ABBERLEY HALL PRIVACY NOTICE
1. Abberley Hall is registered under the Data Protection Act 1998. This means that the purposes for which the School collects and processes personal data is notified to and registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), under the Registration Number Z747810X
2. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on 25 May 2018, strengthens the rights individuals have over the personal data processed by organisations.
3. Abberley Hall will collect information which is required to operate the School for a number of specific reason whether it be to safeguard the children and staff in our care, our alumni, current and past parents and guardians and the Foundation so we are able to properly carry out our school and charitable functions.
4. This information is provided because Data Protection Law gives individuals rights to understand how their data is used. Staff, parents and pupils are all encouraged to read this Privacy Notice and understand the school’s obligations to its entire community.
5. All information will only be used for the purpose it is originally required. If further use is needed permission will be sought. The legal grounds for processing the information are outlined under each section.
6. Please note that our website states:
Abberley Hall School will only use the personal information submitted via this site to respond to your query, send future correspondence and email promotions. You can unsubscribe at any time by contacting us by post or email.
7. The Data Protection Officer (DPO) for Abberley Hall School is: Josephine Drury (nee Parkinson) email@example.com. Josephine Drury the DPO will deal with all requests and enquiries concerning the school’s uses of your personal data and endeavour to ensure that all personal data is processed in compliance with this policy and Data Protection Law.
8. This Privacy Notice applies alongside any other information the school may provide about a particular use of personal data, for example when collecting data via an online or paper form.
9. This Privacy Notice also applies in addition to the school's other relevant terms and conditions and policies, including:
- any contract between the school and its staff or the parents of pupils
- the school's policy on taking, storing and using images of children
- the school’s CCTV policy (in draft)
- the school’s retention of records policy
- the school's safeguarding, medical pastoral, or health and safety policies, including as to how concerns or incidents are recorded
- the school's IT policies, including its Acceptable Use policy and eSafety policy
10. Anyone who works for, or acts on behalf of, the school (including staff, volunteers, governors and service providers) should also be aware of and comply with this Privacy Notice and the school's data protection policy for staff, which also provides further information about how personal data about those individuals will be used.
WHY THE SCHOOL NEEDS TO PROCESS PERSONAL DATA
11. In order to carry out its ordinary duties to staff, pupils and parents, the school needs to process a range of personal data about individuals (including current, past and prospective staff, pupils or parents) as part of its daily operation.
12. Some of this activity the school will need to carry out in order to fulfil its legal rights, duties or obligations (such as safeguarding, medical care etc) including those under a contract with its staff, or parents of its pupils.
13. Other uses of personal data will be made in accordance with the school’s legal and legitimate interests such as:
- For the purposes of pupil selection (and to confirm the identity of prospective pupils and their parents);
- To provide education services, including musical education, physical training or spiritual development, career services, and extra-curricular activities to pupils, and monitoring pupils' progress and educational needs;
- Maintaining relationships with alumni and the school community, including direct marketing or fundraising activity;
- For the purposes of donor due diligence, and to confirm the identity of prospective donors and their background [and relevant interests
- For the purposes of management planning and forecasting, research and statistical analysis, including that imposed or provided for by law (such as tax, diversity or gender pay gap analysis);
- To enable relevant authorities to monitor the school's performance and to intervene or assist with incidents as appropriate;
- To give and receive information and references about past, current and prospective pupils, including relating to outstanding fees or payment history, to/from any educational institution that the pupil attended or where it is proposed they attend; and to provide references to potential employers of past pupils;
- To enable pupils to take part in national or other assessments, and to publish the results of public examinations or other achievements of pupils of the school;
- To safeguard pupils' welfare and provide appropriate pastoral care;
- To monitor (as appropriate) use of the school's IT and communications systems in accordance with the school's IT: acceptable use policy;
- To make use of photographic images of pupils in school publications, on the school website and (where appropriate) on the school's social media channels in accordance with the school's policy on taking, storing and using images of children;
- For security purposes, including CCTV;
- To carry out or cooperate with any school or external complaints, disciplinary or investigation process; and
- Where otherwise reasonably necessary for the school's purposes, including to obtain appropriate professional advice and insurance for the school.
14. In addition, the school will on occasion need to process special category personal data (concerning health, ethnicity, religion, or sexual life) or criminal records information (such as when carrying out DBS checks) in accordance with rights or duties imposed on it by law, including as regards safeguarding and employment, or from time to time by explicit consent where required. These reasons will include:
- To safeguard pupils' welfare and provide appropriate pastoral (and where necessary, medical) care, and to take appropriate action in the event of an emergency, incident or accident, including by disclosing details of an individual's medical condition or other relevant information where it is in the individual's interests to do so: for example for medical advice, for social protection, safeguarding, and cooperation with police or social services, for insurance purposes or to caterers or organisers of school trips who need to be made aware of dietary or medical needs;
- To provide educational services in the context of any special educational needs of a pupil;
- To provide spiritual education in the context of any religious beliefs;
- In connection with employment of its staff, for example DBS checks, welfare, union membership or pension plans;
- As part of any complaints, disciplinary or investigation process that involves such data, for example if there are SEN, health or safeguarding elements;
- For legal and regulatory purposes (for example child protection and health and safety) and to comply with its legal obligations and duties of care.
