Trinity Academy Halifax Policies and Procedures

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Calderdale Against Corruption

Dear Trinity Academy, Halifax,

Please could you furnish us with a copy of the following information:

1) All official and unofficial documents relating to the Academy's policy on what action(s) should be undertaken if a student falls ill whilst in the care of the Academy, its employees, contractors, sub-contractors or anyone else who is authorised to act in such cases.

The documents required may include, but are not limited to: official written policies, official staff handbooks or other guidance, informal notes relating to the implementation of the sickness and medical treatment policy.

2) Is the Academy authorised to dispense medication to unwell students? If so, in what circumstances is the Academy not authorised to dispense medication to unwell students?

3) If a child in the Academy's care is found to be ill, who is the person authorised to deal with providing medical assistance, and what medical assistance is that person authorised to provide?

4) If a child in the Academy's care is found to be ill, what, if any, assessment does the authorised medical person carry out?

5) When a child is found to be ill, what steps should the Academy take to:

a) Seek further medical opinions, if required?

b) Contact the child's Next of Kin to inform them of illness, including what steps should be taken should the named person be unavailable?

c) Assess whether the child is well enough to remain in school, or be sent back to class; or whether the child should be sent home/to hospital?

d) What level of medical qualification is required for the person(s) responsible for the Academy's medical provisioning? If not medical qualification is required, what is the minimum competency required for the role, and how is their competency assessed?

6) Are there any penalties, sanctions or any other form of detriment to Academy in relation to not meeting targets for general Student Attendance?

7) Are there any penalties, sanctions or any other form of detriment to Academy in relation to not meeting targets for Student Attendance in relation to absences specifically relating to sickness and illness?

Yours faithfully,

Calderdale Against Corruption

D Alcock, Trinity Academy, Halifax

Good afternoon

Thank you for your enquiry, made under the Freedom of Information Act.

Having reviewed your request, unfortunately we cannot deal with this request as the name of the requester has not been provided.

The Freedom of Information Act requires the requester to provide their real name. Further information on making requests is available via this link:

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Please supply this information in order for me to review the request and respond accordingly.

Kind regards/

Mrs D Alcock
Personal Assistant to the Principal

Trinity Academy Halifax
Shay Lane, Holmfield, Halifax, HX2 9TZ
Tel:   01422 244890
Fax:  01422 240033
Email: [Trinity Academy, Halifax request email]
Web:  www.trinityacademyhalifax.org

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Calderdale Against Corruption

Dear Trinity Academy, Halifax,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Trinity Academy, Halifax's handling of my FOI request 'Trinity Academy Halifax Policies and Procedures'.

Mrs D Alcock appears to be incapable of understanding whom can make Freedom of Information requests and has unlawfully declined to respond thus far, claiming that a "real name" must be used when making such requests.

Mrs D Alcock cited a link to the Information Commissioners Office in which it does state a real name must be on a request for it to be valid, but she has overlooked information found freely elsewhere on the same website which states:

"Freedom of information requests can also be made by organisations, for example a newspaper, a campaign group, or a company."

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/gui...

As such, Calderdale Against Corruption clearly meets the criteria of being able to submit a lawful Freedom of Information request as the organisation is a campaign group.

In light of the above information, please continue processing the request as we trust it has been established that the request is indeed lawful and that Mrs D Alcock was mistaken in her response.

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

Yours faithfully,

Calderdale Against Corruption

Calderdale Against Corruption

Dear D Alcock, or whomever is now dealing with this request,

Could you confirm that Trinity Academy is progressing this request after our last response?

Yours sincerely,

Calderdale Against Corruption

D Alcock, Trinity Academy, Halifax

Thank you for your email; I can confirm that the request is being dealt with. I will be in touch in due course.

Kind regards.

Mrs D Alcock
Personal Assistant to the Principal

Trinity Academy Halifax
Shay Lane, Holmfield, Halifax, HX2 9TZ
Tel:   01422 244890
Fax:  01422 240033
Email: [Trinity Academy, Halifax request email]
Web:  www.trinityacademyhalifax.org

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Calderdale Against Corruption

Dear D Alcock/Trinity Academy,

This request is now long overdue and there has been no response since the 12th of February 2015, on which date Mrs D Alcock assured us that this request was still being looked at.

Can you please supply the requested information and inform us as to what has caused the delay in supplying this information? If we do not hear back from you by Thursday the 12th of February 2015 then we will take further action to resolve this issue.

Yours sincerely,

Calderdale Against Corruption

D Alcock, Trinity Academy, Halifax

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Dear Calderdale Against Corruption,

 

Please find below, responses to the FOI request received recently.  The
responses are clearly highlighted RED.   I have also attached a number of
policies that we refer to in our response which you will find helpful.

