Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, every public authority has a duty to specify what information they publish (in terms of ‘information classes’), how the information is made available, and whether it is available free of charge, or upon payment of a fee.  We have adopted the information classes of the Model Publication Scheme for Further Education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  This has been approved by the Information Commissioner.

Access to Information

Some information may be downloaded from the College’s website; other information will be supplied upon request in a paper format or in an electronic form, where appropriate.

The College can refuse an entire request under the following circumstances:

  • It would cost too much or take too much staff time to deal with the request.
  • The request is vexatious.
  • The request repeats a previous request from the same person.

In addition, the Freedom of Information Act contains a number of exemptions that allows the College to withhold information e.g. commercial interests.

Charges for supplying information

The College makes no charge for downloading information from its website.

The College will normally make a charge for photocopying information included in the Publication Scheme.

If information outside the publication scheme is requested, the College may charge for photocopying and, if necessary, converting the information to your preferred format.  We will ask you whether you wish to continue with the request before we do work that will attract a charge.


Where the information requested is readily available, we aim to provide this within a few days.  Where it takes longer to gather the information, we aim to supply the information within 20 working days.


Please apply in writing to the Clerk to the Board, South Tyneside College, St Georges Ave, South Shields, NE34 6ET.

Describe the information you are requesting as clearly as possible and remember to include your name and address.


A copy of our Freedom of Information Policy can be found in the Policies section