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Publication Scheme

on information available under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

The governing body is responsible for maintenance of this scheme.

1. What a publication scheme is and why it has been developed

One of the aims of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (which is referred to as FOIA in the rest of this document) is that public authorities, including all maintained schools, should be clear and proactive about the information they will make public.

To do this, the governing body must produce a publication scheme, setting out:

  • The classes of information which we publish or intend to publish;
  • The manner in which the information will be published; and
  • Whether the information is available free of charge or on payment.

The scheme covers information already published and information which is to be published in the future.  All information in our publication scheme is either available for you on our website to download or available in paper form.

Some information which we hold may not be made public, for example personal information.

This publication scheme conforms to the model scheme for schools approved by the Information Commissioner.

2.   Aims and Objectives

The School was founded by and is in the trusteeship of the Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri, London, which is a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right.

The School is part of the Catholic Church. It is conducted as a Catholic School in accordance with the canon law and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, the trust deed of the London Oratory Charity, the historical mission of the Fathers of the London Oratory Church and, in particular:

religious education is to be in accordance with the teachings, doctrines, discipline and general and particular norms of the Catholic Church;

religious worship is to be in accordance with the rites, practices, discipline and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church;

and at all times the school is to serve as a witness to the Catholic faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The School aims to assist Catholic parents in fulfilling their obligation to educate their children in accordance with the principles and teachings of the Church; to do this within an environment which will encourage and support the spiritual, physical, moral and intellectual development of the child and help him to grow towards full Christian maturity; and to provide a wide and rich range of educational and cultural experiences which will encourage children to discover and develop their potential to its maximum and to strive for high standards of excellence in all activities.

3.   Categories of information published

 

The publication scheme guides you to information which we currently publish (or have recently published) or which we will publish in the future. This is split into categories of information known as ‘classes’. These are contained in section 6 of this scheme. 

The classes of information that we undertake to make available are organised into four broad topic areas:

School Prospectus:

information published in the school prospectus.

Governors’ Documents:

information published by the Governing Body.

Pupils & Curriculum:

information about policies that relate to pupils and the school curriculum.

School Policies and other information

related to the school:

information about policies that relate to the school in genera

4.   How to request information

 

If you require a paper version of any of the documents within the scheme, please either visit the school website or contact the school by telephone, email, fax or letter.  Contact details are set out below.

Website:                   www.london-oratory.org

Email:                          admin@los.ac

Telephone:               020 7385 0102

Fax:                             020 7381 7676

 Contact Address:       
The Headmaster
The London Oratory School
Seagrave Road
London, SW6 1RX

To help us process your request quickly, please clearly mark any correspondence “PUBLICATION SCHEME REQUEST” (in CAPITALS please).

If the information you are looking for is not available via the scheme and is not on our website, you can still contact the school to ask if we have it.

5.   Paying for information

Information published on our website is free, although you may incur costs from your Internet service provider.

Single copies of information covered by this publication are provided free unless stated otherwise in section 6. If your request means that a lot of photocopying or printing is involved, or pay a large postage charge, or is for a priced item such as some printed publications or videos, we will let you know the cost before meeting your request. Where there is a charge this will be indicated by a £ sign in the description box.

6.   Classes of Information Currently Published

School Prospectus – this section sets out information published in the school prospectus.

Class

Description

School Prospectus                                               

The statutory contents of the school prospectus are:
 

  • the name, address and telephone number of the School, and the type of school;
  • the names of the Headmaster and Chairman of Governors;
  • information on the School policy on admissions;

 

  • a statement of the School's ethos and values;
  • details of any affiliations with a particular religion or religious denomination, the religious education provided, parents' right to withdraw their child from religious education and collective worship and the alternative provision for those pupils;
  • information about the School's policy on providing for pupils with special educational needs;
  • number of pupils on roll and rates of pupils’ authorised and unauthorised absences;
  • National Curriculum assessment results for appropriate Key Stages, with national summary figures;
  • GCSE/GNVQ results in the School, locally and nationally;
  • a summary of GCE A/AS level results in the School and nationally;
  • the number of pupils studying for and percentage achieving other vocational qualifications;
  • the destinations of school leavers[1];
  • the arrangements for visits to the School by prospective parents; and
  • the number of places for pupils of normal ages of entry in the preceding school year and the number of written applications/preferences expressed for those places.                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Instrument of

