Names of all academies changing sponsors or chains for whatever reason

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Dear Department for Education,

On 20 July you responded to my Freedom of Information request submitted 21 June 2015 asking for the names of the 69 academies referred to by Schools Minister Nick Gibb in Parliament on 15 June.

You said the minister was only referring to academies which changed hands because of 'underperformance issues' and the number had increased to 75. Academies which changed hands for reasons other than underperformance were not included.

The majority of the 75 academies listed were not sent pre-warning letters as might be expected. And many changed hands for reasons other than underperformance as I explain here: http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/20...

You admit that more academies had changed hands than were included in the list. I should be grateful, then, if you would issue the following information for the public record:

1 The names of all academies which have ever changed hands including those which changed hands before 2010.
2 Whether these academies were sponsored, converters, free schools, studio schools or UTCs.
3 The name(s) of old sponsor(s) and new ones. I note that in rare cases, eg Unity City Academy, academies have changed hands more than once and may even have had a period without a sponsor (in Unity City's case, this was 14 months according to Ofsted).
4 The date the academy was set up and the date of transfer.
5 Any change of name.

I look forward to hearing from you within 28 days.

Yours faithfully,

J Downs

Department for Education

Dear J Downs

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 2015-0035292.

Thank you

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

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Department for Education

Dear Ms Downs,

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 27 July 2015. I am sorry for the delay in responding. You requested:

“1 The names of all academies which have ever changed hands including those which changed hands before 2010.
2 Whether these academies were sponsored, converters, free schools, studio schools or UTCs.
3 The name(s) of old sponsor(s) and new ones. I note that in rare cases, eg Unity City Academy, academies have changed hands more than once and may even have had a period without a sponsor (in Unity City's case, this was 14 months according to Ofsted).
4 The date the academy was set up and the date of transfer.
5 Any change of name.”

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

A copy of the information is enclosed. The list contains academies, free schools, studio schools and university technical colleges that have either moved from or to an approved lead sponsor and includes the further details you have requested.

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by copyright. You are free to use it for your own purposes, including for private study and non-commercial research, and for any other purpose authorised by an exception in current copyright law. Documents (except photographs) can be also used in the UK without requiring permission for the purposes of news reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial publication, would require the permission of the copyright holder.

Most documents produced by a government department or agency will be protected by Crown Copyright. Most Crown copyright information can be re-used under the Open Government Licence (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/o...). For information about the OGL and about re-using Crown Copyright information please see The National Archives website -http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/infor... .

Copyright in other documents may rest with a third party. For information about obtaining permission from a third party see the Intellectual Property Office’s website at www.ipo.gov.uk<http://www.ipo.gov.uk>.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should make a complaint to the Department by writing to me within two calendar months of the date of this letter. Your complaint will be considered by an independent review panel, who were not involved in the original consideration of your request.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the Department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Yours,
Chloe Paraskeva

Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BT
[email address]<mailto:[email address]>
02073407418

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Dear Department for Education,

Thank you for your reply to my FoI request ref 2015-0035292 requesting names of all academies which have changed hands at any time with names of sponsors, dates etc.

You say you have dealt with the query and enclosed a list. Unfortunately, the list seems to be missing. There are three links to information about copyright but no other links. I should be grateful if you could send the list by return as the deadline for dealing with my response is fast approaching.

Yours faithfully,

J Downs

Department for Education

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Dear Ms Downs,

Please accept our apologies and find attached the list as requested. I have included the original response below for your reference.

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 27 July 2015. I am sorry for the delay in responding. You requested:

“1 The names of all academies which have ever changed hands including those which changed hands before 2010.

2 Whether these academies were sponsored, converters, free schools, studio schools or UTCs.

3 The name(s) of old sponsor(s) and new ones. I note that in rare cases, eg Unity City Academy, academies have changed hands more than once and may even have had a period without a sponsor (in Unity City's case, this was 14 months according to Ofsted).

4 The date the academy was set up and the date of transfer.

5 Any change of name.”

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

A copy of the information is enclosed. The list contains academies, free schools, studio schools and university technical colleges that have either moved from or to an approved lead sponsor and includes the further details you have requested.

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by copyright. You are free to use it for your own purposes, including for private study and non-commercial research, and for any other purpose authorised by an exception in current copyright law. Documents (except photographs) can be also used in the UK without requiring permission for the purposes of news reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial publication, would require the permission of the copyright holder.

Most documents produced by a government department or agency will be protected by Crown Copyright. Most Crown copyright information can be re-used under the Open Government Licence (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/o...). For information about the OGL and about re-using Crown Copyright information please see The National Archives website -http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/infor... .

Copyright in other documents may rest with a third party. For information about obtaining permission from a third party see the Intellectual Property Office’s website at www.ipo.gov.uk<http://www.ipo.gov.uk>.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should make a complaint to the Department by writing to me within two calendar months of the date of this letter. Your complaint will be considered by an independent review panel, who were not involved in the original consideration of your request.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the Department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Yours,

Chloe Paraskeva

Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BT

02073407418

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Dear Department for Education,

Thank you for your second reply to my FoI request 2015-0035292. This time you included the attachments which were missing from your first reply.

Unfortunately, the links do not work. I receive error messages when I click on 'Download' or 'View in HTML'. I can see very little of the spreadsheet behind the error messages but it does appear to be empty.

I should be grateful if you could provide a working link to a completed spreadsheet. The deadline for your response has now passed and I still do not have the requested information.

I expect to hear from you by Friday 28 August 2015 with the requested information. If I do not receive it by then I will request an Internal Review of the way this request has been handled.

Yours faithfully,

J Downs

Department for Education

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Dear Ms Downs,

 

I am sorry that you have had issues in opening this file. In order to try
and ensure that you receive the data I have saved the file as a CSV. If
you have any problems accessing the file please get in touch with either
me or my team at [1][email address] and I will try and
resolve the issue.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Anthony Combe

AOS

 

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| Data Team | Academies Operations & Strategy | Academies Group |
Department for Education | 3rd Floor, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith
Street, London, SW1P 3BT | Tel: 02073 407042 | Ext: 307042 |
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Dear Department for Education,

Thank you. I now have the requested information.

Yours faithfully,

J Downs

John Winstanley left an annotation ()

The data provided in this FOI has been used in this post ->
http://winstanleyjohn.tumblr.com/post/12...

J Downs left an annotation ()

I have written about the data here. http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/20... I'd like to thank John above for crunching the numbers. /

James Coombs left an annotation ()

I also find it very difficult tracking schools. Each time they change status they change URN! There is a very useful dataset available here http://www.education.gov.uk/edubase/edub... which may help anyone trying to figure out what is going on. (try matching by postcode)

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