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Boys grammar school and secondary school provision in Sevenoaks

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Dear Kent County Council,

Please could you let me know:

1) How much has been spent by KCC on provision of a boys grammar school 'annexe' at the former Wilderness site in Sevenoaks.

2) Please can you send documents relating to discussions about the use of the site for either boys selective provision or all ability secondary provision, dating from within the last six months. Please send documents with redactions if these are needed to fit FOI rules.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Joanne Bartley

Kent County Council

Dear Ms Bartley

 

Thank you for your email below.

 

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 19^th December 2017 (20 working days from date of receipt).

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/17/2014 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

 

Best regards,

 

Peter Wylie | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Room 2.71, Sessions House, Maidstone | Tel 03000
415563 | Fax 03000 420303 |
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...

 

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Kent County Council

Dear Ms Bartley

 

Further to our acknowledgement below, under section 10(3) of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000, public authorities can extend the statutory
timeframe to consider whether the public interest in withholding exempt
information is outweighed by the benefits of releasing it.  We are in the
process of exploring this.

 

We hope to be in a position to reply to you as soon as possible but no
later than 19^th January 2017.  Please quote our reference - FOI/17/2014 -
in any communication regarding this particular request.

 

Kind regards

 

Kirsty-Leigh Robertson| Information Access Officer  | Information
Resilience & Transparency Team | Room 2.87, Sessions House, Maidstone |
Tel 03000 418301 | Fax 03000 420303 |
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...

 

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Dear Kent County Council,

This FOI is now overdue, it was initially due on 19th December, but you delayed under section 10(3) until Jan 19th. This date has now past. Please send a response.

Yours faithfully,

Joanne Bartley

Dear Kent County Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Kent County Council's handling of my FOI request 'Boys grammar school and secondary school provision in Sevenoaks'.

The provision of this information is long overdue. The answer to the first question - a simple reference to budget should be simple and swift to provide, presuming the council manages its budget efficiently. So I do hope this information can be provided as soon as possible.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Thank you for your help providing information.

Yours faithfully,

Joanne Bartley

Kent County Council

Dear Ms Bartley

 

Thank you for your email.

 

I am sorry you are unhappy with KCC’s handling of your request for
information, specifically that you have still not received any response. I
appreciate that KCC has failed to comply with statutory timescales and I
am very sorry.

 

An independent officer who was not involved with your original request
will investigate your complaint and review our original response on behalf
of the Head of Paid Service. Their reply will be forthcoming within 20
working days from receipt (by 27^th February)

 

Best regards

 

Caroline Dodge | Team Leader | Information Resilience & Transparency Team
| Kent County Council | Room 2.87, Sessions House, Maidstone, ME14
1XQ | Phone 03000 416033 | Fax 03000 420303 | 
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
|

 

 

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Kent County Council

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Dear Ms Bartley

 

Thank you for your request for information relating to the former
Wilderness site in Sevenoaks. You asked for “documents relating to
discussions about the use of the site for either boys selective provision
or all ability secondary provision, dating from within the last six
months”. Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in responding
to you. I appreciate that KCC has failed to comply with statutory
timescales on this occasion.

 

I can confirm that Kent County Council does hold information falling
within the scope of your request and I am pleased to provide the attached
information in response to your request.

 

KCC does hold further information relating to the use of the site for
either boys selective provision or all ability secondary provision,
however having sought the opinion of KCC’s qualified person (KCC’s
monitoring officer), KCC’s view is that the information in the documents
held is exempt from disclosure under section 36(2) of the FOIA as
disclosure would prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs. 

 

Disclosure would undermine the scope for future free and frank exchanges
of views and the scope for public authorities to cooperate together with
candour. Were disclosure considered likely in such circumstances, the
quality of advice and decision making would suffer.  Further work
involving cooperation between the relevant schools and KCC is envisaged
and required in relation to the creation of additional places. 

 

KCC recognises the public interest in disclosure of the requested
material. Given the continuing work on this project, the public interest
in ensuring that cooperation and decision making is as effective as
possible and the belief that disclosure would seriously undermine this,
KCC’s opinion is that the public interest in maintaining the exemption is
currently greater than the public interest in disclosure. KCC will monitor
its application of this exemption and when circumstances change such that
effective dialogue and decision making would not be undermined by
disclosure, further disclosure will be made.

 

In addition, extensive consultation will be undertaken on any finalised
proposals. This means that much of the information about the use of the
site for either boys selective provision or all ability secondary
provision is also exempt from disclosure under section 22 of the FOIA as
extensive detail is intended for future publication and will be made
public as part of the forthcoming public consultation on any additional
provision.  Details of the current consultation can be found here:

[1]https://consultations.kent.gov.uk/consul...

 

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[2]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/have...
 on our website. Please quote reference FOI/17/2014.

 

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website [3]http://www.ico.org.uk/concerns.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Kirsty-Leigh Robertson| Information Access Officer  | Information
Resilience & Transparency Team | Room 2.87, Sessions House, Maidstone |
Tel 03000 418301 | Fax 03000 420303 |
[4]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...

 

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Dear Kent County Council,

Thank you for the response. My request for information was in two parts. You answered the point on documents relating to discussions about secondary school provision. I would be glad of a reply to my question on budget. The question was:

1) How much has been spent by KCC on provision of a boys grammar school 'annexe' at the former Wilderness site in Sevenoaks?

This relates to council budget lines spent on the Wilderness school site. You stated in a previous FOI reference FOI/16/0563 an answer to a question, 'how much budget has been earmarked
or estimated for the expansion of the Weald of Kent satellite expansion?' With this reply :

The Budget Book 2016-17 as approved by Kent County Council on 11 Feb 2016
sets out the required information, on Line 11 of the Table on Page 27.

This shows that the total scheme cost will be £19.1m - £3.323m has been
spent already with a further £15.777m to be spent - being funded by
Capital Receipts.

I am looking for a similar answer on the budget spent on boys provision on this site. Or is this included in the cost listed here in Budget Book 2016-17, or in a later budget book?

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Joanne Bartley

Kent County Council

Dear Ms Bartley,

 

Please accept my sincere apologies for missing this question, please see
below our response to this question.

 

 1. How much has been spent by KCC on provision of a boys grammar school
'annexe' at the former Wilderness site in Sevenoaks.

The Grammar Annex building was built and fitted out for the 3 Forms of
Entry of girls,  with sufficient space as the student number grow year on
year.  However, to comply with planning requirements for the new building
a small area of additional building was constructed.  This part of the
building was built in a Shell & Core condition, with no fittings,
furniture or internal walls.  This space could be used by the Boys Grammar
Annexe in due course, or another use if required.

The value of works for this area of the building amounts to £2.35million
and equates to 1260 sq metres of space.

 

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

Kind regards

 

Kirsty-Leigh Robertson| Information Access Officer  | Information
Resilience & Transparency Team | Room 2.87, Sessions House, Maidstone |
Tel 03000 418301 | Fax 03000 420303 |
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...

 

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