Freedom of Information
Please see our policies on Data Protection, Information and our Freedom of Information Scheme which can be viewed or downloaded from our Policy Section here.
Freedom of Information Request
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public access to information held by public authorities. The Willows Academy Trust FOI policy and publication scheme sets out what information we make available to the public as part of our activities and how members of the public can request information.
Willows Academy Trust is committed to being open and transparent. We aim to publish as much information as possible on our websites but if there is any other information that you require please email our data protection officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
Data Protection Officer c/o
Sawley Junior School
Requests for information must be submitted in writing and include the requester’s real name, an address (postal or email) for correspondence, and describe the information requested. We will respond to requests within 20 school days (or 60 working days – whichever is shorter).
Where there is a cost of compliance, we will send you a fees notice as soon as possible after we receive you request. We will also advise if an exemption applies or if we need additional time to conduct a public interest test. The time starts when the school receives the request and extra time may be allowed if further clarification is needed from the requester or, if there is a cost of compliance, payment is made.
It is important to remember that the FOI Act does not cover personal data as this is covered by the UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018.
The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR's) give the right of access to environmental information. The EIR's are like the Freedom of Information Act 2000 but there are some differences. A request can be verbal or written (electronic or hardcopy).
We will respond to a request within 20 working days. If the request is complex and/or there are many requests from the same person we can extend by a further 20 days and will advise you of the situation. If it is not clear what you are asking for, we will contact you for clarification as soon as possible within the 20 days’ timescale. The ICO provide full guidance on processing requests, including the exceptions.