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.

1. Please provide the number of children who were accepted into your grammar school in 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16
2. Please provide the number of admissions appeals submitted to your grammar school for 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16
3. Please provide the number of successful appeals made to your grammar school where the children met the academic standard and reasons.
4. Please provide the number of successful appeals made to your grammar school where the children did not meet the academic standard and reasons for admission.
1. 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.
Please provide the following:
The number of candidates that have sat an entrance exam to attend your school in each year since 2010
The number of candidates that have passed the entrance exam to attend your school in each year since 2010
The number of candidates that have been offered a place at your school in each year since 2010
The number of pupils on roll that attend your school that previously attended an independent school in each year since 2010
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
I request that you provide information about the number of children who took the 11plus exam at grammar schools in your area, together with the number of passes and fails, and the number of subsequent appeals.
I require this information for 2016 and for each of the years 2015-2010 inclusive.
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.
What is the total amount your school had spent on supply teachers in each academic year since 2010/2011?
What is the average daily rate of a supply teacher each academic year since 2010/2011?
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
The first three or four letters and figures of the postcode and the number of pupils resident in each of these areas
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.
Please provide details of whether your academy will provide sex and relationship education in the 2016-17 academic year;
Please provide details of at what age pupils at your academy will receive sex and relationship education in the 2016-17 academic year;
Please provide details of how many hours per term of sex and relationship education your pupils will receive in the 2016-17 academic year;
Please provide the number of pupils enrolled at your academy for the 2016-17 academic year.
We do intend to provide sex and relationship education to Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 with a maximum provision of 10 hours per term – our current roll is 995 pupils.
For each of the following years, how much has your school spent on advertisements for teaching positions a) 2010/11 b) 2011/12 c) 2012/13 d) 2013/14 e) 2014/15?
2010/11 - £4851
2011/12 - £10013
2012/13 - £9044
2013/14 - £11075
2014/15 - £8229
For each of these years, how much of this amount was spent on re-advertisements for teaching positions (where the position had not been filled following the first advertisement)?
We have not spent any money on re-advertisements.
In your school, how many non-specialists (those without a relevant post A-level qualification) are teaching a) Maths b) English c) Science d) History e) Geography e) Modern Foreign Languages?
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.
How many teaching vacancies does your school currently have in a) Maths b) English c) Science d) History e) Geography e) Modern Foreign Languages f) overall?
We do not currently have any vacancies for teaching staff.
Does your school use classroom management software? If so please specify the type of software and its capabilities.
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.
How much has your school spent on this software?
We have not spent any money on software designed specifically for this purpose.
The number of devices that the software has been installed on, please provide the following breakdown: School-owned devices, Pupil-owned devices.
School-owned devices: There are 30 machines with SANAKO installed on them; Pupil-owned devices: Zero
Does the school obtain consent from parents before installing the software on pupil owned devices?
We do not install software on pupil owned devices.
Copies of any documentation relating to the use of classroom management software in your school.
The only relevant documentation would be the school’s ICT policy which can be found on the school website.
"The numbers of pupils in each of the years Y7, Y8, Y9, Y10 and Y11 (for academic year 2015/2016) who are eligible for Free School Meals"
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.
“The numbers of pupils in Y7, Y8, &9, Y10 and Y11 (for academic year 2015/2016) who attended fee-paying private primary schools prior to attending Sir Thomas Rich’s School”
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.
How many children from your 2014 intake went to private/independent primary schools? (ie. Did NOT come from the state sector)
I can confirm that of the 113 boys admitted to Year 7 in September 2014, 16 had attended a private/independent primary school.
I am writing to obtain information about the number of your employees at your school who received remuneration of more than £100,000 in 2013-14.
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.
I would like to know which primary schools all children currently on the roll at Sir Thomas Rich’s School attended in Y6.
Please see the data in this PDF.
I would like to know the primary schools attended by children registered to take the entrance exam at Sir Thomas Rich’s on Saturday September 13, 2014
Please see the data in this PDF.
I would like to know the number of children from each primary school, and their year of entry to Sir Thomas Rich’s school.
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.
Please inform me of the cost structure for 11+ testing that has been agreed with Durham University's CEM entre for Evaluation and Monitoring for 11+ testing this year.
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.
Please inform me the current cost per additional paper that has to be marked, eg if 1000 extra candidates sit the test, what is the extra cost? Else what was the cost per additional paper?
Information not held. Additional cost is calculated based on a number of variables including the number of additional papers to be marked.
What formula is used to distribute the cost of testing between grammar schools?
The formula is based on where the candidates sit the test.
Please provide me with any evidence the University of Durham provided to the schools claiming that its tests were resistant to preparation and tests innate ability.
"We do not hold this information".
"CEM design their tests to enable all children to demonstrate their academic potential without excessive preparation." What evidence do you have or were given. Was the evidence independently verified?
"We do not hold this information".