This is Yew Tree Community School’s Publication Scheme

on information available under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

The governing body is responsible for maintenance of this scheme.

1.         Introduction: 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 we 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.
  • help every child develop the skills, knowledge and personal qualities needed for life and work,
    • 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

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 and print off 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 aims to:

  • enable every child to fulfil their learning potential, with education that meets the needs of each child,

and this publication scheme is a means of showing how we are pursuing these aims.

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 in the Governors Annual Report and in other governing body documents.

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 general.

4.         How to request information

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

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Tel: 0121 464 2967

Fax: 0121 464 5067

Contact Address: Yew Tree Community School, Yew Tree Road, Aston, Birmingham B6 6RX

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

If the information you’re looking for isn’t available via the scheme [and isn’t 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. If you don’t have Internet access, you can access our website using a local library or an Internet café.

Single copies of information covered by this publication are provided free unless stated otherwise in section 6. If your request means that we have to do a lot of photocopying or printing, 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 fulfilling your request. Where there is a charge this will be indicated by a £ sign in the description box.

6.         Classes of Information Currently Published



Instrument of Government


Minutes [1] of   meeting of the governing body and its committees

Agreed   minutesof meetings of the governing body   and its committees [current and last   full academic school year]

Pupils & Curriculum Policies - This section gives access to information about policies that relate to pupils and the school curriculum.



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.

Race   Equality Policy

Statement of   policy for promoting race equality

Collective   Worship

Statement   of arrangements for the required daily act of collective worship

Child   Protection Policy

Statement   of policy for safeguarding and promoting welfare of pupils at the school. (from March 2004)

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.



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 where   appropriate inspection reports of religious education in those schools   designated as having a religious character

Post-Ofsted   inspection action plan

A plan   setting out the actions required following the last Ofsted inspection and   where appropriate an action plan following inspection of religious education   where the school is designated as having a religious character

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, trips

School   session times and term dates

Details of   school session and 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

Curriculum   circulars and statutory instruments

Any   statutory instruments, departmental circulars and administrative memoranda   sent by the Department of Education and Skills to the head teacher or   governing body relating to the curriculum

Annex A - Other   documents

Annex A   provides a list of other documents that are held by the school and are available   on request


[** Information available on our website]

7.         Feedback and Complaints

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 Chair of Governors, Yew Tree Community School, Yew Tree Road, Aston, Birmingham B6 6RX

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. They can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water   Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF


Enquiry/Information Line:            01625 545 700

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[1] Some information might be confidential or otherwise exempt from the publication by law – we cannot therefore publish this