and off sight interview costs.
The total cost to the school and trust of recruiting the current Exec Head Principal Damian Owen, including advertising and off sight interview costs.
Details of the cost of any support packages put in place for help from Manchester Health academy from 1st September 2016 onwards.
Details of how many primary schools have expressed an interest in joining the GMLT since 1st September 2017.
Details of how many secondary schools have expressed an interest in joining the GMLT since 1st September 2017.
Details of how many primary schools expressed an interest in joining Parrs Wood in the formation of a MAT before the GMLT was formed in September 2016.
Details of how many secondary schools expressed an interest in joining Parrs Wood in the formation of a MAT before the GMLT was formed in September 2016.
Details and costs of all out sourced contracts that either the GMLT or Parrs Wood High school are signed in to. This is to include all sub-contracts including cleaning, re-cycling collection and landscaping.
Details of all expenses associated with the running of the trust since 1st September 2016 including expenses claimed by Trustees and Governors, and costs associated with any “away days”.

Communication

I request electronic copies of the following GMLT trust and Parrs Wood High School communications:
Copies of all written and email communications between GMLT Trustees and Vicky Beer the Regional Schools commissioner, between 1st September 2016 and 27th February 2017.
Copies of all written and email communications between GMLT Trustees and Damian Owen the then Principal of the Manchester Health Academy, between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017.
Copies of all written and email communications between Damian Owen the now Exec Principal of the GMLT and Manchester Health Academy, from 1st September 2017 onwards.
Copies of all written and email communications between GMLT Trustees and Local governing body members from 16th February 2018 onwards.
Copies of all written and email communications between the GMLT Chair of Governors Suzannah Reeves and Damian Owen from 1st September 2016 onwards.
Copies of all written and email communications between the GMLT Chair of Governors Suzannah Reeves and Trustees Mary Powell and Tom McDonald from 1st September 2015 onwards.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Yours faithfully,

Graham Mellors

E Garry, Parrs Wood High School, Manchester

Dear Mr Mellor’s,

Thank you for your request. The Trust are currently reviewing the details of your enquiry and will respond accordingly.

Kind regards,

Mr McElwee

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Gadawodd Amanda Thelwell anodiad ()

Tut tut Headmaster - There is no apostrophe in Graham's surname because there is no possession.

Dear Ms Wright,

Thank you for your reply to my FOI request, received by email on Friday 20th April. I note that you will note be able to answer the "request without further clarification". I also note that you estimate the work required to respond to the request would be "in excess of the applicable time limit to determine the appropriate material and locate, retrieve and extract the information" and so my "request will not be processed any further". Furthermore, it is under your "consideration whether your [my] request is potentially vexatious".

I am considering the points you make and will respond in due course.

Yours sincerely,

Graham Mellors

Gadawodd Keith Atkinson anodiad ()

Parrs Wood have a shocking record going back many years of non-compliance with valid freedom of information requests. They usually do not respond on the WDTK website and instead try to contact requester's direct to avoid public scrutiny.

The school's normal approach is to avoid answering within 20 working days and wait instead for an Internal Review request.

They will then engage a range of exemptions with their favourite one being section 14, that every request they receive must be vexatious.

Another one they will use is section 12 the cost exceeds £450 (18 hrs x £25) but if they have used that one in this request they have a duty provide advice and assistance to help you refine your request so that it can be dealt with under the appropriate limit.

Contact the ICO on 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745 and they will give you sound advice.

In short Parrs Wood spend far more time and cost in avoiding transparency and openness, instead of providing people with the right to access the information they hold.

Dear Ms Wright,

I have further considered your response to my original request. In your response, you invoke Section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000 in stating the request would exceed the appropriate limit of £450.00/18 Hours. I have taken this response on board and as a result have modified my request.

Below I have outlined the information I wish to still request and the information I wish to be removed from the request at this time.

Documentation

I request electronic copies of the following GMLT trust and Parrs Wood High School documentation:

· A copy of the current budget deficit recovery plan; including all early drafts. (Electronic copies of which should be readily available).
· A copy of the restructuring and redundancy consolation documentation; including all early drafts. (Electronic copies of which should be readily available).
· Copies of the last 5 years end of year financial accounts for Parrs Wood High School. (Electronic copies of which should be readily available).

