Freedom of Information Publication Scheme
Publication Scheme on information available under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
1. Introduction: what a publication scheme is and why it has been developed
One of the aims of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (which is referred to as FOIA in the rest of this document) is that public authorities, including all maintained schools and academies, should be clear and proactive about the information they will make public. To do this we must produce a publication scheme, setting out:
- The classes of information which we publish or intend to publish;
- The manner in which the information will be published; and
- Whether the information is available free of charge or on payment.
The scheme covers information already published and information which is to be published in the future. All information in our publication scheme will available on our website or is available in paper form. Some information which we hold may not be made public, for example personal information. This publication scheme conforms to the model scheme for schools approved by the Information Commissioner.
2. School Aims and Objectives
To provide opportunities in order to assist all pupils to achieve their full potential and to treat pupils as we would wish to have our own children treated. The following principles underline everything we do:
- A respect for all pupils and their parents.
- A full commitment to professionalism.
- A well-ordered and caring school community.
School Aims to:
- Help pupils to achieve their full academic potential.
- Help pupils to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life, employment and leisure in a fast changing world.
- Help pupils to be literate and numerate.
- Encourage the principles of common sense and courtesy and to develop a respect for other people and their property.
- Help and encourage all concerned to maintain the school’s good reputation.
- Create a happy and stable environment in which learning can take place.
Help Pupils to Develop:
- Lively, enquiring minds.
- The ability to question and debate rationally.
- The ability to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills.
- Help pupils to understand the effect of human activities on the environment.
- Help pupils understand and respect the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups of people and nations.
- Help pupils develop sensitivity, empathy, tolerance, self-control, sympathy and an understanding of others.
- Prepare pupils for future economic roles as producers, consumers and citizens.
- Help pupils contribute to an industrialised and highly technological society.
- Help pupils to understand enterprise, wealth creation and entrepreneurial skills.
- Help pupils to develop an interest in their own good health and acquire the skills to make positive choices and decisions throughout their lives.
- Increase pupils’ awareness of the wide variety of religious and cultural experiences, beliefs and practices to be found in the world so that they may develop an awareness and understanding of their own beliefs and respect the rights and values of others.
- Offer pupils equality of opportunity in learning, regardless of gender or special educational needs.
- Combat racial discrimination and prejudice.
3. Categories of information published
The publication scheme guides you to information which we currently publish (or have recently published) or which we will publish in the future. This is split into categories of information known as ‘classes’. These are contained in section 6 of this scheme. The classes of information that we undertake to make available are organised into four broad topic areas:
School Prospectus – information published in the school prospectus.
Governors’ Documents – minutes of and papers considered at, meetings of the governing body and its committees.
Pupils & Curriculum – information about policies that relate to pupils and the school curriculum.
School Policies and other information related to the school – information about policies that relate to the school in general.
4. How to request information
If you require a paper version of any of the documents within the scheme, please contact the school by telephone, email, fax or letter. Contact details are set out below (or you can visit our website at aomschool.com).
Tel: 0161 973 1179
Contact Address: Cecil Avenue, Sale, Manchester M33 5BP
To help us process your request quickly, please clearly mark any correspondence “PUBLICATION SCHEME REQUEST” (in CAPITALS please) If the information you’re looking for isn’t available via the scheme and isn’t on our website, you can still contact the school to ask if we have it.
5. Paying for information
Information published on our website is free, although you may incur costs from your Internet service provider. If you don’t have Internet access, you can access our website using a local library or an Internet café. Single copies of information covered by this publication are provided free unless stated otherwise in section 6. If your request means that we have to do a lot of photocopying or printing, or pay a large postage charge, or is for a priced item such as some printed publications or videos we will let you know the cost before fulfilling your request.
6. Classes of Information Currently Published
School Prospectus – this section sets out information published in the school prospectus.