Freedom of Information


What is Freedom of information?


The following extract from the ICO website explains further: -

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public access to information held by public authorities.

It does this in two ways:

  • public authorities are obliged to publish certain information about their activities; and
  • members of the public are entitled to request information from public authorities.

The Act covers any recorded information that is held by a public authority in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and by UK-wide public authorities based in Scotland. Information held by Scottish public authorities is covered by Scotland’s own Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Public authorities include government departments, local authorities, the NHS, state schools and police forces. However, the Act does not necessarily cover every organisation that receives public money. For example, it does not cover some charities that receive grants and certain private sector organisations that perform public functions.

Recorded information includes printed documents, computer files, letters, emails, photographs, and sound or video recordings.

The Act does not give people access to their own personal data (information about themselves) such as their health records or credit reference file. If a member of the public wants to see information that a public authority holds about them, they should make a data protection subject access request.


Publication scheme

Our school has adopted the ICO's model publication scheme which can be viewed via the link below: -

Thurstonland Endowed (VC) First School Publication Scheme

Guide to Information

Under the publication scheme we are required to publish the methods by which specific information will be made available. Please see our current Guide to Information as set out below: -

Thurstonland Endowed (VC) First School Guide to Information

How to make a Freedom of Information request

Please contact the School Business Manager via any of the means below:-

Telephone: 01484 666480 


Post: Thurstonland First School, Marsh Hall Lane, Thurstonland, Huddersfield, HD4 6XD