Dear Department for Education,
With reference to a Freedom of Information request made by Nolly Aicha Bouameur on 29 July 2015 (correspondence reference number 2015-0035572) and responded to by Graham Devonshire, I am writing to request a similar but updated list of UK SEN schools. I would like this to only include independent special schools and non-maintained special schools, rather than mainstream schools with SEN departments. The dataset should include details of:
Name of school
School contact number and email address
Headteacher's name and contact details (phone and email address)
Proprietor/legal entity company name
Number of pupils, by gender
ID numbers (e.g. URN)
Latest Ofsted report/rating
Many thanks in advance.
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Thank you for your request for information received on 05 January 2021.
“With reference to a Freedom of Information request made by Nolly Aicha
Bouameur on 29 July 2015 (correspondence reference number 2015-0035572)
and responded to by Graham Devonshire, I am writing to request a similar
but updated list of UK SEN schools. I would like this to only include
independent special schools and non-maintained special schools, rather
than mainstream schools with SEN departments. The dataset should include
Name of school
School contact number and email address
Headteacher's name and contact details (phone and email address) Website
Funding status Proprietor/legal entity company name Number of pupils, by
gender School capacity Age range ID numbers (e.g. URN) Latest Ofsted
We have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
A csv file containing data from the Get Information about Schools (GIAS)
website as at 29 January 2021 is enclosed. The file contains a list of
independent special schools and non-maintained special schools in England.
We are withholding the email address of the head teacher under section
40(2) (personal data), this is because the information in question
includes 3rd party personal data. Personal data is that which relates to
a living individual who can be identified from that data, or from that
data and other information which is likely to be in, or to come into, the
possession of the requestor. Disclosure of this information would
contravene a number of the data protection principles in the Data
Protection Act 1998, and would be regarded as ‘unfair’. By that, we mean
the likely expectations of the data subject that his or her information
would not be disclosed to others and the effect which disclosure would
have on the data subject. Section 40(2) is an absolute exemption and is
not subject to the public interest test.
We have supplied you with the school email address where available.
Further information on the terms used within this extract can be found in
the GIAS glossary: www.get-information-schools.service.gov.uk/glossary
School level pupil numbers are available in the underlying data section of
the publication “Schools, pupils and their characteristics”; the current
edition can be found on the GOV.UK website here:
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services in England. The department does not hold information for
educational establishments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This
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