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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50167506
  • Date: 25 November 2009
  • Public Authority: Office for Standards in Education
  • Summary: The complainant requested a number of pieces of information in relation to an inspection of Bishop Vessey’s Grammar School, Birmingham, which took place in November 2006. Ofsted relied upon sections 33 and 41 to withhold this information. Following correspondence with the complainant the Commissioner limited his investigation to Ofsted’s withholding of the Evidence Forms relating to this inspection. During the Commissioner’s investigation Ofsted informed him that it was no longer seeking to rely upon sections 33 and 41. Instead it was seeking to rely upon sections 40(2) and 40(3)(a)(i) to withhold some of the information on the Evidence Forms. It also disclosed some of the previously withheld information to the complainant. After investigating the case the Commissioner decided that majority of the outstanding information should be withheld under sections 40(2) and 40(3)(a)(i). However, he also believes that some of the outstanding information can be disclosed to the complainant in an anonymous format. Finally, the Commissioner also found that Ofsted had not met with the requirements of sections 1, 10 and 17 of the Act. This decision notice is currently under appeal to the Information Tribunal.
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