From later this month, the rules around data protection are changing. The 'General Data Protection Regulation' (GDPR) will change how we can use personal data and keep it safe, and will also strengthen your rights over your own data.
The point of this is to make sure sensitive or private information about our students and parents stays safe. Whilst it is similar to the current Data Protection Act in many ways, there are a few differences, so we need to make a few changes at the school in order to ensure we remain compliant.
One of these changes is that we have updated our privacy notice. A copy of this has been sent home with all students and it is also attached below.
As part of our work to comply with the GDPR, we are also re-seeking consent for using photographs or videos of our students on our website, internal displays or other academy materials. This form has also been sent home with students, along with our Photography Policy, and we would appreciate it if these were completed and returned to the academy by Friday 25th May 2018. The information in these forms will be used throughout your child’s time at academy. You may withdraw your consent at any time by contacting the academy.
We also require explicit consent to hold biometric data relating to your child as used by the cashless catering system in the academy. A copy of our Biometric Policy and a consent form that can be completed by a parent/carer and your child has been sent home and attached below.
Finally, the GDPR requires the academy to ensure that all data held is accurate and up to date. Therefore, students have also received a data capture form that we would be grateful if you could complete and return to the academy to ensure that our records are correct.
If you have any questions about how the GDPR affects you, or how our school is preparing, you can contact either Mrs Sweeten or the academy office.