TYPES OF PERSONAL DATA PROCESSED BY THE SCHOOL
This will include by way of example:
- names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail and other contact details;
- bank details and other financial information, e.g. about parents who pay fees to the school;
- past, present and prospective pupils' academic, disciplinary, admissions and attendance records (including information about any special needs), and examination scripts and marks;
- personnel files, including in connection with academics, employment or safeguarding;
- where appropriate, information about individuals' health and welfare, and contact details for their next of kin;
- references given or received by the school about pupils, and relevant information provided by previous educational establishments and/or other professionals or organisations working with pupils;
- correspondence with and concerning staff, pupils and parents past and present;
- images of pupils (and occasionally other individuals) engaging in school activities, and images captured by the school's CCTV system (in accordance with the school's policy on taking, storing and using images of children);
HOW THE SCHOOL COLLECTS DATA
15. Generally, Abberley Hall receives personal data from the individual directly (including, in the case of pupils, from their parents). This may be via a form, or simply in the ordinary course of interaction or communication (such as email or written assessments).
16. However in some cases personal data will be supplied by third parties (for example another school, or other professionals or authorities working with that individual); or collected from publicly available resources
ACCESS TO PERSONAL DATA AND WHO THE SCHOOL SHARES IT
17. Occasionally, the school will need to share personal information relating to its community with third parties, such as:
- Professional advisers (e.g. lawyers, insurers, PR advisers and accountants);
- Government authorities (e.g. HMRC, DfE, police or the local authority); and
- Appropriate regulatory bodies e.g. the Independent Schools Inspectorate
18. For the most part, personal data collected by Abberley Hall will remain within the school and be processed by appropriate staff in accordance with access protocols (i.e. on a ‘need to know’ basis). Particularly strict rules of access apply to:
- Medical records held and accessed only by the appropriate medical staff
- Pastoral or safeguarding files.
19. However, a certain amount of any SEN pupil’s relevant information will need to be provided to staff more widely in the context of providing the necessary care and education that the pupil requires.
20. Staff, pupils and parents are reminded that the school is under duties imposed by law and statutory guidance (including Keeping Children Safe in Education) to record or report incidents and concerns that arise or are reported to it, in some cases regardless of whether they are proven, if they meet a certain threshold of seriousness in their nature or regularity. This is likely to include file notes on personnel or safeguarding files, and in some cases referrals to relevant authorities such as the LADO or police. For further information about this, please view the school’s Safeguarding Policy.
21. According with Data Protection Law, some of the school’s processing activity is carried out on its behalf by third parties, such as IT systems, web developers or cloud storage providers. This is always subject to contractual assurances that personal data will be kept securely and only in accordance with the school’s specific directions.
HOW LONG WE KEEP PERSONAL DATA
22. The school will retain personal data securely and only in line with how long it is necessary to keep for a legitimate and lawful reason. Typically, the legal recommendation for how long to keep ordinary staff and pupil personnel files is up to 7 years following departure from the school. However, incident reports and safeguarding files will need to be kept much longer, in accordance with specific legal requirements.
23. If you have any specific queries about how our retention policy is applied, or wish to request that personal data that you no longer believe to be relevant is considered for erasure, please contact Josephine Drury (nee Parkinson) firstname.lastname@example.org of relevant person handling such requests at school]. However, please bear in mind that the school will often have lawful and necessary reasons to hold on to some personal data even following such request.
24. A limited and reasonable amount of information will be kept for archiving purposes, for example; and even where you have requested we no longer keep in touch with you, we will need to keep a record of the fact in order to fulfil your wishes (called a "suppression record").
KEEPING IN TOUCH AND SUPPORTING THE SCHOOL
25. Abberley Hall and its Foundation will use the contact details of parents, alumni and other members of the school community to keep them updated about the activities of the school, or alumni and parent events of interest, including by sending updates and newsletters, by email and by post. Unless the relevant individual objects, the school will also:
- Share personal data about parents and/or alumni, as appropriate, with organisations set up to help establish and maintain relationships with the school community e.g. any parents or alumni association etc
- Contact parents and/or alumni by post and email in order to promote and raise funds for the school
- Should you wish to limit or object to any such use, or would like further information about them, please contact the School or Foundation Secretary in writing. You always have the right to withdraw consent, where given, or otherwise object to direct marketing or fundraising. However, Abberley Hall is nonetheless likely to retain some of your details (not least to ensure that no more communications are sent to that particular address or email.
RIGHTS OF AN INDIVIDUAL
26. Rights of access
- Individuals have various rights under Data Protection Law to access and understand personal data about them held by the school, and in some cases ask for it to be erased or amended or have it transferred to others, or for the school to stop processing it – but subject to certain exemptions and limitations.
- Any individual wishing to access or amend their personal data, or wishing it to be transferred to another person or organisation, or who has some other objection to how their personal data is used, should put their request in writing to the School or Foundation Secretary.
