Freedom of Information

GUIDE TO INFORMATION

Freedom of information (FOI) law requires Scottish public authorities to produce and maintain a publication scheme. Authorities are under a legal obligation to:

  • publish the classes of information that they make routinely available
  • tell the public how to access the information and what it might cost.

Camphill School Aberdeen (CSA) is a Scottish public authority under FOI law and it has adopted the Model Publication Scheme produced by the Scottish Information Commissioner. View the Model Publication Scheme at www.itspublicknowledge.info/mps

The purpose of this Guide to Information is to:

  • let you see what information CSA publishes under each class of the Model Publication Scheme
  • tell you how to find the information easily
  • tell you about any charges for the information
  • give contact details for enquiries and help with accessing the information
  • explain how to request information we haven’t published 

Availability and formats

The information we publish through the Model Publication Scheme is, wherever possible, available on our website. We offer alternative arrangements for people who do not want to, or cannot, access the information online or by inspection at our premises. For example, we can usually arrange to send information to you in paper copy (although there may be a charge for this).

Exempt information

We will publish the information we hold that falls within the classes of information below. If a document contains information that is exempt under Scotland’s freedom of information laws (for example sensitive personal information or a trade secret), we may remove or redact the information before publication but we will explain why.

Copyright

CSA has adopted the Open Government Licence (OGL) for the information it publishes through this Guide. You can view the OGL here: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/. This sets out what you can and cannot do with our published information where we are the copyright holder. 

Where CSA does not hold the copyright in information we publish, we will make that clear in this guide.

Charges

There is no charge to view information on our website or at our premises.

We may charge for providing information to you e.g., photocopying and postage, but we will charge you no more than it actually costs us to do so. We will always tell you what the cost is before providing the information to you.

Our photocopying charge per sheet of paper is shown in the table below:

Size of paper

Pence per single sided copy (black and white)

Pence per single sided copy (colour)

A1

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A2

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A3

16p

32p

A4

8p

16p

A5

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Information provided on CD-Rom will be charged at £1.00 per computer disc.

We will recharge any postage costs at the rate we paid to send the information to you.

When providing copies of pre-printed publications, we will charge no more than the cost per copy of the total print run. 

We do not pass on any other costs to you for our published information.

This charging schedule does not apply to our commercial publications (see Class 8 below). These items are offered for sale through retail outlets such as book shops, academic journal websites or museum shops and their price reflects a ‘market value’ which may include the cost of production.

Contact us

You can contact us for assistance with any aspect of this publication scheme:

Camphill School Aberdeen
Murtle House
Bieldside
Aberdeen AB15 9EP
Email: foi@crss.org.uk
Tel: 01224 867935

We will also be pleased to advise you how to ask for information that we do not publish or how to complain if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of this publication scheme.

The classes of information that we publish

We publish the information that we hold within the following classes. Once information is published under a class we will continue to make it available for the current and previous two financial years.

Where information has been updated or superseded, only the current version will be available. If you would like to see previous versions, you are welcome to make a request to us for that information.

CLASS 1: ABOUT CAMPHILL SCHOOL ABERDEEN

Class description:

Information about Camphill School Aberdeen, who we are, where to find us, how to contact us, how we are managed and our external relations

The information we publish under this class

How to access it

School name, address and contact details, including contact during holidays

Contact Us

School structure, names, roles and responsibilities of senior staff and board members

School Management

Board of Trustees

School opening hours

Opening Hours

School term times, holidays and INSET days

Term Dates

Contact details for customer care and complaints

Policies and Procedures - Expressing a Concern

This Guide to Information

Guide to Information

How to make an information request to the school

Please email: foi@crss.org.uk

Our charges for information that has not been published*

See 'Charges' above

Legal framework for the school e.g., s29 of the Education Act, constitution, company details, etc.

Articles of Association

Camphill School Aberdeen is a business name of Camphill Rudolf Steiner Schools Limited

Registered Company No. SC103899 (Scotland)

Charity No: SC015588

Independent School No: 5381142

Education Additional Support for Learning Act 2005/ and
different sections of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995: 23, 25 and 31.

