Plans for administration of the Weald of Kent grammar school using an annexe in Sevenoaks

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Dear Kent County Council,

I would like to make a Freedom of Information request for information regarding the administration of the Weald of Kent grammar school annexe in Sevenoaks, specifically documentation detailing the proposed operation of the school using two sites. I believe that such a proposal must have been prepared by the school to detail how the plan is viable, and that the council must have received this in order to seek approval for this unusual divide in distance between school buildings.

I would expect to see plans for transport between the two sites, staffing arrangements, number of pupils travelling between buildings to make use of school facilities, and other details designed to make this a workable arrangement. If financial or other details can not be provided please send the documents with confidential sections obscured.

Yours faithfully,

Joanne Bartley

Kent County Council

Dear Ms Bartley

 

Thank you for your email below.

 

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 10th February 2016 (20 working days from date of receipt).

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/16/0064 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

 

Best regards

 

Kirsty-Leigh Robertson| Information Access Officer | Information
Resilience & Transparency Team | Room 2.71, Sessions House, Maidstone |
Phone 03000 418301 | Fax 03000 420303 |
[1]http://knet/ourcouncil/Pages/information... |

 

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Dear Ms Bartley

 

Thank you for your request for information. You asked for information
about the plans for administration of the Weald of Kent grammar school
using an annexe in Sevenoaks. Please accept my sincere apologies for the
slight delay in responding to you. I appreciate that KCC has failed to
comply with statutory timescales on this occasion.

 

I can confirm that Kent County Council does hold information falling
within the scope of your request and I am pleased to provide the attached
information in response to your request.

 

KCC does hold further information relating to plans for transport between
the two site, staffing arrangements, number of pupils travelling to make
use of facilities, other details to make the arrangement workable and
administration of the annexe. However, having sought the opinion of KCC’s
qualified person (KCC’s monitoring officer), KCC’s view is that the
information in further records held is exempt from disclosure under
section 36(2) of the FOIA as disclosure would prejudice the effective
conduct of public affairs.

 

Disclosure would undermine the scope for future free and frank exchanges
of views and the scope for public authorities to cooperate together with
candour. Were disclosure considered likely in such circumstances, the
quality of advice and decision making would suffer.  Further work
involving cooperation between the School, KCC and the Department for
Education is envisaged and required in relation to the creation of the
Grammar school annexe. A safe space in order to develop ideas, debate live
issues and reach decisions away from external interference and
distractions is needed and promotes effective decision making and
discharge of the obligations on KCC. Challenging discussions about areas
set out in the current plans where further detailed work on delivery is
required would be undermined by disclosure of the requested information at
this stage.

 

KCC recognises the public interest in disclosure of the requested
material. Given the continuing work on this project, the public interest
in ensuring that cooperation and decision making is as effective as
possible and the belief that disclosure would seriously undermine this,
KCC’s opinion is that the public interest in maintaining the exemption is
currently greater than the public interest in disclosure. KCC will monitor
its application of this exemption and when circumstances change such that
effective dialogue and decision making would not be undermined by
disclosure, further disclosure will be made.

 

Further information which may be relevant to your request is available at
this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
Please see the Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent
2015-2015.

 

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[2]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
 on our website. Please quote reference FOI/16/0064.

 

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website [3]http://ico.org.uk/concerns

 

Yours sincerely

 

Caroline Dodge | Team Leader | Information Resilience & Transparency Team
| Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House, Maidstone, ME14
1XQ | Phone 03000 416033 | Fax 03000 420303 | 
[4]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
|

 

 

 

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Dear Kent County Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Kent County Council's handling of my FOI request 'Plans for administration of the Weald of Kent grammar school using an annexe in Sevenoaks'.

We feel that there is public interest in disclosure of the requested material at this stage.

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,

Joanne Bartley

Kent County Council

Dear Ms Bartley

Thank you for your email. Please accept my apologies for the delay in acknowledging receipt.

I am sorry you are unhappy with KCC’s response to your request for information, specifically the use of the prejudicial to the conduct of public affairs exemption under section 36 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to withhold information about the Weald of Kent Grammar annexe

An independent officer who was not involved with your original request will investigate your complaint and review our original response on behalf of the Head of Paid Service. Their reply will be forthcoming within 20 working days from receipt (by 17th June 2016)

Best regards

Caroline Dodge | Team Leader | Information Resilience & Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | Phone 03000 416033 | Fax 03000 420303 | http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council... |

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Dear Ms Bartley

Further to my email below, I am notifying you that the independent officer assigned to conduct your review requires extra time to complete and conclude his investigations. I understand that you will have a response no later than 30th June 2016.

I thank you for your patience in this matter and please accept my apologies for any inconvenience.

Best regards

Caroline Dodge | Team Leader | Information Resilience & Transparency Team | Room 2.71, Sessions House, Maidstone | Phone 03000 416033 | Fax 03000 420303 | http://knet/ourcouncil/Pages/information... |

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Dear Ms Bartley

Thank you for your email requesting a review of the Qualified Person’s (Mr Wild’s) decision that section 36(2)(c) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 should apply to your request for plans for administration of the Weald of Kent grammar school using an annexe in Sevenoaks.

On behalf of the Head of Paid Service, a retired solicitor considered your letter and invited the Qualified Person to reconsider his decision and provided him with a copy of your email as part of his deliberations. The Qualified Person has decided that section 36(2)(c) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 should continue to apply to the withheld documents.

The retired solicitor read the proposal and considered the Qualified Person’s decision. In the light of what he has read, he concluded that the Qualified Person’s decision is a reasonable decision and accordingly he could not recommend that the Qualified Person’s original decision be amended or overturned.

I hope this addresses your concerns. If not, you are entitled to appeal to the Information Commissioner: https://ico.org.uk/concerns/.

Best regards

Caroline Dodge | Team Leader | Information Resilience & Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | Phone 03000 416033 | Fax 03000 420303 | http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council... |

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