- Abberley hall will endeavour to respond to any such written requests as soon as is reasonably practicable and in any event within the statutory time-limits (one month in the case of requests for access to information).
- Abberley Hall will be better able to respond quickly to smaller, targeted requests for information. If the request for information is manifestly excessive or similar to previous requests, the school may ask you to reconsider, or require a proportionate fee: where Data Protection Law allows.
27. Requests that cannot be fulfilled
- You should be aware that the right of access is limited to your own personal data, and certain data is exempt from the right of access. This will include information which identifies other individuals or information which is subject to legal privilege.
- The school is also not required to disclose any pupil examination scripts (or other information consisting solely of pupil test answers), provide examination or other test marks ahead of any ordinary publication, nor share any confidential reference given by the school itself for the purposes of the education, training or employment of any individual.
- Where there is a "right to be forgotten" Abberley Hall will sometimes have compelling reasons to refuse specific requests to amend, delete or stop processing personal data: for example, a legal requirement, or where it falls within a legitimate interest identified in this Privacy Notice. All such requests will be considered on their own merits.
28. Pupil requests
- Pupils can make subject access requests for their own personal data, provided that, in the reasonable opinion of the school, they have sufficient maturity to understand the request they are making. A pupil of any age may ask a parent or other representative to make a subject access request on his/her behalf.
- Indeed, while a person with parental responsibility will generally be entitled to make a subject access request on behalf of younger pupils, the law still considers the information in question to be the child’s: for older pupils, the parent making the request may need to evidence their child's authority for the specific request.
29. Parental requests, etc.
- It should be clearly understood that the rules on subject access are not the sole basis on which information requests are handled. Parents may not have a statutory right to information, but they and others will often have a legitimate interest or expectation in receiving certain information about pupils without their consent. The school may consider there are lawful grounds for sharing with or without reference to that pupil.
- Parents will in general receive educational and pastoral updates about their children, in accordance with the Parent Contract. Where parents are separated, Abberley Hall will in most cases aim to provide the same information to each person with parental responsibility, but may need to factor in all the circumstances including the express wishes of the child.
- All information requests from, on behalf of, or concerning pupils – whether made under subject access or simply as an incidental request – will therefore be considered on a case by case basis.
- As Abberley Hall relies on consent as a means to process personal data, any person may withdraw their consent at any time (subject to age considerations as above). This may include use of images, fundraising activity etc. Please note that Abberley Hall may not rely on consent but have another lawful reason to process personal data in question such as a contract or agreement with the individual.
31. Whose rights?
- The rights under Data Protection Law belong to the individual to whom the data relates. However, Abberley Hall will often rely on parental authority or notice for the necessary ways it processes personal data relating to pupils – for example, under the parent contract, or via a form. Parents and pupils should be aware that this is not necessarily the same as the school relying on strict consent (see section on Consent above).
- Where consent is required, it may in some cases be necessary or appropriate – given the nature of the processing in question, and the pupil's age and understanding – to seek the pupil's consent. Parents should be aware that in such situations they may not be consulted, depending on the interests of the child, the parents’ rights at law or under their contract, and all the circumstances.
- In general, Abberley Hall will assume that pupils’ consent is not required for ordinary disclosure of their personal data to their parents, e.g. for the purposes of keeping parents informed about the pupil's activities, progress and behaviour, and in the interests of the pupil's welfare. That is unless, in the school's opinion, there is a good reason to do otherwise.
- However, where a pupil seeks to raise concerns confidentially with a member of staff and expressly withholds their agreement to their personal data being disclosed to their parents, the school may be under an obligation to maintain confidentiality unless, in the school's opinion, there is a good reason to do otherwise; for example where the school believes disclosure will be in the best interests of the pupil or other pupils, or if required by law.
- Pupils are required to respect the personal data and privacy of others, and to comply with the school's policies. Similarly Staff are required to operate to the guidelines and requirements set in the Staff Handbook and associated policies.
DATA ACCURACY AND SECURITY
32. The school will endeavour to ensure that all personal data held in relation to an individual is as up to date and accurate as possible. Individuals must please notify the School Secretary of any significant changes to important information, such as contact details, held about them.
33. An individual has the right to request that any out-of-date, irrelevant or inaccurate or information about them is erased or corrected (subject to certain exemptions and limitations under Data Protection Law): please see above for details of why the school may need to process your data, of who you may contact if you disagree.
34. Abberley Hall will take appropriate technical and organisational steps to ensure the security of personal data about individuals, including policies around use of technology and devices, and access to school systems. All staff and governors will be made aware of this policy and their duties under Data Protection Law and receive relevant training.
35. Abberley Hall will update this Privacy Notice from time to time. Any substantial changes affecting individual rights will be provided as far as is practicable.
QUERIES AND COMPLAINTS
36. Any comments or queries on this policy should be directed to Josephine Drury email@example.com
37. If an individual believes that the school has not complied with this policy or acted otherwise than in accordance with Data Protection Law, they should utilise the school Complaints and grievance procedure. You can also make a referral to or lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), although the ICO recommends that steps are taken to resolve the matter with the school before involving the regulator.