Requested Information no longer required at this time:

· Copies of all GMLT minutes including all committees from 1st September 2017 onwards. (Removed from request, subject to publication on the School Website as per the GMLT publication policy).
· Copies of all Local Governing Body minutes from 1st September 2017 onwards. (Removed from request, subject to publication on the School Website as per the GMLT publication policy).
· Copies of all GMLT minutes from any extra-ordinary meetings, which have taken place since 1st September 2017 onwards. (Removed from request, subject to publication on the School Website as per the GMLT publication policy).
· Copies of all Local Governing Body minutes from any extra-ordinary meetings, which have taken place since 1st September 2017 onwards. (Removed from request, subject to publication on the School Website as per the GMLT publication policy).
· Copies of any reports produced following any DfE investigations into the governance of Parrs Wood High School.

Communication

I request electronic copies of the following GMLT trust and Parrs Wood High School communications:

· Copies of all written and email communications between GMLT Trustees and Local governing body members from 16th February 2018 onwards.

Requested Information no longer required at this time:

· Copies of all written and email communications between the GMLT Chair of Governors Suzannah Reeves and Trustees Mary Powell and Tom McDonald from 1st September 2015 onwards.
· Copies of all written and email communications between GMLT Trustees and Vicky Beer the Regional Schools commissioner, between 1st September 2017 and 27th February 2017.
· Copies of all written and email communications between GMLT Trustees and Damian Owen the then Principal of the Manchester Health Academy, between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017.
· Copies of all written and email communications between Damian Owen the now Exec Principal of the GMLT and Manchester Health Academy, from 1st September 2017 onwards.
· Copies of all written and email communications between the GMLT Chair of Governors Suzannah Reeves and Damian Owen from 1st September 2016 onwards.

Facts about the trust

I request electronic copies of the following information with regard to the GMLT trust and Parrs Wood High:

· Details of the total final financial cost to the school and trust of converting from a state-maintained school to an academy.
· Details of the cost of any support packages put in place for help from Manchester Health academy from 1st September 2016 onwards.
· Details of how many primary schools have expressed an interest in joining the GMLT since 1st September 2017. (To clarify I am requesting the number of schools, not the names).
· Details of how many secondary schools have expressed an interest in joining the GMLT since 1st September 2017. (To clarify I am requesting the number of schools, not the names).
· Details of how many primary schools expressed an interest in joining Parrs Wood in the formation of a MAT before the GMLT was formed in September 2016. (To clarify I am requesting the number of schools, not the names).
· Details of how many secondary schools expressed an interest in joining Parrs Wood in the formation of a MAT before the GMLT was formed in September 2016. (To clarify I am requesting the number of schools, not the names).

Requested Information no longer required at this time:

· Details of the total amount of money spent by Parrs Wood High School and the GMLT on legal costs to Browne Jacobson from 1st September 2014 onwards.
· The total cost to the school and trust of recruiting Vicky Beer to the role of Executive Principal, before she withdraw from the offer, including advertising and off sight interview costs.
· Details of the GMLT Exec Principal Damian Owens wage and associated remuneration/bonus and any expense packages. Removed from request, subject to publication in the 2017/18 GMLT End of year accounts in August.
· Details of the GMLT Finance Directors wage and associated remuneration/bonus and any expense packages. Removed from request, subject to publication in the 2017/18 GMLT End of year accounts in August.
· The total cost to the school and trust of recruiting the current Exec Head Principal Damian Owen, including advertising and off sight interview costs.
· Details of all expenses associated with the running of the trust since 1st September 2016 including expenses claimed by Trustees and Governors, and costs associated with any “away days”. Removed from request, subject to publication in the 2017/18 GMLT End of year accounts in August.
· A copy of the GMLT’s scheme of delegation. Removed from request, subject to publication on the School Website of the most recent scheme of delegation as per the GMLT publication policy.
· Details and costs of all out sourced contracts that either the GMLT or Parrs Wood High school are signed in to. This is to include all sub-contracts including cleaning, re-cycling collection and landscaping.

The range of modifications to this request should significantly reduce the cost and required work hours. Given the widespread local interest in the proposed cuts at the school, plans for the MAT and continued silence of the Trustees, the request has a serious purpose, a legitimate aim and motivation and is of wider public interest.

I seek your consideration of my modified and much reduced request. I note that in these circumstances you are obliged to offer advice and assistance. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Graham Mellors

Dear Ms Wright,

Please can you provide me with an update on where you are with this revised request.

Yours sincerely,

Graham Mellors

Dear Ms Wright,

Thank you for providing the response to my revised request via email earlier today.

Yours sincerely,

Graham Mellors