On 25th May 2018, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaced the Data Protection Act 1998.
Under General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) we are obliged to inform you of the information we hold on and your children, what we use it for, who we share it with, and for how long we keep it. This privacy notice (also known as a fair processing notice) aims to provide you with this information. If it, or any information linked to is unclear, please contact the school office or the school’s Data Controller. Contact details for are available at the end of this privacy notice.
We, Codnor Community Primary School, Whitegates, Codnor, Derbyshire DE5 9QD are the Data Controller for the purposes of data protection law.
The categories of pupil and parent information that we collect, hold and share include but are not limited to:
We may also hold data about pupils that we have received from other organisations, including other schools, local authorities and the Department for Education.
We use the pupil and parent data:
Our lawful basis for collecting and processing pupil information is defined under Article 6, and the following sub-paragraphs in the GDPR apply:
(a) Data subject gives consent for one or more specific purposes.
(c) Processing is necessary to comply with the legal obligations of the controller.
(d) Processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject.
(e) Processing is necessary for tasks in the public interest or exercise of authority vested in the controller (the provision of education).
Our lawful basis for collecting and processing pupil information is also further defined under Article 9, in that some of the information we process is deemed to be sensitive, or special, information and the following sub-paragraphs in the GDPR apply:
(a) The data subject has given explicit consent.
(b) It is necessary to fulfil the obligations of controller or of data subject.
(c) It is necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject.
(d) Processing is carried out by a foundation or not-for-profit organisation (includes religious, political or philosophical organisations and trade unions).
(g) Reasons of public interest in the area of public health.
(i) It is in the public interest.
A full breakdown of the information we collect on pupils can be requested from the school office.
Where we have obtained consent to use pupils’ personal data, this consent can be withdrawn at any time. We will make this clear when we ask for consent, and explain how consent can be withdrawn.
Some of the reasons listed above for collecting and using pupils’ personal data overlap, and there may be several grounds which justify our use of this data.
An example of how we use the information you provide is:
The submission of the school census returns, including a set of named pupil records, is a statutory requirement on schools under Section 537A of the Education Act 1996.
Putting the school census on a statutory basis:
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. Where we have obtained consent to use pupils' personal data, this consent can be withdrawn at any time. We will make this clear when we ask for consent, and explain how consent can be withdrawn.
We hold pupil data whilst the child remains at Codnor Community Primary School. The file will follow the pupil when they leave Codnor Community Primary School. However where there is a legal obligation to retain the information beyond that period, it will be retained in line with our retention policy.
We have data protection policies and procedures in place, including strong organisational and technical measures, which are regularly reviewed.
We routinely share pupil information with appropriate third parties, including:
Where we transfer personal data to a country or territory outside the European Economic Area, we will do so in accordance with data protection law.
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 our local authority (LA) and the Department for Education (DfE) under section 3 of The Education (Information About Individual Pupils) (England) Regulations 2013.
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.
The NPD is owned and managed by the DfE 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 NPD, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-pupil-database-user-guide-and-supporting-information.
The DfE may share information about our pupils from the NPD with third parties who promote the education or wellbeing of children in England by:
The DfE 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:
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 DfE’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 DfE 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 the DfE: https://www.gov.uk/contact-dfe.
Under data protection legislation, parents and pupils have the right to request access to information about them that we hold, through a Subject Access Request.
Parents/carers can make a request with respect to their child’s data where the child is not considered mature enough to understand their rights over their own data (usually under the age of 12), or where the child has provided consent.
Parents also have the right to make a subject access request with respect to any personal data the school holds about them. If you make a subject access request, and if we do hold information about you or your child, we will:
Individuals also have the right for their personal information to be transmitted electronically to another organisation in certain circumstances.
If you would like to make a request please contact our school office.
Parents/carers also have a legal right to access to their child’s educational record. To request access, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of Mr James Blake (Headteacher).
You also have the right to:
We take any complaints about our collection and use of personal information very seriously.
If you think that our collection or use of personal information is unfair, misleading or inappropriate, or have any other concern about our data processing, please raise this with us in the first instance.
To make a complaint, please contact our Headteacher, Mr James Blake. Alternatively, you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office. You can: