Freedom of Information
Freedom of Information Statement
Anyone has a right to request information from a public authority. Schools have two separate duties when responding to these requests:
to tell the applicant whether the school holds any information falling within the scope of their request; and
to provide that information within 20 days
For a request to be valid under the Freedom of Information Act it must be in writing, but requesters do not have to mention the Act or direct their request to a designated member of staff. Any letter or email to a public authority asking for information is a request for recorded information under the Act.
The provisions of the Act come into force only if:
you cannot provide the requested information straight away; or
the requester makes it clear they expect a response under the Act.
This request handling flowchart provides an overview of the steps to follow when handling a request for information.