Why do we collect and use personal information?
We collect and use personal information:
- to support pupil learning
- to monitor and report on pupil progress
- to provide appropriate pastoral care
- to assess the quality of our services and how well our school is doing
- Statistical forecasting and planning
- to comply with the law (including legal requirements to share data with the local authority and Department of Education)
- to keep children safe (food allergies or emergency contact details)
- to meet the statutory duties placed upon us by the Department of Education.
The categories of personal information that we collect, hold and share include:
- Personal information (such as name, unique pupil number and address)
- Characteristics (such as ethnicity, language, and free school meal eligibility)
- Attendance information (such as sessions attended, number of absences, absence reasons and any previous schools attended) and exclusions
- Assessment information
- Modes of travel
- Relevant medical, special educational needs and behavioural information
- Safeguarding information (such as court orders and professional involvement).
Legal Basis for Processing
The General Data Protection Regulation allows us to collect and use pupil information with consent of the data subject, where we are complying with a legal requirement, where processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of a data subject or another person and where processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller. When the personal information is Special Category Information we may rely on processing being in the substantial public interest in addition to consent of the data subject and the vital interests of the data subject or another.
Our requirement for this data and our legal basis for processing this data includes the Education Act 1996, 2002 and 2011, The Children’s Act 1989 and 2004, Education and Skills Act 2008, Schools Standards and Framework Act 1998 and the Equalities Act 2010.
Collecting personal information
Whilst the majority of personal 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 personal information to us or if you have a choice in this. Where we are using your personal information only on the basis of your permission you may ask us to stop processing this personal information at any time.
Storing personal data
We hold pupil data for / in accordance with the Hampshire County Council Retention Schedule. We hold our pupils’ education records securely until the children change school. The records will then be transferred to the new school, where they will be retained until the child reaches the age of 25, after which the records are safely destroyed.
Who do we share pupil information with?
We routinely share pupil information with:
- local authorities
- the Department for Education (DfE)
- outside agencies to support pupil learning and statistical planning
- outside agencies to support pupil pastoral care (including: school nurses, CAMHS, Behaviour Support Services, Children’s Services and the Police)
- outside agencies for communication between school and home
Why we share pupil information
We do not share personal information 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 our local authority (LA) and the Department for Education (DfE) under section 3 of The Education (Information About Individual Pupils) (England) Regulations 2013.
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 and early years’ 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 pupil information we share with the department, for the purpose of data collections, go to https://www.gov.uk/education/data-collection-and-censuses-for-schools.
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:
- local authorities
- organisations connected with promoting the education or wellbeing of children in England
- other government departments and agencies
- organisations fighting or identifying crime.
For more information about the department’s data sharing process, please visit:
Organisations fighting or identifying crime may use their legal powers to contact DfE to request access to individual level information relevant to detecting that crime. Whilst numbers fluctuate slightly over time, DfE typically supplies data on around 600 pupils per year to the Home Office and roughly one per year to the Police.
For information about which organisations the department has provided pupil information, (and for which project), or to access a monthly breakdown of data share volumes with Home Office and the Police, please visit the following website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dfe-external-data-shares
To contact DfE: https://www.gov.uk/contact-dfe
Requesting access to your personal data
Under the General Data Protection Regulation, 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 our data protection administrator Mrs Anna Evans via the school office.
You also have the right, subject to some limitations 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
- a right to seek redress, either through the ICO or through the courts.
If you have a concern about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, you should raise your concern with us in the first instance or directly to 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 Anna Evans.