Proposal to build a 'satellite' school using the Selective School Expansion Fund

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Dear Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Faversham,

I would like some information on your bid to build a 'satellite' school, and specifically on the responses to your consultation which ran for 4 weeks earlier this year as part of a bid for the Selective School Expansion Fund.

1) How many responses were there to the consultation? Of these responses how many were a) positive about your proposal b) negative about the proposal c) neutral.

2) How many members of the public attended your open meeting(s)?

3) In your application to the DfE for the SSEF funding did you mention any of the following?

a) The online petition criticising the 'satellite' expansion. If this was mentioned did you detail how many people had signed this petition?

b) Complaints about the consultation process ie. the length of consultation being too short, or failure to detail movement between school sites.

c) Negative comments from the headteachers or governors of local non-selective schools.

4) What prediction was made about the increase in pupil premium pupils at the school as outlined on the application form?

5) Can you send me the explanation given to the DfE regarding your Progress 8 score being below zero? Applicants for the SSEF are supposed to have above average pupil progress.

6) Have you received legal advice on using two school sites a number of miles apart?

7) Can you send me any plans or proposals the school has drafted regarding plans for pupils and/or staff to travel between the 'satellite' school and the main school building?

I have outlined here the questions that I most interested in, but if it is easier for you to respond by simply sending me a copy of the Excel application form you sent to the DfE - plus relevant supporting documents this is fine. Of course, you may redact any confidential or financial details if you choose to send me the full application form.

Thank you for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Joanne Bartley

Office Unknown, Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Faversham

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Mrs S O'Flaherty, Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Faversham

Dear Ms Bartley

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request in relation to 'proposal
to build a satellite school using Selective School Expansion Fund'. Please
find below the answers to your request in bold.
 
Yours sincerely
Siobhain O'Flaherty

Mrs S O’Flaherty

Operations Manager

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School
Abbey Place, Faversham, Kent ME13 7BQ

Tel: 01795 533132 ext 240

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Dear Mrs S O'Flaherty,

Thank you for your helpful reply. I have a follow-up question, which you can treat as a separate FOI if that helps. You mentioned that there was limited space to write about the consultation on the SSEF application form. Please could you send me the text you used in the consultation section of the application form?

If you sent the DfE any additional supporting documents about the consultation please also send me those. I'd also be interested to know if you have recent information on where the 'satellite' might be situated.

Appreciate your help.

Yours sincerely,

Joanne Bartley

Mrs S O'Flaherty, Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Faversham

Dear Ms Bartley,

The text you requested is provided below with redactions.

In answer to your question about supporting documentation, none was
submitted.

We have no update on where a satellite might be situated at this point in
time.

We received 64 responses to the consultation with 67% or respondees in
favour of the Satellite proposal Many of the objections were not
specifically about the proposed satellite, but more generally
anti-grammar. The campaign group, Comprehensive Futures were present at
both consultation events (xxx xxxxxx xxxxx xxxxxx xxxxx xxx xxxxxx x xx
xxx xx xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx, xxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxx xxxxxxxx xx xxxxx
xxxxxxxxxxx xxx xxx xxxxx xxxxx). There was some concern expressed about
poaching the best (non Grammar assessed) pupils from local high schools.
Most support was local, opposition was largely from anti-selection
campaigners nationally; an online petition gathered 330 responses, the
furthest from Casablanca!

Best wishes

Siobhain O'Flaherty

Mrs S O’Flaherty

Operations Manager

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School
Abbey Place, Faversham, Kent ME13 7BQ

Tel: 01795 533132 ext 240

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Dear Mrs S O'Flaherty,

Thank you for providing this information. I'd like you to review your decision to withhold part of the information, the redacted section regarding the campaign group Comprehensive Future as follows:

The campaign group, Comprehensive Futures were present at
both consultation events (xxx xxxxxx xxxxx xxxxxx xxxxx xxx xxxxxx x xx
xxx xx xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx, xxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxx xxxxxxxx xx xxxxx
xxxxxxxxxxx xxx xxx xxxxx xxxxx)

Please could you explain which exemption under FOI legislation you are relying on for withholding this information?

Yours sincerely,

Joanne Bartley

Mrs S O'Flaherty, Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Faversham

Dear Ms Bartley 
Thank you for your further email.
We have reviewed your request and have made the decision not to provide
the redacted text. 
We are relying on the exemption for protecting third party personal data
under the Data Protection Act 2018, as well as the fact that the
submission form has not been published by the SSEF. If you are unhappy
with this response you can contact the ICO for further clarification/ or
to make a complaint.
Best wishes
Siobhain O'Flaherty

Mrs S O’Flaherty

Operations Manager

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School
Abbey Place, Faversham, Kent ME13 7BQ

Tel: 01795 533132 ext 240

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