Governance structures: board, committees, other decision-making structures

School Management

School strategies e.g., stakeholder engagement, equality

Parent Evaluations

School planning processes

Strategic Plan

How the school is held accountable, including reporting requirements of regulators

Inspection Reports

Internal and external audit arrangements

Inspection Reports

Subsidiary companies or other significant financial interests

No information under this class

Contractual agreements with local authorities

Every pupil and Young Adult has an individualised contract.

CSA is included as an approved supplier in both the Scotland Excel Children’s Residential Care and Education Services Framework Agreement 03-11 (service options 1 to 4), and the National Framework for Care Homes for Adults with Learning Difficulties.

Membership of advisory bodies e.g., SCIS and ETCS and links to more information

Advisory Bodies

 

 

 

CLASS 2: HOW CAMPHILL SCHOOL ABERDEEN DELIVERS OUR FUNCTIONS AND SERVICES

Class description:

Information about our work, our strategy and policies for delivering functions and services and information for our service users.

The information we publish under this class

How to access it

Description of the school’s functions

Current Services

Strategies, school policies and internal staff procedures for delivering the school’s functions, including allocation, quality and standards.

Policies and Procedures

How to report a concern to the school

Policies and Procedures - Expressing a Concern

Reports about how the school delivers its functions

Current Services

How the school charges (generally) for its services and functions (Scottish Excel Framework)

Each Pupil and Young Adult have an individualised fee based on service requirements and needs.

CSA is included as an approved supplier in both the Scotland Excel Children’s Residential Care and Education Services Framework Agreement 03-11 (service options 1 to 4), and the National Framework for Care Homes for Adults with Learning Difficulties.  

List of services provided by the school, including the statutory basis for them (where applicable)

Current Services

Service schedules and delivery plans, for example school improvement plan

Strategic Plan

School Improvement Plan

Information for service users, including how to access the services

Admissions

School newsletters and news sheets

News

Parent guides e.g. on GIRFEC, SQA exam guides, etc (where published by the school)

No information under this class

 

 

 

CLASS 3: HOW CAMPHILL SCHOOL ABERDEEN TAKES DECISIONS AND WHAT IT HAS DECIDED

Class description:

Information about the decisions we take, how we make decisions and how we involve others

The information we publish under this class

How to access it

Decisions taken by the school: agendas, reports and papers provided for consideration and minutes of Board (or equivalent) meetings

To be added

Public consultations and the outcomes of engagement with stakeholders

Parent Evaluations

Reports of any regulatory inspections, audits and investigations carried out by the school. School Improvement partner visits.

Inspection Reports

 

CLASS 4: WHAT CAMPHILL SCHOOL ABERDEEN SPENDS AND HOW IT SPENDS IT

Class description:

Information about our strategy for, and management of, financial resources (in sufficient detail to explain how we plan to spend public money and what has actually been spent.

The information we publish under this class

How to access it

Financial statements, including annual accounts, financial statements required by statute and any regular statements e.g., quarterly budget statements

Statutory Accounts

Financial policies and procedures for budget allocation

CSA Financial Regulations

Budget allocation to key policy / function / service areas

CSA Financial Procedures

Purchasing plans and capital funding plans

No information under this class

Financial administration manual / internal financial regulations

CSA Financial Procedures

Expenses policies and procedures

CSA Financial Procedures

Senior staff / board member expenses at category level e.g., travel, subsistence and accommodation

CSA Financial Procedures

Board member remuneration other than expenses

No Board remuneration

Pay and grading structure (levels of pay rather than individual salaries)

No information under this class

Investments, summary information about endowments, investments and school pension fund

Employee Stakeholder Pension Scheme held with Standard Life

Any grants available from the school, how to apply for them and funding awards made

No grants available

 

CLASS 5: HOW CAMPHILL SCHOOL ABERDEEN MANAGES ITS HUMAN, PHYSICAL AND INFORMATION RESOURCES

Class description:

Information about how we manage the human, physical and information resources of Camphill School Aberdeen.

