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.

Balnacraig School 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 to see what information Balnacraig School 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

Balnacraig School 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 Balnacraig School 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)
A3 0.6 6p
A4 0.6 6p

Information provided on CD-Rom will be charged at £2.00 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:

Balnacraig School, Fairmount Terrace, Perth, PH2 7AR, 01738 636456

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 BALNACRAIG SCHOOL
Class description:

Information about Balnacraig School, 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
School structure, names, roles and responsibilities of senior staff and board members
School opening hours
School term times, holidays and INSET days
Contact details for customer care and complaints
This Guide to Information
How to make an information request to the school All information requests to be submitted to admin@balnacraig.net

Balnacraig School

Fairmount Terrace

Perth

PH2 7AR

01738 636456

Governance structures: board, committees, other decision-making structures
CLASS 2: HOW BALNACRAIG SCHOOL 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
Strategies, school policies and internal staff procedures for delivering the school’s functions, including allocation, quality and standards.
How to report a concern to the school  
Reports about how the school delivers its functions
List of services provided by the school, including the statutory basis for them (where applicable)  

 

Information for service users, including how to access the services
School newsletters and news sheets
Parent guides e.g. on GIRFEC, SQA exam guides
CLASS 3: HOW BALNACRAIG SCHOOL 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
Information in relation to how Balnacraig takes decisions and what it has decided can be obtained from the Chief Executive. Requests should be submitted via post to the following address:-

Chief Executive

Balnacraig School

Fairmount Terrace

Perth

PH2 7AR

01738 636456

Please mark as private and confidential and provide full details of the information required as well as a telephone contact number, in the event that we require to contact you in relation to the request.

CLASS 4: WHAT BALNACRAIG SCHOOL 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 Accounts of Balnacraig School
CLASS 5: HOW BALNCRAIG SCHOOL MANAGES ITS HUMAN, PHYSICAL AND INFORMATION RESOURCES
Class description:

Information about how we manage the human, physical and information resources of Balnacraig School

The information we publish under this class

Information in relation to how Balnacraig manages it Human, Physical and Information Resources can be obtained from the Business Administrator.

How to access it

Requests should be submitted via post to the following address:-

Business Administrator

Balnacraig School

Fairmount Terrace

PERTH

PH2 7AR

01738 636456

Please mark as private and confidential and provide full details of the information required as well as a telephone contact number, in the event that we require to contact you in relation to the request.

CLASS 6: HOW BALNACRAIG SCHOOL 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
Information in relation to how Balnacraig takes decisions and what it has decided can be obtained from the Finance Department Requests should be submitted via post to the following address:-

Finance Department

Balnacraig School

Fairmount Terrace

Perth

PH2 7AR

Please mark as private and confidential and provide full details of the information required as well as a telephone contact number, in the event that we require to contact you in relation to the request.

CLASS 7: HOW BALNACRAIG SCHOOL IS PERFORMING
Class description:

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

The information we publish under this class How to access it
Education Scotland Inspection reports
Care Inspectorate Inspection reports

 

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 We do not hold or publish any information under this class.
CLASS 9: Our Open Data
Class description:

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

The information we publish under this class N/A