General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Claremont Primary and Nursery School Privacy Notice
How we use pupil information
Who processes your information?
Claremont Primary and Nursery School is the data controller of the personal information you provide to us. This means the school determines the purposes for which and the manner in which, any personal data relating to pupils and their families is to be processed.
What are the lawful bases for processing?
The lawful bases for processing are set out in Article 6 of the UK GDPR. At least one of these must apply whenever you process personal data:
(a) Consent: the individual has given clear consent for you to process their personal data for a specific purpose.
(b) Contract: the processing is necessary for a contract you have with the individual, or because they have asked you to take specific steps before entering into a contract.
(c) Legal obligation: the processing is necessary for you to comply with the law (not including contractual obligations).
(d) Vital interests: the processing is necessary to protect someone’s life.
(e) Public task: the processing is necessary for you to perform a task in the public interest or for your official functions, and the task or function has a clear basis in law.
(f) Legitimate interests: the processing is necessary for your legitimate interests or the legitimate interests of a third party, unless there is a good reason to protect the individual’s personal data which overrides those legitimate interests. (This cannot apply if you are a public authority processing data to perform your official tasks.)
Article 9 lists the conditions for processing special category data:
(a) Explicit consent
(b) Employment, social security and social protection (if authorised by law)
(c) Vital interests
(d) Not-for-profit bodies
(e) Made public by the data subject
(f) Legal claims or judicial acts
(g) Reasons of substantial public interest (with a basis in law)
(h) Health or social care (with a basis in law)
(i) Public health (with a basis in law)
(j) Archiving, research and statistics (with a basis in law)
Why do we collect and use pupil information?
New Data Protection legislation which includes provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 take effect from May 25 2018, including provisions relating to ‘lawfulness of processing’ and ‘processing of special categories of personal data’.
The school collects and uses pupil information for purposes consistent with the Education Act 1996. The legal basis under which the school uses personal data for these purposes is that it is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest by the school or in the exercise of official authority vested in the school.
The information you provide to the school includes special categories of personal data such as race, ethnicity, religion, genetics and biometrics. Information in these categories is used by the school on the basis that such use is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest and in accordance with Data Protection legislation.
We use the pupil data:
Which data do we collect, hold and share?
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Whilst most of the 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 Data Protection legislation, we will inform you whether you are required to provide certain pupil information to us or if you have a choice in this.
How long do we store your data?
We hold data relating to pupils in line with the arrangements set out in our Data Protection Policy. We do not hold personal information indefinitely and effectively, data relating to pupils at the school and their families is only stored for as long as is required to meet the purpose for which it was originally collected.
Who do we share pupil information with?
We routinely share pupil information with:
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.
Data collection requirements:
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 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 who promote the education or well-being of children in England by:
The Department 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 department’s data sharing process, please visit:
For information about which organisations the department 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 DfE: https://www.gov.uk/contact-dfe
Requesting access to your personal data
Under data protection legislation, 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 the Office Manager.
You also have the right to:
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:
Claremont Primary School Head Teacher.
Tel: 0115 9156870
Data Protection Officer, Ms C Skeats, c/o Carrington Primary School.
Tel: 0115 9156825.