GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)
The law around GDPR changed when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on 25th May 2018. It brought higher standards for handling data and greater expectations for improved transparency, enhanced data security and increased accountability for processing personal data. Schools have a legal duty to comply with the GDPR.
GDPR is set to strengthen and unify all data held within an organisation. For schools, GDPR brings a new responsibility to inform parents/carers and stakeholders about how they are using pupils’ data and who it is being used by.
What does GDPR mean for schools?
A great deal of the processing of personal data undertaken by schools falls under a specific legal basis, ‘in the public interest’. As it is in the public interest to operate schools successfully, it will mean that specific consent will not be needed in the majority of cases in schools.
GDPR will ensure data is protected and will give individuals more control over their data; however this means schools will have greater accountability for the data:
- Under GDPR, consent must be explicitly given to anything that isn’t within the normal business of the school, especially if it involves a third party managing the data. Parents/carers must express consent for their child’s data to be used outside of the normal business of the school.
- Schools must appoint a Data Protection Officer and be able to prove that they are GDPR compliant.
- Schools must ensure that their third party suppliers who may process any of their data is GDPR compliant and must have legally binding contracts with any company that processes any personal data. These contracts must cover what data is being processed, who it is being processed by, who has access to it and how it is protected.
- It will be compulsory that all data breaches which are likely to have a detrimental effect on the data subject are reported to the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) within 72 hours.
Subject Access Requests:
If you wish to make a Subject Access Request, these need to be made in writing addressed to the Head Teacher and the Data Protection Officer in school. We will acknowledge receipt of your request and work to provide the information requested within the legal time frame.
GDPR letter for website
GDPR Policy 2021_2022.docx
Privacy Notice Staff June 2020
Privacy Notice Pupils June 2020
Privacy Notice Parents Carers June 2020
Privacy Notice LAC and CIN Pupils June 2020
Privacy Notice Governors June 2020
Don’t hesitate to contact the school or Data Protection Officer if you have any questions or queries. Our Data Protection Officer is Melody Hockaday, School Business Manager.