Information on hire of school premises

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Dear Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School,

Please can you provide me with a year by year breakdown for the last 4 years, including this year to date, of the following information:

1. The number of times during each year that the school hall and/or other school premises were hired out;

2. The income per year generated for each school venue hired out including the name of the venue;

3. The cost per hire for each type of event (e.g. wedding, charity dinner etc.) including overtime charges, if any.

4. Each case where all or part of the school premises were used by an outside body at a significantly reduced or no charge. Please include the nature of the event and if significantly reduced please state the amount charged.

Yours faithfully,

P Johnson

Dear Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School,

On 11 September I made a request regarding the hire of school premises at your school. By law you should normally have responded by 9 October 2012.

Please can you let me have a response or tell me when I can expect a response.

Yours faithfully,

P Johnson

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

Our server logs show we got a response which appears positive saying the request had been received and accepted for delivery by the school's email server on the 11th of September.

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Richard - WhatDoTheyKnow.com volunteer

Admin Mailbox, Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School

Dear P Johnson

We apologise for not replying earlier but this was due to the school being closed for the annual Jewish holidays.
Having now considered the request we suspect that this submission is made under a pseudonym, and as such we will not be responding to the request.

Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School

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Dear Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School's handling of my FOI request 'Information on hire of school premises'.

You state that you "suspect that a pseudonym has been used" and will therefore not be responding to my request.

The guidelines by the Information Commissioner state that "the default position of a public authority should be to accept the name provided by the applicant unless there is good reason to enquire further about the applicant’s name".

The guidelines go further in stating "Even when an obvious pseudonym has been used, as good practice a public authority should still consider the request even though technically it can be regarded as invalid."

http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/l...

Please can you review your decision not to provide the information I requested. If you continue to refuse to deal with my request please inform me of your reasons for not following "good practice".

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

Yours faithfully,

P Johnson

Admin Mailbox, Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School

Dear Mr Johnson/Cross

We have reviewed our response to your FOI request. We have concluded that
our decision not to treat your request as valid was correct. However, we
have decided that we will answer your Freedom of Information request on a
voluntary basis. Please find the requested information below:

Please can you provide me with a year by year breakdown for 2009,

2010, 2011 and 2012 to date of the following information:

1. The number of times during each year that the school hall and/or

other school premises were hired out;

2009: 88 bookings

2010: 106 bookings

2011: 86 bookings

2012: 101 bookings

2. The income per year generated for each school venue hired out

including the name of the venue;

School Hall

2009: 65, 250

2010: 77, 250

2011: 63, 000

2012: 75, 750

3. The cost per hire for each type of event (e.g. wedding, charity

dinner etc.) including overtime charges, if any.

£750. Every letting is at a fixed rate whatever the type of function.

4. Each case where all or part of the school premises were used by

an outside body at a significantly reduced charge or free of

charge. Please include the nature of the event and if significantly

reduced please state the amount charged.

2009: Yesodey Hatorah School (the independent school) - 1 free of charge

2010: Yesodey Hatorah School (the independent school) - 3 free of charge

2011: Yesodey Hatorah School (the independent school)- 2 free of charge

2012: Yesodey Hatorah School (the independent school)- 2 free of charge

PAL Phone and Learn- Lecture - 1 free of charge, (This was a contra to a
free lecture to our staff)

Dear Admin Mailbox,

Thank you for your reply.

It appears that for 2012 you have either not added the 2 free events to the total number of hires or you have not deducted the amount it would otherwise have cost from the total revenue. Please clarify.

Yours sincerely,

P Johnson

PS For the record, I am not Mr Cross.

Admin Mailbox, Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School

Please see amended number of bookings. The 3 free events were not included in the original total.

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