Parrs Wood High School Governing body minutes 2016 & 2017

Douglas Hines made this Freedom of Information request to Parrs Wood High School, Manchester

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Dear Parrs Wood High School, Manchester,

Could you please supply digital copies of Parrs Wood's minutes of your governing body meetings from 1st January 2015 to today's date?

The minutes of your meetings are to cover the periods whilst being in the maintained sector and from the point you became an Academy.

Could you also please supply a copy of your publication scheme approved by the ICO and a listing of your meeting dates for the 2017-2018 academic year?

Yours faithfully,

Douglas Hines

Dear Parrs Wood High School, Manchester,

May I please chase up this request with you?

I have only requested published public documents that will be residing in digital form at the school and you should have supplied them promptly by now. Can you now do so without any further delay please?

Yours faithfully,

Douglas Hines

Dear Parrs Wood High School, Manchester,

I called the Information Commissioners Office today for advice regarding my request to you, that was made on the 23rd July 2017, with a follow up reminder on the 14th September 2017.

They have informed me that you have breached section 10 of the legislation (time to supply) and section 1 (right to be informed).

I would also comment that apart from breaking the law, I find it highly unprofessional for a public body such as a school, to ignore completely without even an acknowledgement, a valid request for information.

In addition to your obligations under the Freedom of Information Act you have duty to supply your minutes etc. for public consumption by Educational Legislation. I note that you do not even publicise them on your website as I understand schools should do so.

I now request that the information asked for is supplied without any further delay.

Yours faithfully,

Douglas Hines

Dear Parrs Wood High School, Manchester,

It is clear to me that Parrs Wood High School are blatantly breaking the law in not supplying the information that I have requested.

I have therefore made a complaint to the Information Commissioner about your conduct and failure to observe the FOIA legislation!

Yours faithfully,

Douglas Hines

Dear Parrs Wood High School, Manchester,

I note on the 19th October 2017, the Information Commissioner has upheld my complaint about Parrs Wood High School breaching the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and has made a decision notice (DN) against you which will be published on their web site shortly.

As the decision notice stipulates that you must now comply with section 1 (1) of the act, I look forward finally to receiving the information that I have requested.
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Reference: FS50703829
Freedom of Information Act 2OOO (FOIA) Decision notice
Date: 19 October 2O17

Information Commissioner’s Office.

Public Authority: Parrs Wood High School Wilmslow Road East Didsbury Manchester M2O 5PG

Decision (including any steps ordered)

1. The complainant has requested particular meeting minutes, dates and information about its publication scheme from Parrs Wood High School ('the School').
2. The Commissioner's decision is that the School has breached section 10(1) of the FOIA as it has not provided a response to the request within 20 working days.
3. The Commissioner requires the public authority to take the following step to ensure compliance with the legislation: Provide the complainant with a response to his request of 23 July 20L7 that complies with section 1(1) of the FOIA.
4. The public authority must take these steps within 35 calendar days of the date of this decision notice. Failure to comply may result in the Commissioner making written certification of this fact to the High Court pursuant to section 54 of the Act and may be dealt with as a contempt of court.
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Yours faithfully,

Douglas Hines

Dear Parrs Wood High School, Manchester,

I remain very surprised that you have not as yet despite the Information Commissioner's Decision Notice FS50703829 (that will be published next week), provided the information that I have requested, which is recorded information residing in school and could as the act requires have been sent promptly.

As it may not have been clear from my request made to you on 23rd July 2017, I require the minutes of your board meetings for the management of Parrs Wood High school in the period requested.

Your school is a single school in a MAT (Multi Academy Trust). If sets of minutes exist for instance for the financial management of the school rather than simply those minutes recorded by the LGB (Local Governing Board) then they form part of the request and may have been produced and recorded by Greater Manchester Learning Trust and shared with the LGB.

Yours faithfully,

Douglas Hines

Dear Parrs Wood High School, Manchester,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Parrs Wood High School, Manchester's handling of my FOI request 'Parrs Wood High School Governing body minutes 2016 & 2017' for Parrs Wood High School.

As requested on the 23rd July 2017 and the reminder dated 9th November 2017 and as per the Decision Notice from the Information Commissioner, please supply the information requested to me at this website. As a reminder to Parrs Wood High School having taken advice from the ICO, they correctly consider the @whatdotheyknow.com email address provided to authorities when requests are made through the site to be a valid contact address for the purposes of Section 8(1)(b)'. Therefore please supply the information here as requested.

The ICO have advised me that if you do not respond within 20 working days or more importantly promptly, to make a further complaint about the school not responding to this website request.

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

Yours faithfully,

Douglas Hines

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The Information Commissioner has issued a decision notice in respect of this request. It is notice ref. FS50703829 and it requires the School to provide a response to the request within 35 calendar days of the date of the notice – by Thursday 23 November.

https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-tak...

Anthony Cumbor, Parrs Wood High School, Manchester

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    Parrs Wood GB minutes 2015 present.zip

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Dear Anthony Cumbor,

Thank you for your first response to my request for information made on the 27th July 2017, which must go down in the annals of the Freedom of Information Act as the tersest ever on record and does not follow the protocols expected within the act of how to respond and breaches section 16.

An apology would not have gone amiss as you have taken five and a half months to respond instead of the 20 school working days allowed and you have ignored the Information Commissioners Decision Notice to respond within 35 days, which left you in contempt of court as the notice outlined.

Now that you have finally responded, can I please reiterate my original request which follows below and ask that you comply fully rather than in part. The copies of minutes that you have finally posted relate to the period 31.03.16 to 22.06.17. My request relates to January 1st, 2015 to 23rd July 2017. Please supply the missing sets of minutes and please confirm that the sets of minutes supplied so far cover all meetings held?

In addition, you have failed to supply as requested a copy of your publication scheme at the time of the request and dates of your meetings through the 2017/2018 academic year. Please now do so without any further delay.

Yours sincerely,

Doug Hines.

Douglas Hines 23 July 2017
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Dear Parrs Wood High School, Manchester,
Could you please supply digital copies of Parrs Wood's minutes of your governing body meetings from 1st January 2015 to today's date?
The minutes of your meetings are to cover the periods whilst being in the maintained sector and from the point you became an Academy.
Could you also please supply a copy of your publication scheme approved by the ICO and a listing of your meeting dates for the 2017-2018 academic year?
Yours faithfully,
Douglas Hines

Yours sincerely,

Douglas Hines

A Cumbor, Parrs Wood High School, Manchester

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Thank you for your message.

I have passed it on to the Headteacher who will respond officially.

Please find attached the schedule of the upcoming meetings.

A Cumbor, Parrs Wood High School, Manchester

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    Parrs Wood GB minutes 2015.zip

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Please find attached the 2015 minutes