Rebecca Hickman

Dear Mr Gartside

In the OSA ruling relating to Altrincham Grammar School's changes to their entrance exam (June 2014), it states that your school commissioned a report from GL Assessment regarding the exam (para 59 onwards). Please could you send me a copy of this report (please send it in electronic form).

Best wishes,
Rebecca Hickman

Altrincham Grammar School For Boys

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[Subject only] FW: [Spam score:8%] Freedom of Information request - Request for report on 11+ exam

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Rebecca Hickman

Dear Ms Richardson

Many thanks for your prompt response.

As this request is to Altrincham Grammar and not to GL Assessment, I just want to check that you agree that in your view the exemptions that GL claim apply to this report do apply under FOI law.

If so, neither of these exemptions are absolute and must be weighed against the public interest test. I would therefore be grateful if you could undertake an internal review of your response and explain how in your view the exemptions outweigh the public interest in being informed about any potential bias or unfairness in the different components of 11+ entrance exams.

You will be aware that sections of the report are already in the public domain as a result of the OSA ruling. The contents of the report are referred to at various points and directly quoted in paragraphs 64-67. The OSA make reference to statements in the report that would be of significant interest and relevance to parents, including the potential bias against EAL and SEN children.

Many thanks for your assistance.

All best
Rebecca Hickman

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

Tracey Richardson, Altrincham Grammar School For Boys

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Dear Rebecca,

 

Following on from previous emails relating to your Freedom of Information
request, we respond as follows:

 

Our examination provider, GL Assessment Limited (GL) is not subject to the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) as it is not a public body. The
request for disclosure has rightly been made to the school but GL’s
position is that the report provided to Altrincham Grammar
School for Boys in relation to the Schools Adjudicator’s investigation
(the Report) should not be disclosed by the school under the FOI. This is
because the FOI has certain exemptions to the right to have information
disclosed, as outlined below. 

 

Section 41 – Confidentiality

 

As you have already seen, the Report was provided to the school on the
express conditions of confidentiality and non-disclosure under the FOI. 

 

If confidential information is provided to a public body under these
stipulations, then the public body does not have to disclose that
information, as such disclosure would be an actionable breach. 

 

GL felt when issuing the report in 2014, that information contained in the
Report was commercially sensitive and therefore highly confidential. This
is why it included specific confidentiality and FOI wording and made the
supply of the Report entirely conditional on the school’s acceptance of
such conditions. GL would not want the school to breach such
confidentiality.

 

In addition, Section 41 is an absolute exemption so the public interest
test does not have to be applied.

 

Regards,

T J Gartside (Head Master)

 

 

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Tracey Richardson
Admissions Officer
Altrincham Grammar School for Boys
A Grammar School with Academy Status
Marlborough Road
Bowdon
Altrincham
Cheshire
WA14 2RS

Phone: 0161 928 0858
E-mail: [email address]

 

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Tracey Richardson, Altrincham Grammar School For Boys

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Dear Rebecca,

 

Following on from previous emails relating to your Freedom of Information
request, we respond as follows:

 

Our examination provider, GL Assessment Limited (GL) is not subject to the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) as it is not a public body. The
request for disclosure has rightly been made to the school but GL’s
position is that the report provided to Altrincham Grammar
School for Boys in relation to the Schools Adjudicator’s investigation
(the Report) should not be disclosed by the school under the FOI. This is
because the FOI has certain exemptions to the right to have information
disclosed, as outlined below. 

 

Section 41 – Confidentiality

 

As you have already seen, the Report was provided to the school on the
express conditions of confidentiality and non-disclosure under the FOI. 

 

If confidential information is provided to a public body under these
stipulations, then the public body does not have to disclose that
information, as such disclosure would be an actionable breach. 

 

GL felt when issuing the report in 2014, that information contained in the
Report was commercially sensitive and therefore highly confidential. This
is why it included specific confidentiality and FOI wording and made the
supply of the Report entirely conditional on the school’s acceptance of
such conditions. GL would not want the school to breach such
confidentiality.

 

In addition, Section 41 is an absolute exemption so the public interest
test does not have to be applied.

 

Regards,

T J Gartside (Head Master)

 

 

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Tracey Richardson
Admissions Officer
Altrincham Grammar School for Boys
A Grammar School with Academy Status
Marlborough Road
Bowdon
Altrincham
Cheshire
WA14 2RS

Phone: 0161 928 0858
E-mail: [email address]

 

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