Dear Avonmouth CE Primary School, Bristol,

I am researching the costs associated with safeguarding students in line with the Department for Education's "Keeping Children Safe In Education" guidance and the Home Office's "Prevent" legislation. I hope that you will be able to help by providing the following information:

1. Which web filtering product does the school use? (e.g. Smoothwall Secure Web Gateway, Smoothwall UTM, RM Safetynet, Lightspeed Web Filter, etc.)

2. Is your web filtering system purchased directly by the school or provided by the LEA?

3. Does your web filtering system run on a server on the school's premises, or is it hosted off-site? (In the cloud, at the LEA's data centre, etc.)

4. How much does the web filtering system cost the school and over how long a period? (e.g. £xxxx over a 3 year contract, etc. Please explicitly state whether the quoted amount is the annual cost or the total over the period.)

5. Do the costs quoted in question 4, above, include anything besides web filtering? (e.g. that cost may also include the internet connection itself, or other services, in addition to the actual filtering product.)

6. If your filtering system is hosted on the school's premises, do the costs quoted in question 4, above, include the hardware that the filtering software runs on? (When an existing filtering contract is renewed, schools can often choose not to replace the existing hardware. In that case, the answer would be "no.")

7. What speed of internet connection does the school have?

8. How many students does the school have?

9. How many staff does the school have?

10. What year did your current filtering contract begin (this helps me evaluate how the costs have changed over time for long contracts).

Thank you very much for your time.

Yours faithfully,

Electra

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quoted-printable Dear Avonmouth CE Primary School, Bristol, I am
researching the costs associated with safeguarding students in line = with
the Department for Education's "Keeping Children Safe In Education" =
guidance and the Home Office's "Prevent" legislation. I hope that you wil=
l be able to help by providing the following information: 1. Which web
filtering product does the school use? (e.g. Smoothwall Secu= re Web
Gateway, Smoothwall UTM, RM Safetynet, Lightspeed Web Filter, etc.= ) 2.
Is your web filtering system purchased directly by the school or provi=
ded by the LEA? 3. Does your web filtering system run on a server on the
school's premise= s, or is it hosted off-site? (In the cloud, at the LEA's
data centre, etc= .) 4. How much does the web filtering system cost the
school and over how lo= ng a period? (e.g. =C2=A3xxxx over a 3 year
contract, etc. Please explici= tly state whether the quoted amount is the
annual cost or the total over = the period.) 5. Do the costs quoted in
question 4, above, include anything besides web= filtering? (e.g. that
cost may also include the internet connection itse= lf, or other services,
in addition to the actual filtering product.) 6. If your filtering system
is hosted on the school's premises, do the co= sts quoted in question 4,
above, include the hardware that the filtering = software runs on? (When
an existing filtering contract is renewed, school= s can often choose not
to replace the existing hardware. In that case, th= e answer would be
"no.") 7. What speed of internet connection does the school have? 8. How
many students does the school have? 9. How many staff does the school
have? 10. What year did your current filtering contract begin (this helps
me ev= aluate how the costs have changed over time for long contracts).
Thank you very much for your time. Yours faithfully, Electra
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Dear Avonmouth CE Primary School, Bristol,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Avonmouth CE Primary School, Bristol's handling of my FOI request 'Online safety costs'.

The law requires you to respond to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act promptly and within 20 working days at the very latest. Please can you investigate why you have ignored your legal obligations and also respond to my original request for information as soon as possible.

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

Yours faithfully,

Electra

Eleanor Armstrong, Avonmouth CE Primary School, Bristol

Dear Electra,

Thank you for your email. As you will see from the history that you sent, the original email was undelivered as it was emailed to an incorrect email address, this is why we have not replied. We will reply within 20 days.

Kind regards

Ellie Armstrong
School Business Manager
Avonmouth C of E Primary School and Nursery
Catherine Street
Avonmouth
Bristol
BS11 9LG

Eleanor Armstrong, Avonmouth CE Primary School, Bristol

Dear Enoka,

 

Thank you for your request dated 3^rd November a copy of which is enclosed
below.

 

We can confirm that we have considered your request for information  in
accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), and in doing
so have identified that section 31(1)(a) (the prevention or detection of
crime) is engaged for some or all of the information that you have
requested.  Section 31(1)(a)of the FOIA confirms that:

 

31. (1)Information which is not exempt information by virtue of section 30
is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be
likely to, prejudice –

a)    the prevention or detection of crime –

 

The Public Interest in disclosing this information is outweighed by the
Public Interest in withholding the information. The matters considered in
coming to this decision are:

 

Disclose

1 The presumption of the Act is in favour of disclosure

 

Withhold

1

 if detailed information about security IT systems were placed in the
public domain it would be likely to enable individuals with malicious
intent to exploit security systems and commit crime

 

2.  Possible impact on future operational capability

 

3.  Resultant commercial prejudice (increased costs and possible legal
action)

 

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writing to the Data Protection Officer at Bristol City Council Legal
Services, The Council House, College Green, Bristol, or
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at [2]http://www.bristol.gov.uk/complaints.

 

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complain can be found at [3]http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints.aspx

 

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Dear Avonmouth CE Primary School, Bristol,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Avonmouth CE Primary School, Bristol's handling of my FOI request 'Online safety costs'.

You have declined to answer my freedom of information request because "if detailed information about security IT systems were placed in the public domain it would be likely to enable individuals with malicious intent to exploit security systems and commit crime". However, I have not requested detailed information about security IT systems.

It is completely unclear to me how knowing general information such as how much your web filtering system costs "would be likely to enable individuals with malicious intent to exploit security systems and commit crime". Please can you either answer the original request or provide a detailed explanation as to how you believe answering the request would likely allow criminal activity.

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

Yours faithfully,

Electra

Eleanor Armstrong, Avonmouth CE Primary School, Bristol

Dear Electra,

Please see below answers to your questions...

1. Which web filtering product does the school use? (e.g. Smoothwall Secure Web Gateway, Smoothwall UTM, RM Safetynet, Lightspeed Web Filter, etc.)

Bloxx

2. Is your web filtering system purchased directly by the school or provided by the LEA?

LA

3. Does your web filtering system run on a server on the school's premises, or is it hosted off-site? (In the cloud, at the LEA's data centre, etc.)

Off-site

4. How much does the web filtering system cost the school and over how long a period? (e.g. £xxxx over a 3 year contract, etc. Please explicitly state whether the quoted amount is the annual cost or the total over the period.)

Not charged as a separate item.

5. Do the costs quoted in question 4, above, include anything besides web filtering? (e.g. that cost may also include the internet connection itself, or other services, in addition to the actual filtering product.)

Not charged as a separate item.

6. If your filtering system is hosted on the school's premises, do the costs quoted in question 4, above, include the hardware that the filtering software runs on? (When an existing filtering contract is renewed, schools can often choose not to replace the existing hardware. In that case, the answer would be "no.")

n/a

7. What speed of internet connection does the school have?

100Mbps

8. How many students does the school have?

232

9. How many staff does the school have?

35

10. What year did your current filtering contract begin (this helps me evaluate how the costs have changed over time for long contracts).

2017

Kind regards
Ellie Armstrong
School Business Manager
Avonmouth C of E Primary School and Nursery
Catherine Street
Avonmouth
Bristol
BS11 9LG

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