This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Education Establishments'.



 
 
 
 
Freshford House 
T 0300 123 1231 
Redcliffe Way 
Textphone 0161 618 8524
Bristol 
xxxxxxxxx@xxxxxx.xxx.xx  
Direct T 0300 013 1287 
BS1 6NL 
www.ofsted.gov.uk  
xxxxxxxx.xxxxxx@xxxxxx.xxx.xx  
 
 
 
30 July 2014 
Mark Beedles 
Our Reference: CAS-298764-JM0QNC
Sent via Email: 
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx 
 
Dear Mr Beedles, 
 
Your request for information 
 
Thank you for your request for information submitted to us on 2 July 2014 via the 
WhatDoTheyKnow website. You have requested a list of all establishments, both 
open and closed, that Ofsted has registered on our database. You have asked that 
the list contain the following columns: 
 
 
Education Name 
 
Address 
 
URN 
 
Region (Gor) 
 
LAcode 
 
Local Authority 
 
LAestab 
 
dfeNumber 
 
establishment number 
 
type of establishment 
 
phase of education 
 
You have also asked that we include all establishments in Wales; however, as 
explained in previous correspondence with you, we do not hold data for 
establishments in Wales as Ofsted is only responsible for the inspection and 
regulation of provisions in England. As a result we have not considered this aspect of 
your request this time and suggest you make alternative enquiries for this 
information as explained in our earlier letter. 
 
The Freedom of Information Act  
 
We have dealt with your request in accordance with the Freedom of Information 
(FOI) Act 2000. 
 


 
 
 
The first requirement of the Act is that we should confirm whether or not we hold 
information of the description set out in your request. I can confirm that we hold 
details of all education establishments that are both open and closed in England. As 
mentioned above we do not hold information about provisions based in Wales. 
 
Under the FOI Act, we are under a duty to provide you with all the information we 
hold which falls within the scope of your request, provided it is not ‘exempt’ 
information.  
 
Exempt Information  
 
Section 2(2) of the FOI Act describes circumstances in which information is ‘exempt’ 
and therefore does not have to be provided in response to a request. On this 
occasion, we have concluded that the exemptions at sections 21, 26, 38 and 40(2) 
apply to some of the information you have requested.  
 
In addition to the above exemptions, some of the information you have requested 
relates to our function as the regulator of children’s social care. Information of this 
nature is specifically excluded from the general right of access to information held by 
public authorities under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000. The Care 
Standards Act 2000 (Registration) (England) Regulations 2010 prohibit the disclosure 
to the public of the name, address and other identifying information about Children’s 
Homes. As a result we are unable to disclose the names and addresses of children’s 
homes as part of our response to this request. 
 
Section 21 
 
Where individual childminders have provided consent for us to publish their contact 
details we do so on our website alongside their registration details. As the 
information is available to you from the Ofsted website, section 21 of the FOI Act 
provides that we are not obliged to further disclose this information or to present it 
in an alternative way. 
 
Section 26 
 
Section 26 applies to information that, if disclosed, could prejudice the defence of 
any British Island or colony or the capability, effectiveness or security of any relevant 
forces. The locations of some military bases are not made public because of concerns 
about security. Should we disclose details of the Early Years settings located on 
those military bases then this would reveal their location and compromise their 
security and effectiveness. 
 
 


 
 
As section 26 is a qualified exemption, we are required to consider whether or not 
the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs that in release of the 
information. 
 
Although there may be a public interest in the location of all childcare providers 
being available for the sake of transparency, there is a very clear public interest in 
not revealing the locations of military bases where this would compromise security, 
reduce the effectiveness of the nation’s defence and possibly expose the staff on the 
base, and the children in the childcare located there, to a greater risk of harm. 
We therefore believe that the greater public interest lies in maintaining the 
exemption for this information. 
 
Section 38 
 
Section 38 applies to information that, if disclosed, would or would likely endanger 
the physical or mental health of any individual or endanger the safety of any 
individual. Women’s refuges house vulnerable women and their children, many of 
whom have moved there to escape domestic violence and other abuse. Very often, 
the location of the refuges is not widely publicised to prevent the residents being 
located by their abusers and subjected to threats and further violence.  
 
Consequently, the release of information about the location of childcare based in 
refuges would be likely to endanger the physical or mental health or the safety of the 
women and children who use these centres. 
 
