Freedom of Information request regarding satellite school

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Dear Barton Court Grammar School,

I would like to make a Freedom of Information request regarding your application for SSEF funding to build a satellite grammar school in Whitstable or Herne Bay. Please send me the following information:

1) The submission sent to the DfE when your school applied for the Selective School Expansion Fund. If there is financial information which might be commercially sensitive please obscure this and send the remaining documentation.

2) All documents relating to the formulation of that submission including minutes of meetings, emails, letters, memos, power point (or similar) presentations or attachments or annexes to such documents including, in particular, all documents which consider, evaluate or explain the intended operational and governance arrangements for the satellite including the arrangements for pupils, staff, policies, premises and finance.

3) Full details of discussions with the Weald of Kent grammar school, Kent County Council, or the DfE, regarding requirements as detailed in ‘Making significant changes to an open academy’ for a trust expanding onto an additional site to prove whether the new provision is genuinely a change to an existing school or is, in effect, a new school. Please, in particular, provide copies of all documents including emails, letters, notes, attendance notes, power point (or similar) presentations or attachments or annexes to such documents which comprise, relate to, or evidence such discussions.

Thank you for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Joanne Bartley

R Light, Barton Court Grammar School

Dear Ms Bartley

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received below.

Whilst we are happy to supply the information requested, we are wondering if it might be prudent to wait until after the General Election. It will of course take time and likely a considerable amount of work to pull this information together for you which may, in the end, be pointless.

Alternatively would you like a telephone conversation with the EHT to explain the current situation?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards

Mrs R Light
Personnel/PA to HT/EHT
Barton Court Academy Trust
01227 4646600
www.bartoncourt.org

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Dear Mrs Light,

Sorry for the delay replying, I have only just noticed this message. I agree it is best to wait until after the election. However if it is likely the SSEF will continue we would like to see the information as soon as reasonably possible, unless circumstances had changed and the school was withdrawing its bid with no further plans for a satellite.

I quite understand that fulfilling requests like this does take time, and I appreciate your help if there is a need to produce it.

Yours sincerely,

Joanne Bartley

R Light, Barton Court Grammar School

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    Expansion Fund Application Barton Court Grammar School FOI.zip

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    FOI Request LETTER to Joanna Bartley 16.12.2019.pdf

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Dear Ms Bartley

Please find attached a letter from the EHT together with the information you have requested. Several emails will follow this with more attachments.

Kind regards

Mrs R Light
Personnel/PA to HT/EHT
Barton Court Academy Trust
01227 4646600
www.bartoncourt.org

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R Light, Barton Court Grammar School

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Mrs R Light
Personnel/PA to HT/EHT
Barton Court Academy Trust
01227 4646600
www.bartoncourt.org

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R Light, Barton Court Grammar School

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Mrs R Light
Personnel/PA to HT/EHT
Barton Court Academy Trust
01227 4646600
www.bartoncourt.org

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R Light, Barton Court Grammar School

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Mrs R Light
Personnel/PA to HT/EHT
Barton Court Academy Trust
01227 4646600
www.bartoncourt.org

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R Light, Barton Court Grammar School

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Mrs R Light
Personnel/PA to HT/EHT
Barton Court Academy Trust
01227 4646600
www.bartoncourt.org

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R Light, Barton Court Grammar School

10 Attachments

Mrs R Light
Personnel/PA to HT/EHT
Barton Court Academy Trust
01227 4646600
www.bartoncourt.org

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R Light, Barton Court Grammar School

8 Attachments

Mrs R Light
Personnel/PA to HT/EHT
Barton Court Academy Trust
01227 4646600
www.bartoncourt.org

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R Light, Barton Court Grammar School

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Dear Ms Bartley

Please find attached further reference to the satellite grammar school in BCAT Director and BCGS Local Governing Body minutes.

Attached are 3 sets of confidential minutes (redacted) that are not available to view on our website.

The satellite expansion is also referenced in BCAT minutes, which are available to view in our BCAT Trust website, in the Finance Minutes section:
http://www.bartoncourtacademytrust.org/4...

Finance Meeting of 24.9.19 Section 5
Finance Meeting 17.6.19 Section 7

We apologise for the delay but the Clerk has been away. More details about individual consultation responses will be sent later today/tomorrow now the Clerk is back at work

Kind regards

Kirstin Cardus

Mrs R Light
Personnel/PA to HT/EHT
Barton Court Academy Trust
01227 4646600
www.bartoncourt.org

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Dear R Light,

Thank you very much for sending the information. I will review this and let you know if I have any questions.
I appreciate your help.

Yours sincerely,

Joanne Bartley