Everton Free School

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Dear Department for Education,

Please could you tell me the amount of Government grants to the Everton Free School 2014 and 2015.

How is this justified given that there are only 130 pupils and two thirds of them are not Alternative Provision but are in the 'open' sixth form?

Yours faithfully,

Richard Knights

Department for Education

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Dear Mr Knights

 

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as
possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence
received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you
are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your
correspondence has been allocated reference number 2015-0046399

 

Thank you

 

Department for Education

Ministerial and Public Communications Division

Tel: 0370 000 2288

 

 

 

Dear Department for Education,

 

Please could you tell me the amount of Government grants to the Everton
Free School 2014 and 2015.

 

How is this justified given that there are only 130 pupils and two thirds
of them are not Alternative Provision but are in the 'open' sixth form?

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Richard Knights

 

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Dear Mr Knights,

I refer to your request for information, which was received on 13 October
2015.

You requested:

·         Please could you tell me the amount of Government grants to the
Everton Free School 2014 and 2015.  How is this justified given that there
are only 130 pupils and two thirds of them are not Alternative Provision
but are in the 'open' sixth form?

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(“the Act”).

A copy of the information which can be disclosed is contained in the table
below:

 

Everton Free School 14/15 and 15/16 Grant Funding
Financial Year 14/15 Pupil Premium £               12,155.00
Financial Year 15/16 Pupil Premium £                 3,740.00
Total Pupil Premium (14/15 & 15/16) £               15,895.00

The amount of other revenue funding is being withheld because the
exemption under Section 21of the Act applies. Under section 21 of the Act,
the Department is not required to provide information in response to a
request if it is already reasonably accessible to you. Information about
other revenue funding allocated to Everton Free School can be found at the
following links on [1]www.gov.uk:

·         Schools block funding allocated in 2014/15 (pre-16 funding): 
[2]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

·         Schools block funding allocated in 2015/16 (pre-16 funding): 
[3]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

·         16-19 allocation data 2014/15 (post-16 funding):
[4]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

·         16-19 allocation data 2015/16 (post-16 funding):
[5]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

·         Post Opening Grant data can be found here:
[6]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

Alternative provision is, by its nature, more expensive than mainstream
schooling because it is dealing with small numbers of pupils who are often
in difficult circumstances.  This is exacerbated by the fact that the
number of pupils reflects the number registered at the provider on school
census day.  Most pupils using alternative provision do so for short
periods and remain registered to their main school.  On a per pupil basis,
therefore, their funding can appear very high.  We see a similar picture
in the maintained sector as in academies and free schools. 

New free schools, including alternative provision, also attract some
additional funding, known as Post Opening Grant, to help with the higher
costs associated with running a new school in the early years as they
build up pupil numbers. 

The amount of capital funding provided for the Everton Free School project
is also being withheld because the exemption under section 22 of the Act
applies. Section 22 provides for information to be exempt from disclosure
where the information is held by the Department with a view to its
publication by the Department or any other person at some future date. 
Information about the capital cost of the Everton Free School project was
so held at the time your request was made, and it is reasonable in the
circumstances that the information should be withheld until that date. 

 

Section 22 of the Act is a qualified exemption which means that a public
interest test needs to be carried out, and in doing so the following
factors have been considered:

 

o It is acknowledged that there is a general public interest in
disclosure because of the need for there to be open and transparent
government and that the sharing of information with the public should
be free and open. 
o However, the public interest in permitting the Government to publish
information in a manner and at a time of its own choosing is also
important.  It is part of the effective conduct of public affairs that
the general publication of information is a conveniently planned and
managed activity within the reasonable control of the public
authority. 
o The information you requested is scheduled to be published on the
Department’s website.
o It is not reasonable for the Government to be expected to release
piecemeal information in advance of its planned timetable and planned
publication, and there is a strong argument in favour of allowing
everyone to view this information at the same time.  

The arguments for and against release have been considered and it is our
view that the balance of public interest falls in favour of the
maintenance of this exemption in relation to the information requested. 
Information about free school capital costs is published at:
[7]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio....

 

Once information about the costs of a project is no longer commercially
sensitive, the costs are published as part of a batch when this webpage is
next updated.  It is anticipated that the costs associated with Everton
Free School will be published as part of the next update, which is
currently planned for December 2015. 

 

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Dear Department for Education,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Education's handling of my FOI request 'Everton Free School'.

The figures clearly show that for 16-19 age group there are no High needs students, how is this Alternative Provision?

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

Yours faithfully,

Richard Knights

Department for Education

Dear Mr Knights

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2015-0050785.
Thank you

Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288

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Dear Department for Education,

The figures from the Department show an average spend per pupil 14-16 year olds as £35,000. How can this be justified? SEVEN times the amount spent on the average secondary school student. Please do not reply with generalities, why is this particular school so expensive?

The 'open' sixth form is not Alternative Provision. Are there separate funding arrangements?

Yours faithfully,

Richard Knights

Dear Department for Education,
A written parliamentary answer in 2010 http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=... shows that pupils in Alternative Provision on average 67% had SEN statements. Yet the Everton Free School figure is 30%, not sure if this is statemented or not.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Knights

Dear Department for Education,

Everton Free School have one pupil with an SEN statement.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

Only four pupils moved from 14-16 provision into the sixth form.

No pupils in the sixth form have an SEN statement. Only four pupils moved from the Free School into the sixth form. FSM in the sixth form 8-10%.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

This calls into question whether it is really 'Alternative Provision'.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Knights

Dear Department for Education,
http://cdn.awsripple.com/www.evertonfree...

This is the prospectus and public consultation document - a school for 200 pupils, alternative provision, no mention of an 'open' sixth form.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Knights

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