We collect and hold personal information relating to our pupils and may also receive information about them from their previous school. The school uses and processes pupil information within the remit of the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation), referred to throughout this statement as the GDPR.
The categories of pupil information that we collect, hold and share include:
- Personal information (such as name, unique pupil number and address)
- Characteristics (such as ethnicity, language, nationality, country of birth and Free School Meal eligibility)
- Attendance information (such as sessions attended, number of absences and absence reasons)
- Assessment information (such as internal tests, pupils progress information and examination results)
- Medical information (such as allergies to food, medication a student may require and medical incidents that have occurred inside or outside of school that may affect learning)
- Special Educational Needs and Disabilities information (such as specific learning difficulties, specific medical needs and previous learning or medical needs)
- Behavioural information (such as rewards, achievements, incident slips and exclusions)
- Information relating to episodes of being a child in need (such as referral information, assessment information, Section 47 information, Initial Child Protection information and Child Protection Plan information)
- Safeguarding information
- Episodes of being looked after (such as important dates, information on placements)
- Outcomes for looked after children (such as whether health and dental assessments are up to date, strengths and difficulties questionnaire scores and offending)
- Adoptions (such as dates of key court orders and decisions)
- Care leavers (such as their activity and what type of accommodation they have)
We also process special categories of personal data that may include:
- physical or mental health needs
- racial or ethnic origin
- criminal convictions data
- civil and criminal proceedings, outcomes and sentences
- religious or other beliefs of a similar nature
Why we collect and use this information
We use the pupil data:
- To support pupil learning
- To monitor and report on pupil progress
- To provide appropriate care and guidance
- To assess the quality of our services
- To comply with the law regarding data sharing
- Support these children and monitor their progress
- Provide them with pastoral care
- Assess the quality of our services
- Evaluate and improve our policies on children’s social care
- To safeguard young people
The lawful basis on which we use this information
We collect and use pupil information under Article 6 and Article 9 of the GDPR, this enables the school to process information such as assessments, special educational needs requests, Departmental Censuses under the Education Act 1996 and the Education Act 2005, examination results and other such data processes that relate educational data to the individual within the requirements for the school to provide education for the individual.
Collecting pupil information
Whilst the majority of pupil information you provide to us is mandatory, some of it is provided to us on a voluntary basis. In order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, we will inform you whether you are required to provide certain pupil information to us or if you have a choice in this.
How do we collect personal data?
Information may be collected in many different ways but predominantly as set out below:
- Face to face
- If you attend our school or we visit you, we may collect your personal data.
If you email us we may keep a record of your email address and the email as evidence of the contact. We are unable to guarantee the security of any email initiated by you and we recommend that you keep the amount of confidential information you send to us via email to a minimum.
Storing pupil data
We hold pupil data in line with our Data Retention Guidelines, which are available upon request.
Why we share pupil information
We do not share information about our pupils with anyone without consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so.
We share pupils’ data with the Department for Education (DfE) on a statutory basis. This data sharing underpins school funding and educational attainment policy and monitoring.
We are required to share information about our pupils with the (DfE) under regulation 5 of The Education (Information about Individual Pupils) (England) Regulations 2013.
We routinely share pupil information with:
- Schools that the pupils attend after leaving us
- Our local authority
- The Department for Education (DfE)
- The Police and Law Enforcement
- The School Nursing Team
- The National Health Service
- Our Careers Advisory Service
- Our Educational Welfare Officer
- Examination boards
- Companies providing services and in-education support programmes
Data collection requirements
To find out more about the data collection requirements placed on us by the Department for Education (for example; via the school census) go to https://www.gov.uk/education/data-collection-and-censuses-for-schools.
Youth Support Services
Once our pupils reach the age of 13, we also pass pupil information to our local authority and/or provider of youth support services as they have responsibilities in relation to the education or training of 13-19 year olds under section 507B of the Education Act 1996. This enables them to provide services as follows:
- Youth support services
- Careers advisers
A parent or carer can request that only their child’s name, address and date of birth is passed to their local authority or provider of youth support services by informing us. This right is transferred to the child/pupil once he/she reaches the age 16.
The National Pupil Database (NPD)
The NPD is owned and managed by the Department for Education and contains information about pupils in schools in England. It provides invaluable evidence on educational performance to inform independent research, as well as studies commissioned by the Department. It is held in electronic format for statistical purposes. This information is securely collected from a range of sources including schools, local authorities and awarding bodies.
We are required by law, to provide information about our pupils to the DfE as part of statutory data collections such as the school census. Some of this information is then stored in the NPD. The law that allows this is the Education (Information about Individual Pupils) (England) Regulations 2013.
To find out more about the NPD, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-pupil-database-user-guide-and-supporting-information.
The department may share information about our pupils from the NPD with third parties who promote the education or well-being of children in England by:
- Conducting research or analysis
- Producing statistics
- Providing information, advice or guidance
The Department has robust processes in place to ensure the confidentiality of our data is maintained and there are stringent controls in place regarding access and use of the data. Decisions on whether DfE releases data to third parties are subject to a strict approval process and based on a detailed assessment of:
- Who is requesting the data
- The purpose for which it is required
- The level and sensitivity of data requested; and
- The arrangements in place to store and handle the data
To be granted access to pupil information, organisations must comply with strict terms and conditions covering the confidentiality and handling of the data, security arrangements and retention and use of the data.
For more information about the department’s data sharing process, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/data-protection-how-we-collect-and-share-research-data
For information about which organisations the department has provided pupil information, (and for which project), please visit the following website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-pupil-database-requests-received
To contact DfE: https://www.gov.uk/contact-dfe
Requesting access to your personal data
Under data protection legislation, parents and pupils have the right to request access to information about them that we hold. To make a request for your personal information, or be given access to your child’s educational record, contact Mrs Tracy Willows, Data Protection Officer (DPO).
You also have the right to:
- Object to processing of personal data that is likely to cause, or is causing, damage or distress
- Prevent processing for the purpose of direct marketing
- Object to decisions being taken by automated means
- In certain circumstances, have inaccurate personal data rectified, blocked, erased or destroyed; and
- Claim compensation for damages caused by a breach of the Data Protection regulations
If you have a concern about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, we request that you raise your concern with us in the first instance. Alternatively, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/
If you would like to discuss anything in this privacy notice, please contact Mrs Willows.