Government                                    

  • The name of the School.
  • The category of the School.
  • The name of the governing body.
  • The manner in which the governing body is constituted.
  • The term of office of each category of governor if less than 4 years.
  • The name of any body entitled to appoint any category of governor.
  • Details of any trust.
  • If the school has a religious character, a description of the ethos.
  • The date the instrument takes effect.

Minutes of meeting of the governing body and its committees      1

Agreed minutes of meetings of the governing body and its committees for the current and last full academic school years.                                                                                                

 

1 Some information might be confidential or otherwise exempt from the publication by law – we cannot therefore publish all information.

Pupils & Curriculum Policies

 This section gives access to information about policies that relate to pupils and the school curriculum.

Class

Description

Home–school agreement

Statement of the School’s aims and values, the School’s responsibilities, the parental responsibilities and the School’s expectations of its pupils for example homework arrangements.                                                                                   

Curriculum

Policy

Statement on following the policy for the secular curriculum subjects and religious education and schemes of work and syllabuses currently used by the School.

Sex Education Policy

Statement of policy with regard to sex and relationship education.

Special Education Needs
Policy

Information about the School's policy on providing for pupils with special educational needs.

 

 

Accessibility Plans

Plan for increasing participation of disabled pupils in the School’s curriculum, improving the accessibility of the physical environment and improving delivery of information to disabled pupils.

Equality Policy

Statement of policy for promoting equality

Collective

Worship

Statement of arrangements for the required daily act of collective worship

Careers Education Policy                                               

Statement of the programmes of careers education provided for Key Stage 4.

Child Protection Policy

Statement of policy for safeguarding and promoting welfare of pupils at the school.

Pupil Discipline

Statement of general principles on behaviour and discipline and of measures taken by the head teacher to prevent bullying.

School Policies and other information related to the school

This section gives access to information about policies that relate to the School in general.

Class

Description

Published reports of Ofsted referring expressly to the School                                               

Published report of the last inspection of the School and the summary of the report and the last inspection reports of religious education.                                                                                         

Post-Ofsted inspection action plan

A plan setting out the actions required following the last Ofsted inspection and any action plan following inspection of religious education.

Charging and Remissions Policies

A statement of the School’s policy with respect to charges and remissions for any optional extra or board and lodging for which charges are permitted, for example school publications, music tuition, educational visits and trips.

School term dates

Details of dates of School terms and holidays.

Health and Safety Policy and risk assessment

Statement of general policy with respect to health and safety at work of employees (and others) and the organisation and arrangements for carrying out the policy.

Complaints procedure

Statement of procedures for dealing with complaints.

Performance Management of Staff

Statement of procedures adopted by the Governing Body relating to the performance management of staff and the annual report of the head teacher on the effectiveness of appraisal procedures.

Staff Conduct, Discipline and Grievance

Statement of procedure for regulating conduct and discipline of School staff and procedures by which staff may seek redress for grievance

7. Feedback

We welcome any comments or suggestions you may have about the scheme. If you want to make any comments about this publication scheme or if you require further assistance or wish to make a complaint then initially this should be addressed to the Headmaster.

If you are not satisfied with the assistance that you get or if we have not been able to resolve your complaint and you feel that a formal complaint needs to be made then this should be addressed to the Information Commissioner’s Office. This is the organisation that ensures compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and that deals with formal complaints.

The Commissioner may be contacted at:

Customer Contact Team, Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

or     Enquiry/Information Line:        0303 123 1113

e-mail:                                                   casework@ico.org.uk

Website:                                                www.ico.org.uk