Again, section 38 is a qualified exemption, so we are required to apply the public 
interest test. We believe that the public interest is clearly in maintaining the 
exemption. The women and children that use these centres are vulnerable and the 
fact that their locations are not known to the public affords them greater protection 
and reduces the risk that they would suffer further harm. If we were to disclose the 
location of these refuges then it would make them ineffectual and would prompt 
many women who need the safety and anonymity offered by the refuge to not use 
this valuable service. 
 
Section 40 (2) 
 
Section 40(2) states that information is exempt from the requirement to disclose 
under the FOI Act if it satisfies the following criteria: 
 
1. it is personal data about a third party (Section 40(2)(a)); and 
2. its disclosure to the public would contravene any of the data protection principles 
(Section 40(2)(b) and 40(3)(a)(i)). The data protection principles are set out in Part 
1 of Schedule 1 of the DPA. 
 


 
 
 
Some of the telephone numbers we have listed for the settings specifically state that 
they are personal contact details. These constitute personal data about an individual 
so the first criterion is satisfied. 
 
The first data protection principle requires that any processing of personal data, 
including disclosure, is fair and lawful and meets relevant conditions from schedules 
2 and 3 of the DPA. Disclosure can be considered to be fair if the individual to whom 
the personal data relates (“the data subject”) has consented to the disclosure or has 
a reasonable expectation that their information will be disclosed to the public, or if 
the disclosure is otherwise reasonable in the circumstances of the case.  
 
In this case, the requested information is the providers’ personal data, specifically 
their personal telephone numbers, which we do not have consent to disclose to the 
public, and the individuals concerned have no expectation that we would do so. 
Disclosure would therefore not be fair, as required by the first data protection 
principle. 
 
In addition to this, although some providers based on domestic premises have given 
us with consent to publish their details on our website, they have not given us 
consent to provide this information as part of a stand-alone list. Should a provider 
retract their consent in the future their details would be removed from our website. 
It would not be fair for us to provide a list of personal data that we are unable to 
amend should an individual request that we no longer publish their personal details. 
Again disclosure would not be fair, as required by the first data protection principle. 
 
This being the case, the second of the above criteria is also satisfied. The exemption 
at section 40(2) of the FOI Act therefore applies to the personal information you 
have requested and we are not disclosing it to you. 
 
Disclosed Information 
 
Please find attached five spreadsheets containing the information that we are able to 
disclose to you with some information relating to provider addresses, telephone 
numbers, information on women’s refuges and some providers on military bases 
removed. A black cell in the spreadsheet indicates where we have removed exempt 
information in isolation.  
 
Please note that the copyright and database rights in the document we are disclosing 
belong to the crown. Disclosure under the FOI Act does not entitle you to use the 
document in breach of the crown’s copyright and database rights. Subject to these, 
material may be reproduced in part or in whole free of charge in any format or 
medium for any non-commercial educational purposes, such as research, private 
 



 
 
study or for internal circulation within an organisation. This is subject to the material 
being reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading context. Where crown 
copyright/database right material is being republished or copied to others, the source 
of the material must be identified and the copyright status acknowledged. You 
should not present out of date material as if it is current. You are not entitled to use 
material subject to crown copyright or database rights for the principal purpose of 
advertising or promoting a particular product or service. 
 
I trust that this letter clearly explains our decision. If you have any queries about our 
response, please contact me on 0300 013 1287 and I will do my best to address 
them. 
  
Alternatively, if you are dissatisfied with our response or the handling of your 
request, you may request a formal internal review. In order to do this, please write 
to the following address, setting out which areas of the response you are unhappy 
with: 
 
Email: xxxx.xxxxxx@xxxxxx.xxx.xx or write to: 
  
Head of Information 
Commercial Services Division 
Ofsted 
Aviation House 
125 Kingsway 
London 
WC2B 6SE 
 
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you also have the 
right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision as to whether or not 
we have complied with our obligations under the FOI Act with respect to your 
request. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: 
 
FOI Case Reception Unit 
Information Commissioner’s Office  
Wycliffe House  
Water Lane 
Wilmslow 
Cheshire 
SK9 5AF 
 
Yours sincerely, 
 
 
Alastair O’Neill 
Information Delivery Officer 
Information Management Team