Freedom of Information Requests

Please see the ICO: 'Guide to Freedom of Information'

Below are the requests for information that we have received under the Freedom of Information Act.

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questions below:
1. The number of pupil enrolments (i.e. individual pupils) who were informally excluded at some stage in the past academic year (2017/18). To clarify, this refers to pupils who were removed from lessons and sent home or where parents were asked not to bring children in to school for a while. It excludes formal exclusions (either in the form of a permanent or fixed-term exclusion) or teaching in an isolation room.

Answer: We use informal exclusion rarely and we do not systematically record its use. Therefore we do no hold this information.

2. Whether the school uses isolation or consequence booths. If used, please outline the rules of their use i.e. how many hours pupils are expected to remain at the booths, the number of toilet breaks permitted, whether they are allowed out to into the playground or to exercise at lunch and break etc.
3. The number of occasions that pupils have attended such a booth continually for at least a week (i.e. they were present all day on consecutive days for at least a week) in the past academic year (2017-18).
4/ The number of pupil enrolments with SEN who have been placed in isolation or consequence booths in the past academic year (2017/18).
Answer: We do not use isolation booths.

Please find a list of feeder primary schools in the attached pdf. Please note that the total number of pupils is 625 across these cohorts; we hold data for 527 of the pupils. We do not hold data for all pupils for a variety of reasons, including: some have transferred from overseas; some have been home educated; some have joined after the start of Year 7 so their previous recorded school is a secondary school.

The number of boys who registered to sit the test at Sir Thomas Rich’s in each of the years listed were: 2014 – 269; 2015 – 310; 2017 – 297; 2018 – 326. The information provided here only relates to boys sitting the test at our school and does not include boys who have set elsewhere and chosen to share results with us. We only hold data relating to our school and do not have data on the total number of boys or girls sitting the test across the county.

We have no plans at present of acquiring a copy. Acquisitions are demand, teacher and budget led and we have no requests to date to make such a purchase.

The last place offered through the Local Authority Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme was by ranking, based on the child’s performance in the 11+ test.

There are 13 boys on the waiting list. It is not recorded whether or not they were on-time applicants or not.

150 places offered through Local Authority Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. 8 additional places were allocated as a result of successful appeal.

Electricity Spend 2017/18 - £66,328
Gas Spend 2017/18 - £27,913

Current Electricity Price - Half Hourly meters
Meter 1
Day rate 10.562 p/kWh
Night rate 7.083 p/kWh
Standing charge 2.404 £/month
Capacity charge 1.065 £/KVA/month

Meter 2
Day rate 10.903 p/kWh
Night rate 7.063 p/kWh
Standing charge 2.404 £/month
Capacity charge 1.065 £KVA/month

Current Gas price - Unit rate 2.1543
Meter 1 standing charge - £2.45 /day
Meter 2 standing charge - £0.89 / day
Meter 2 standing charge - £19.04 / day

Electricity Suppliers
NPower from approx. 2010 to 2013
Scottish Power 2013 to date

Gas Supplier
West Mercia Energy 2010 to date

We plan to increase our PAN from 120 to 150 for 2018-19 therefore our PAN in the years you have selected is planned to be 120 in 2017-18, 150 in 2018-19, 150 in 2019-2020, 150 in 2020-2021 and 150 in 2021-2022.

The last successful applicant was admitted on the basis of their qualifying rank in the Entrance Test.

As a secondary school, we do not offer Reception places. We offered 120 Year 7 places and on allocation day we had 18 boys on the waiting list, eight of whom susequently gained a place through the appeal process.
The lowest placed rank for each year of entry is as follows:

September 2017 entry Down to rank 265
September 2016 entry Down to rank 275 *
September 2015 entry Down to rank 205
September 2014 entry Down to rank 223 #
September 2013 entry Down to rank 192 #
September 2012 entry Down to rank 199 #
September 2011 entry Down to rank 235 #


* Some Gloucestershire Grammar Schools increased the number of qualifying Year 7 pupils they admitted in September 2016. As a result, there was an increase in how far down the rankings places were allocated in all Grammar Schools across the county.
# Entrance was based on achieving a minimum pass mark and applicants were not given a rank. However, we have calculated the rank equivalent for these years.

We can now report that 796 boys sat the Gloucestershire Grammar Schools test in September 2016

We can now report that 318 boys who sat the Gloucestershire Grammar Schools test* in September 2016 met the qualifying standard for Sir Thomas Rich’s.

