VWV Webinar 16 July 2020 Details

Waiting for an internal review by The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools of their handling of this request.

Dear The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools,

I refer to your minutes of 8 July 2020:

8. VWV WEBINAR
Heads noted the date of the VWV webinar on Appeals would be held on 16 July at 8am. Ms Walton agreed to share the link with everybody.

Please can you elaborate on what 'VWV" means and please provide full details/minutes/recordings of this event.

Yours faithfully,

B Darcy

TBGS, The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

Dear Mr Darcy
Thank you for your email. We will respond to your request within 20
working days.
Kind regards
Mark Sturgeon
Chair
The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

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TBGS, The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

Dear Mr Darcy

Further to your email of 1 November I am writing to inform you of the
extent to which we can comply with your request. You are making this
request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA).

You have requested the following information:

1.       What VWV means.

2.       Full details/minutes/recordings of the VWV Appeals webinar held
on 16 July.

VWV refers to the legal advisers to TBGS, Veale Wasborough Vizards.

The seminar held on 16 July concerned the proposed appeals process for
dealing with A level and GCSE results and the implications of the emerging
guidance from the Department for Education (a final version can be seen
here
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/news/appea...).
It was open to the headteachers and exams officers from the 13 grammar
schools who are part of TBGS.

TBGS is unable to release any further information about the webinar. The
following exemptions apply:

Section 42 – Legal Professional Privilege

Section 42 applies because the information constitutes legal advice
provided to TBGS as a client of VWV, and therefore a claim of legal advice
privilege could be made in relation to the materials.  This is a qualified
exemption, but the public interest in maintaining this would outweigh the
public interest in the information because:

·         It is important that TBGS is able to obtain legal advice and be
free to ask whatever questions it wants in order to obtain the most
relevant and accurate advice.  This would be fettered if such advice were
to be made public. 

·         The specific legal advice given to TBGS would not aid the
public's understanding of the GCSE and A level exam appeals process -
there is significant information about the process itself already in the
public domain, and so the specific details relevant to TBGS would not add
significantly to the public's understanding.  Therefore, there is very
limited "public" value in the information itself. 

 

Section 43 (2) – Commercial Interests

 

Section 43 (2) also applies, to the extent that any of the material not
considered legal advice (and/or not already in the public domain),
represents the know how and expertise of VWV, which is part of the value
of the service that is offered.  If competitors could see the materials
used in trainings such as this, they could use them to their advantage
when bidding for work, or providing their own seminars, and this would
prejudice the ability of VWV to compete. 

 S43 (2) is also a qualified exemption but the public interest in
maintaining the exemption would outweigh the public interest in the
information because:

·         As above, the public value is limited because the details of the
appeals process itself is already publicly available.

·         The public interest in allowing a competitive market for legal
advice means that clients are better able to obtain best value and can
assess the provision/added value of law firms in a balanced and fair way. 
In an education context, where funding is limited, it is particularly
important to ensure that best value can be obtained, and the competitive
market maintained.

 

You have the right to lodge a complaint with the UK supervisory body, the
Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) here:-
[2]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mark Sturgeon
Chair
The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

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Dear The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools's handling of my FOI request 'VWV Webinar 16 July 2020 Details'.

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

Yours faithfully,

B Darcy

TBGS, The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

Dear Mr Darcy

Thank you for your email.

The ICO recommends that requests for internal reviews are made as soon as
possible and within two months of receiving an authority’s response (see
[1]https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/off...). We
responded to your FOI request on 26 November 2020. Your request for an
internal review has come nearly a year later. This is well outside of the
ICO’s recommended timeline and we are therefore refusing your request for
an internal review.

If you are not content with our response you have the right to lodge a
complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) here:
[2]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/

 

Yours sincerely

Mark Sturgeon
Chair
The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

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TBGS, The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

Dear Mr Darcy

Thank you for your email.

 

The ICO recommends that requests for internal reviews are made as soon as
possible and within two months of receiving an authority’s response (see
[1]https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/off...). We
responded to your FOI request on 7 December 2020. Your request for an
internal review has come nearly 11 months later. This is well outside of
the ICO’s recommended timeline and we are therefore refusing your request
for an internal review.

 

If you are not content with our response you have the right to lodge a
complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) here:
[2]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/

 

Yours sincerely

Mark Sturgeon
Chair
The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

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Dear Mr Sturgeon

Thank you for your email.

I find it strange that you refer to timelines when a cursory glance at your record of replying within legal timeframes leaves a lot to be desired.

I would request you reconsider this matter for an internal review unless you can confirm there have been NO breaches of your obligations to respond within legal timeframes to FOI requests.

Kind regards
B Darcy

TBGS, The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

Dear Mr Darcy

Please see my previous response. If you are not content with our response
you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information
Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) here:
[1]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/

 

Kind regards

Mark Sturgeon
Chair
The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

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Dear Mr Sturgeon

Please see my previous response.
I would be grateful if you can reply.

Yours sincerely,

B Darcy