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Publication Scheme

Publication Scheme on information available under The Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Introduction

  1. Legal requirements

    1. Adopting a publication scheme is a requirement of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This Act promotes greater openness and accountability across the public sector by requiring all ‘public authorities’ to make information available proactively, through a publication scheme.
    2. Public authorities’ are defined in the Act and include universities, further education colleges and sixth form colleges.
       
  2. What is a publication scheme?

    1. A publication scheme is a document which describes the information a public authority publishes, or intends to publish. In this context ‘publish’ means to make information available routinely. These descriptions are called ‘classes of information’. The scheme is not a list of the actual publications, because this will change as new material is published or existing material revised. It is, however, the public authority’s commitment to make available the information described.
    2. A publication scheme must set out the classes, or categories, of information published. It must also make clear how the information described can be accessed and whether or not charges will be made.
       
  3. The ‘model’ publication scheme

    1. Christ The King Sixth Form College adopted the Information Commissioner’s model publication scheme for all public authorities as at 1 January 2009. Because the model scheme applies to all public authorities it classifies information at a high level. The Information Commissioner has therefore also published a Definition Document for the Model Publication Scheme for colleges of further education, which shows what colleges are expected to publish. At Christ the King Sixth Form College we have a Guide to Publications which we routinely publish or intend to publish. This gives the detail of the information we will routinely make available, how the information can be accessed and whether or not a charge is made.
      Mission Statement

      We are a Catholic College dedicated to the education and development of the whole person, so that all students can realise their full potential.

      To achieve this as a community we will:

      • Provide the highest standards of teaching and learning.
      • Expect students to show commitment to their studies and the Christian values of the College.
      • Provide equality of opportunity, with mutual respect and positive encouragement.
      • Build and further develop a partnership with parents, schools, parishes, higher education and the local community.
      • Value staff and support their professional development.

      In doing this we will reflect Christ’s teaching in the life and work of the whole College.

  4. Who we are

    1. Christ The King Sixth Form College is situated in Lewisham, South East London. It is a Catholic sixth form college, which provides a distinctive education that focuses specifically in the needs of 16-19 year olds. The College offers thirty-five AS subjects, of which thirty-four can be taken to A2 and four BTEC National Diploma subjects. Level 2 provisions consists of six BTEC First courses and three GCSE subjects. There is one Level 1 BTEC course on offer. The College also offers The International Baccalaureate. The College is over-subscribed.
       
    2. The College was formed in 1992 and recruits from its seven partner schools and from a wide area across London. In order to meet the needs of adults in the local community, evening courses are offered at the College and there is outreach work at Deptford Churches Centre. A range of performance indicators show that the College delivers high quality teaching and learning and that its support functions operate at a high standard.
       
  5. Accessing information covered by the publication scheme

    1. We make available items that belong to classes in the Publication Scheme, Any exceptions are noted. These will generally be for reasons related to the Data Protection Act or commercial sensitivity.
       
    2. In our Guide to Publications we have indicated the manner in which the information described will be available. We have also indicated whether charges apply to material in each class.
       
    3. To request information available through our publication scheme, please make the request in writing to: Debbie Baldwin, Personnel Manager
       
    4. Please note that a publication scheme relates to ‘published’ information. Therefore, material covered has already been prepared in a format ready for distribution.
       
  6. What about information not covered by the publication scheme?

    1. From 1 January 2005 you will have the right, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, to request information held by the College which it has not already made available through its publication scheme.
       
    2. Requests should be made in writing and we will respond within 20 working days. If the information requested can be made available we will respond to the request and notify the applicant of the fee. We will not release information to which an exemption in the Act legitimately applies. Where this is the case we will explain to the applicant why we will not release the information. If disputed, the applicant has the right to take this to the Information Commissioner.
       
  7. Fees

    1. All electronic documents on the website and also those we can provide to you by email at your request are free of charge. If requested we will produce publications in other formats. In these cases we will usually make a charge, amounting to the cost of producing the item in the format requested and sending it, with a minimum charge of £5. In certain circumstances we may waive the charge.
       
    2. Fees have been set using the following criteria:
      • Where documents are made routinely available to current or potential staff, students, governors, contractors or other stakeholders the charge covers any additional copies required.
      • Requests for copies are charged a fee according to the size of the document, which covers photocopying or printing, the cost of locating and retrieving the information and the postage charge. The College will confirm the cost and expect payment in full before fulfilling a request.
         
  8. Feedback

    1. It is important that this publication scheme meets your needs. If you find the scheme difficult to understand, please let us know. We also welcome suggestions as to how our scheme might be improved. Any questions, comments or complaints about this scheme should be sent in writing to the Publication Scheme Co-ordinator below:

      Contact Name:
       
      Debbie Baldwin – Personnel Manager

      Contact Address:
      Christ The King Sixth Form College
      Belmont Grove
      Lewisham
      London SE13 5GE
       
      Telephone:
      020 8297 9433

      Fax:
      020 8297 1460
       
    2. If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to the Information Commissioner, the independent body who oversees the Freedom of Information Act:

      Information Commissioner 
      Wycliffe House 
      Water Lane 
      Wilmslow 
      Cheshire 
      SK9 5AF

      T: 01625 545700, F: 01625 524510, E: mail@ico.gsi.gov.uk

  9. Further information

    1. More information about the Freedom of Information Act is available on the Information Commissioner’s website at:

      www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

    2. Please note that Scotland has its own Freedom of Information Act and Information Commissioner. For more information, please see the Scottish Executive’s website at:

      www.scotland.gov.uk/government/foi