Our Admissions Policy sets out the criteria for entry to Sir Thomas Rich’s. As eligibility for Free School Meals has not been included within our policy, we do not collect this data for the testing and results process.

Our Admissions Policy sets out the criteria for entry to Sir Thomas Rich’s. As eligibility for Free School Meals has not been included within our policy, we do not collect this data for the testing and results process.

Due to the low numbers involved in each year group individual children would be identifiable. Therefore, this information is personal data as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998

The Gloucestershire County Council online Job Board, School Website, E-Teach, Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo, TES.

The Gloucestershire County Council online Job Board, School Website, E-Teach, Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo, TES.

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I can confirm that Sir Thomas Rich’s School has never had the requirement for students to get B grades at AS level, or equivalent internal exams, to progress in to Year 13.

2010-2011 - No incidents reported
2011-2012 - No incidents reported
2012-2013 - No incidents reported
2013-2014 - One incident recorded involved homophobic language. Restorative talk and whole class talk.
2014-2015 - One incident recorded including cyber-bullying and homophobic language. Sanctions and parental contact.
2015-2016 - Two incidents recorded involved bullying using homophobic language. Sanctions and parental contact in both cases.
2016-2017 - No incidents reported
2017-2018 - No incidents reported to date

I can confirm that Sir Thomas Rich’s does hold the following information:
  • number of children who were accepted into Year 7 at Sir Thomas Rich’s School in September 2013, September 2014 and September 2015.
  • number of Y7 appeals lodged for 2013 Entry, 2014 Entry and 2015 Entry.
  • number of successful appeals made to Sir Thomas Rich’s School where appellants met the qualifying standard in the entrance test. We do hold the reasons for successful appeals for 2014 and 2015 Entry.
  • number of successful appeals made to Sir Thomas Rich’s School where appellants did not meet the qualifying standard in the entrance test. We do hold the reasons for unsuccessful appeals for 2014 and 2015 Entry.

Whilst we acknowledge that we hold the information relating to the reasons for successful / unsuccessful appeals for 2014 and 2015 Entry, these records are exempt from disclosure under section 40 (2) and (3) (a) (i) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The information we are able to disclose is as follows:
  2013 Entry 2014 Entry 2015 Entry
Students who joined Y7 in Sept each year of entry 111 112 119
Appeals Lodged 28 35 32
Successful Appeals who met the qualifying standard 5 6 13
Successful Appears who did not met the qualifying standard 4 5 1

I can confirm that Sir Thomas Rich’s School does not hold the following information:
We do not hold the reasons for successful / unsuccessful appeals for 2013 Entry for either qualifying or non-qualifying appellants.

Date of Test Year of Entry Number Who Sat Test Number Met Qualitying Standard Number Offered #
Autumn 2009 September 2010 Information not held. Pre-Academy Status. Testing was organised by Gloucestershire County Council.
Autumn 2010 September 2011 Information not held. Pre-Academy Status. Testing was organised by Gloucestershire County Council.
Autumn 2011 September 2012 742 235 107 *
Autumn 2012 September 2013 683 259 108
Autumn 2013 September 2014 727 265 108
Autumn 2014 September 2015 726 298 108
Autumn 2015 September 2016 794 279 120 ~
# Please note that the number of boys who actually started in September can be higher than the number offered, due to successful appeals.
* PAN was 108, but insufficient pupils met the qualifying standard.
~ Increase in PAN to 120
Number of pupils who had previously attended a fee-paying independent school:
2010 - 17 boys in Y7 cohort
2011 - 14 boys in Y7 cohort
2012 - 14 boys in Y7 cohort
2013 - 19 boys in Y7 cohort
2014 - 16 boys in Y7 cohort
2015 - 24 boys in Y7 cohort
2016 - 18 boys in Y7 cohort

Date of Entry Lodged Withdrawn Refused Allowed
September 2010 * 26 5 13 8
September 2011 17 2 9 6
September 2012 14 1 6 7
September 2013 28 0 20 8
September 2014 34 0 24 10
September 2015 32 3 15 14
September 2016 27 0 22 5


* These appeals were held prior to the School becoming an Academy and were therefore arranged by Gloucestershire County Council. This is the information provided to the School by GCC, but we have no way of verifying its accuracy.

