Incidents caused by estates and infrastructure failure at the maintained schools (FOI-4638)
Dear ***** *****
Re: Freedom of Information Request.
Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, received 25 October 2019. Your request has been considered and our response is in bold below.
You requested the following:
Please provide details of any incidents caused by estates and infrastructure failure at the maintained schools in your Local Authority.
Estates and infrastructure failure will include, but is not limited to, • Power and/or heating failures • Fires and false alarms (where caused by equipment faults or malfunction, deliberate/malicious causes should be excluded) • Water and/or sewage supply • Pest control •Mould and/or Damp •Leaks •Electrical Failure
For each incident, please provide a summary of the incident and its impact on the health and safety of staff and pupils.
Please also provide details on whether these incidents caused the school estate to be closed, or partially close
The Council’s Response
We do not retain the information you seek in relation to the headings that you have listed.
The majority of the examples you give for estate and infrastructure failure are dealt with locally by the individual schools rather than by the local authority.
It may be possible to provide some of the data you require if you are able to be more specific by confirming the timescale you wish to be examined ideally expressed as a start and end date. Also, if you could narrow the range of estate and infrastructure failures by being more specific, as many of these would not be dealt with at local authority level. As a general principle we do not collate this type of information as there is no benefit or requirement to do so.
Please also note that the local authority is not responsible for all maintained schools within the geographical area of the London Borough of Hackney. For example, free schools and academies are state maintained schools, but most will have only a limited interaction with the Local Authority. We would not, therefore, be able to provide the information sought in relation to "incidents caused by estates and infrastructure failure" for non-Community schools, unless the Local Authority had been directly involved, which would be the exception rather than the rule.
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