Dear Department for Education,
I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please send me any information you may hold on record regarding request for funding or grants for playground extensions or improvements made by The Kemnal Academies Trust to the Department of Education on behalf of East Wickham Primary Academy or directly by the school administration.
I am interested in information pertaining to request made to you between the dates of 01 January 2015 and 30 January 2017 including reasons put forward by the Academy and/or the School for any new playground or improvements or expansion to existing playground facilities. Please provide copies in totality of any applications submitted, documentation of correspondence.
The addresses are:
The Kemnal Academies Trust
The Atkins Centre,
Kemnal Technology College,
Kent, DA14 5AA
East Wickham Primary Academy
Kent, DA16 3BP
I would like the above information to be provided for me as electronic or paper copies.
If this request is too wide or unclear I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that, under the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page numbers and URLs if necessary.
If the release of any of this information is prohibited on the grounds of breach of confidentiality, I ask that you supply me with copies of the confidentiality agreement and remind you that information should not be treated as confidential if no agreement has been signed.
I understand that you are required to respond to my request within twenty working days after you receive this letter. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.
David M Hirschfield
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Thank you for your request for information, which was received on
Please send me any information you may hold on record regarding request
for funding or grants for playground extensions or improvements made by
The Kemnal Academies Trust to the Department of Education on behalf of
East Wickham Primary Academy or directly by the school administration.
I am interested in information pertaining to request made to you between
the dates of 01 January 2015 and 30 January 2017 including reasons put
forward by the Academy and/or the School for any new playground or
improvements or expansion to existing playground facilities.
I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Following a search of our records, we have no information on requests for
funding from the department for playground extensions or improvements for
East Wickham Primary Academy.
For context, schools and the bodies responsible for maintaining school
buildings receive capital funding each year. This funding comes through
different routes, depending on the size and type of school.
All schools are allocated devolved formula capital (DFC) to spend on their
Since 2015, the Kemnal Academies Trust (KAT) has received capital funding
through a School Condition Allocation (SCA) to invest in its schools,
including East Wickham Primary Academy. SCA is an annual formulaic
allocation for local authorities and larger multi academy trusts (with at
least 5 schools and 3000 pupils). SCA enables those with the best local
knowledge to prioritise investment in the school buildings they are
Schools and academy trusts do not need to submit a business case to the
department to receive DFC or SCA funding. If you would like information on
how Kemnal Academies Trust has invested its capital funding we would
suggest approaching KAT directly.
More information on schools capital funding and allocations can be found
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, which 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
Central Capital Unit