Year Total sum spent on supply Estimated daily rate of a supply teacher
2010/2011 £15940 £120.70
2011/2012 £17783 £122.00
2012/2013 £12534 £123.30
2013/2014 £12734 £124.60
2014/2015 £7776 £125.90
2015/2016 £9481 £127.20

With regard to your request, we have provided the data for the majority of pupils. However, for some postcode areas, due to the low numbers involved, individual children would be identifiable. Therefore, this information is personal data as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998. As it is information about someone else by law, I am unable to give this to you.
Data is attached here.

a) Maths – all teachers are specialists.
b) English – all teachers are specialists.
c) Science – none of our Computing Teachers have Computer Science Qualifications beyond A-level. Computer Science is currently only delivered to Key Stage 3 although GCSE Computer Science will be taught to Year 10 next year. All other Science teachers are specialists.
d) History – one teacher of Key Stage 3 History is primarily an English teacher and only has a History A-level. All other History teachers are specialists.
e) Geography – all teachers are specialists.
f) MFL – all teachers are specialists.

We have not purchased any software designed for the purposes of classroom management. Our language laboratory has SANAKO software which has some classroom management capabilities which are incidental to its main purpose.

We have not spent any money on software designed specifically for this purpose.

School-owned devices: There are 30 machines with SANAKO installed on them; Pupil-owned devices: Zero

The only relevant documentation would be the school’s ICT policy which can be found on the school website.

With regard to your request for the number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals in each of the Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, we have carefully considered this part of your request and have come to the decision that due to the low numbers involved in each year group individual children would be identifiable. Therefore, this information is personal data as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998. As it is information about someone else by law, I am unable to give this to you. (As you are not the data subject, release of this information would constitute a breach of principle 1 of the Data Protection Act. Principle 1 states that personal data shall be processed (used) fairly and lawfully and, in particular, shall not be processed unless at least one of the conditions in Schedule 2 is met; in this case none of the conditions in Schedule 2 have been met.)

This means that the section 40 exemption of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA) is engaged; this email therefore acts as a refusal notice under section 17 of the FoIA as some of the information you have requested is exempt from disclosure.

However, I can inform you that 9 pupils within the years 7-11 inclusive are currently entitled to Free School Meals.

With regard to your request for the numbers of pupils who attended fee-paying private primary schools, prior to attending Sir Thomas Rich’s, I can provide the following information:
- Current Year 7 = 24 pupils; Current Year 8 = 16 pupils; Current Year 9 = 19 pupils; Current Year 10 = 14 pupils; Current Year 11 = 14 pupils
We do not hold this information for all pupils at our School as some have joined us from overseas or as an In Year Admission from another secondary school.

I can confirm that of the 113 boys admitted to Year 7 in September 2014, 16 had attended a private/independent primary school.

I can confirm the number of employees at our school who received remuneration of more than £100,000 in 2013-14 is NIL. This information is included in our end of year accounts.

We have carefully considered this part of your request and have come to the decision that due to the low numbers involved individual children would be identifiable. Therefore, this information is personal data as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998. As it is information about someone else by law, We are unable to give this to you.

We can confirm that we hold the information relating to the detail of the cost structure for 11+ testing that has been agreed with Durham University’s CEM Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring this year.

However we consider that disclosure of such information would prejudice the commercial interests of Durham University. Accordingly we consider that the exemption under s43 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 applies. The information requested would enable competitors of the University to obtain an understanding of the structure and level of charges made to the school for the tests, which would not otherwise be available to the University about its competitors. This would lead to competitors having an unfair advantage, and would therefore potentially prejudice the commercial interests of Durham University.

Thereafter we considered the public interest test (s43 is a qualified exemption) but do not consider there is an overriding public interest in providing the information. There is a general public interest in understanding how Schools spend their funds, but this would not be furthered by the release of the information that has been withheld here. We see no other genuine public interest in the information that has been requested that would override the ability of the University to carry out its commercial functions on a level playing field, which could be damaged by the release of the information requested.

Information not held. Additional cost is calculated based on a number of variables including the number of additional papers to be marked.

The formula is based on where the candidates sit the test.

CEM Assessments (University of Durham)

The information we are able to give about this can be found at https://strschool.co.uk/admissions/GGSH-Common-FAQ-2016-Entry.pdf. We are unable to give out any further information as it would compromise the integrity of the test.