The information we publish under this class

How to access it

Strategy for and management of human resources

School Management

Human resources policies, procedures and guidelines, including: recruitment, performance management, salary and grading, promotion, pensions, discipline, grievance, staff development, staff records

Policies and Procedures, including, but not restricted to, Recruitment, Protection of Vulnerable Groups, Training, Whistleblowing, Conditions of Service, Discipline and Grievance.

Employee relations structures and agreements reached with recognised trade unions and professional organisations

CSA has the practice of holding regular meetings with employees to discuss and share information about the organisation and update our workforce.

An ‘open door’ policy is in place with access to management at all levels.

No Trade Union agreement is in place, however, Trade Unions are recognised in line with legislation and ACAS guidelines.

Management of the school’s land and property assets, including environmental / sustainability report

The school’s land and property is owned by Camphill Rudolf Steiner Estates Ltd (CRSE) and rented by CSA on a self–maintaining lease. Land and properties are audited annually by CSA and ongoing repair and renewal is planned and carried out by CSA in line with its Strategic Plan.

Description of the school’s land and property holdings

The school’s land and property owned by Camphill Rudolf Steiner Estates Ltd and rented by CSA currently includes all of the land and buildings on Murtle, Camphill  and Cairnlee estates, except for the buildings and adjacent land which are rented from CRSE by the Camphill Medical Practice and Camphill Wellbeing Trust on Murtle estate and by Simeon Care for the Elderly on Cairnlee estate.

Estate development plans

Major structural refurbishment and capital development of CRSE land and properties rented by CSA is subject to application being made by CSA Board of Trustees and adoption by CRSE in its overall development plan.

Property and land maintenance arrangements

As noted above: The school’s land and property is owned by Camphill Rudolf Steiner Estates Ltd (CRSE) and rented by CSA on a self–maintaining lease. Land and properties are audited annually by CSA and ongoing repair and renewal is planned and carried out by CSA in line with its Strategic Plan.

Records management policy, including records retention schedule

To be added

Information governance / asset management policies and procedures, information asset list

To be added

Knowledge management policies and procedures

No information under this class

Lists of statistical information published by the school

No information under this class

Freedom of information policies and procedures

Policies and Procedures - Freedom of Information Policy

Data protection or privacy policy

Policies and Procedures - Data Protection Policy (Care and Education)

 

CLASS 6: HOW CAMPHILL SCHOOL ABERDEEN PROCURES GOODS AND SERVICES FROM EXTERNAL PROVIDERS

Class description:

Information about how we procure goods and services, and our contracts with external providers

The information we publish under this class

How to access it

Procurement policies and procedures

CSA Financial Procedures

Invitations to tender

CSA Financial Procedures

List of contracts which have gone through formal tendering, including name of supplier, period of contract, and value

No information under this class

 

CLASS 7: HOW CAMPHILL SCHOOL ABERDEEN IS PERFORMING

Class description:

Information about how Camphill School Aberdeen performs as an organisation, and how well it delivers its functions and services

The information we publish under this class

How to access it

External reports e.g., annual report, performance statements required by statute (e.g., section 32 of the Public Service Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 if applicable

Statutory Accounts

Performance indicators and performance against them

Strategic Plan

Education Scotland Inspection reports (links to ES website)

Inspection Reports

Education Scotland website

Care Inspectorate Inspection reports (links to CI website)

Inspection Reports

Care Inspectorate website

 

CLASS 8: OUR COMMERCIAL PUBLICATIONS

Class description:

Information packaged and made available for sale on a commercial basis and sold at market value through a retail outlet e.g. bookshop, museum or research journal.

The information we publish under this class

How to access it

No information under this class

 

 

CLASS 9: OUR OPEN DATA

Class description:

Open data made available by the school as described by the Scottish Government’s  Open Data Resource Pack and available under an open licence.

The information we publish under this class

How to access it

No information under this class