The Freedom of Information Act relates to recorded information held by schools and other public bodies. It aims to provide a balance between greater openness and transparency on the one hand, while at the same time recognising the need to restrict or prevent disclosure where to do so would cause harm, put at risk the safeguarding of our pupils or would otherwise not be in the public interest.
The Freedom of Information Act requires that public organisations make certain types of information routinely and publicly available, with an appropriate guide so that the information can be easily identified and accessed by the general public.
Schools and other organisations such as multi-academy trusts make information routinely available through what is known as the ‘publication scheme’. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has approved a Model Publication Scheme, which Weaver Trust has adopted. In addition, the Trust is required to produce a guide to identify what information is published, the available format, how it can be accessed and also any fees that may be chargeable for information.
Before making a request for information you may want to see if the information you require is already published on our website.