 

Request from Calderdale Against Corruption:
Please could you furnish us with a copy of the following information:

1) All official and unofficial documents relating to the Academy's policy
on what action(s) should be undertaken if a student falls ill whilst in
the care of the Academy, its employees, contractors, sub-contractors or
anyone else who is authorised to act in such cases.

The documents required may include, but are not limited to: official
written policies, official staff handbooks or other guidance, informal
notes relating to the implementation of the sickness and medical treatment
policy.

 

Please find enclosed excerpts from our Health and Safety policy and our
Medical Conditions policy which deal with actions should a student fall
ill during the day.

2) Is the Academy authorised to dispense medication to unwell students? If
so, in what circumstances is the Academy not authorised to dispense
medication to unwell students?

Referred to in our Health and Safety policy and Medical Conditions
policy.  Dispensing medication depends on:

·         the students individual healthcare plan

·         students individual medical needs and conditions

·         parental discussions and agreements. 

3) If a child in the Academy's care is found to be ill, who is the person
authorised to deal with providing medical assistance, and what medical
assistance is that person authorised to provide?

The academy employs a Medical Welfare Officer to co-ordinate the support
required for students with medical needs (as outlined in individual health
care plans) and co-ordinate our statutory First Aid provision to staff and
students.  The medical assistance they are able to provide is outlined in
the enclosed excerpts from our Health and Safety policy and individual
health care plans, as described in the Medical Conditions policy. 

Specific actions for students with medical needs are recorded in
individual health care plans are outside the remit of the Freedom of
Information Act.

 

4) If a child in the Academy's care is found to be ill, what, if any,
assessment does the authorised medical person carry out?

All assessments are based on the nature of the complaint, injury or
accident and the child’s individual medical (or other) needs and
communication with parents.  Specific actions for students with medical
needs are recorded in individual health care plans are outside the remit
of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

5) When a child is found to be ill, what steps should the Academy take to:

a)      Seek further medical opinions, if required?

The academy employs a Medical Welfare Officer to co-ordinate the support
students with medical needs and provide First Aid assistance.  The academy
has a responsibility to provide First Aid, including requesting an
ambulance. 

 

b)      Contact the child's Next of Kin to inform them of illness,
including what steps should be taken should the named person be
unavailable?

 

The academy employs a Medical Welfare Officer to co-ordinate the support
students with medical needs and provide First Aid assistance.  The academy
has a responsibility to provide First Aid, including requesting an
ambulance.  As outlined in the enclosed policies all staff have a
responsibility to seek first aid and the academy’s policy is to contact
parents to advise them of any issues or concerns. 

c) Assess whether the child is well enough to remain in school, or be sent
back to class; or whether the child should be sent home/to hospital?

 

With the exception of sending students to hospital – this would be an
emergency situation and require an ambulance – this is a decision that is
taken in consultation with the child’s parent or guardian.   This is a
decision that is based on the nature of the complaint, injury or accident
and the child’s individual medical (or other) needs. 

d) What level of medical qualification is required for the person(s)
responsible for the Academy's medical provisioning? If not medical
qualification is required, what is the minimum competency required for the
role, and how is their competency assessed?

No medical qualification is required for the role of Medical Welfare
Officer and the individual has in place a job description and person
specification.  This information is personal to the individual and
therefore not covered by the Freedom of Information Act.  Competency is
assessed during a recruitment and selection process and then through
annual performance reviews.

6) Are there any penalties, sanctions or any other form of detriment to
Academy in relation to not meeting targets for general Student Attendance?

The academy’s student attendance figures are monitored by the Department
of Education and attendance figures also form part of an Ofsted
Inspection.  The latest Ofsted framework is attached.  Should student
attendance be an area for concern this would be highlighted as weakness
during an Ofsted inspection and be reflected in the academy’s Ofsted
judgement.

7) Are there any penalties, sanctions or any other form of detriment to
Academy in relation to not meeting targets for Student Attendance in
relation to absences specifically relating to sickness and illness?

The academy’s student attendance figures are monitored by the Department
of Education and attendance figures also form part of an Ofsted
Inspection.  The latest Ofsted framework is attached.  Should student
attendance be an area for concern this would be highlighted as weakness
during an Ofsted inspection. 

 

 

Regards.

 

Mrs D Alcock

Personal Assistant to the Principal

 

Trinity Academy Halifax

Shay Lane, Holmfield, Halifax, HX2 9TZ

Tel:   01422 244890

Fax:  01422 240033

Email: info@[1]trinityacademyhalifax.org

Web:  [2]www.trinityacademyhalifax.org

 

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