Correspondence with the Education Funding Agency regarding a proposed Free School in Tokers Green

L Pemble made this Freedom of Information request to Oxfordshire County Council

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Dear Oxfordshire County Council,

I would like to have details of any correspondence you have had in your role as Local Education Authority with the Education Funding Agency, regarding The Heights Free School, Caversham, Reading, and a proposal to site it in the parish of Kidmore End, South Oxfordshire, at the junction of Tokers Green Lane and Shepherds Lane. The post code of the site is RG4 9EU. I would also like to see any responses or unsolicited observations which you have made to the EFA concerning The Heights Free School. I am interested in the period from January 2014 to date.

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,
L Pemble

Joint Commissioning FOI, Oxfordshire County Council

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Our reference:  8517 FOI

 

Dear L Pemble

 

Thank you for your request of 7^th July in which you asked for details of
our correspondence with the Education Funding Agency concerning The
Heights Free Schools.

 

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I have a similar request and SODC are not responding. They are supposed to respond within 28 days but keep asking for more information and resetting the clock. Incompetence or subterfuge at work?

Joint Commissioning FOI, Oxfordshire County Council

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Our reference: 8517 FOI

 

Dear L Pemble,

 

Thank you for your request of 7th July in which you asked for details of
our correspondence with the Education Funding Agency concerning The
Heights Free Schools.

Attached as electronic files are

 

 1. Letter from DfE inviting Council comments on proposed Free School
December 2013. 
 2. Response from Director for Childrens Services (DCS) dated February
2014. 
 3. E-mail from DfE apologising for non-delivery of December letter in
January 2014. 
 4. E-mail from DfE in response to questions in letter from DCS February
2014
 5. E-mail trail with EFA about next steps in consultation on permanent
site May - June 2015
 6. Letter from DfE inviting comments on outcomes of public consultation
on permanent site for Free School July 2015
 7. Response to item 6. From DCS.  (Letter in main pdf file and
attachments to that letter are separate files). 

 

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1.         That disclosure would breach any of the data protection
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1.         Disclosure may lead to the data subject(s) receiving unwanted
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