Privacy Policy

Privacy Notice for Parents and Carers

Under data protection law, individuals have a right to be informed about how the school uses any personal data that we hold about them. We comply with this right by providing ‘privacy notices’ (sometimes called ‘fair processing notices’) to individuals where we are processing their personal data.

We, Stansfield Hall Church of England / Free Church Primary School, are the ‘data controller’ for the purposes of data protection law.

Our data protection officer is Rochdale Borough Council (see ‘Contact us’ below).

This section of the privacy notice explains how we collect, store and use personal data about pupils.

The personal data we hold

Personal data that we may collect, use, store and share (when appropriate) about pupils includes, but is not restricted to:

  • Contact details, contact preferences, date of birth, identification documents
  • Results of internal assessments and externally set tests
  • Pupil and curricular records
  • Characteristics, such as ethnic background, eligibility for free school meals, or special educational needs
  • Exclusion information
  • Details of any medical conditions, including physical and mental health
  • Attendance information
  • Safeguarding information
  • Details of any support received, including care packages, plans and support providers
  • Photographs

We may also hold data about pupils that we have received from other organisations, including other schools, local authorities and the Department for Education.

Why we use this data

We use this data to:

  • Support pupil learning
  • Monitor and report on pupil progress
  • Provide appropriate pastoral care
  • Protect pupil welfare
  • Assess the quality of our services
  • Carry out research
  • Comply with the law regarding data sharing

Our legal basis for using this data

We only collect and use pupils’ personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we process it where:

  • We need to comply with a legal obligation
  • We need it to perform an official task in the public interest

Less commonly, we may also process pupils’ personal data in situations where:

  • We have obtained consent to use it in a certain way
  • We need to protect the individual’s vital interests (or someone else’s interests)

Where we have obtained consent to use pupils’ personal data, this consent can be withdrawn at any time. We will make this clear when we ask for consent, and explain how consent can be withdrawn.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.

Collecting this information

While the majority of information we collect about pupils is mandatory, there is some information that can be provided voluntarily.

Whenever we seek to collect information from you or your child, we make it clear whether providing it is mandatory or optional. If it is mandatory, we will explain the possible consequences of not complying.

How we store this data

We keep personal information about pupils while they are attending our school. We may also keep it beyond their attendance at our school if this is necessary in order to comply with our legal obligations. Our record retention policy sets out how long we keep information about pupils.

You can request a copy our record retention policy directly from the school office or by emailing office@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk.

Data sharing

We do not share information about pupils with any third party without consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so.

Where it is legally required, or necessary (and it complies with data protection law) we may share personal information about pupils with:

  • Our local authority – to meet our legal obligations to share certain information with it, such as assessment data, safeguarding concerns and exclusions
  • Other local authorities – to meet our legal obligations to share certain information with it, such as assessment data, safeguarding concerns and exclusions
  • The Department for Education – to meet our legal obligations to share certain information with it, such as assessment data, safeguarding concerns and exclusions
  • The pupil’s family and representatives – to meet our legal obligations around sharing progress information i.e. reports
  • Other Educational Establishments – to meet our legal obligations to share certain information with them, such as safeguarding concerns.
  • Our regulator [Ofsted, SIAMS] – to meet our legal obligations to share certain information with them, such as safeguarding concerns and progress data.
  • Suppliers and service providers – to enable them to provide the service we have contracted them for e.g. ParentMail for home contact purposes and educational consultants supporting pupil progress.
  • Health and social welfare organisations – to enable them to provide the services in the health interests of the child e.g. immunisations, audiology and optometry.
  • Police forces, courts, tribunals – to meet our legal obligations.

National Pupil Database

We are required to provide information about pupils to the Department for Education as part of statutory data collections such as the school census. Some of this information is then stored in the National Pupil Database (NPD), which is owned and managed by the Department and provides evidence on school performance to inform research.

The database is held electronically so it can easily be turned into statistics. The information is securely collected from a range of sources including schools, local authorities and exam boards.

The Department for Education may share information from the NPD with other organisations which promote children’s education or wellbeing in England. Such organisations must agree to strict terms and conditions about how they will use the data. For more information, see the Department’s webpage on how it collects and shares research data. You can also contact the Department for Education with any further questions about the NPD.

This section of the privacy notice explains how we collect, store and use personal data about you.

The personal data we hold

Personal data that we may collect, use, store and share (when appropriate) about you includes, but is not restricted to:

  • Contact details and contact preferences
  • Photographs

We may also collect, store and use information about you that falls into “special categories” of more sensitive personal data. This includes information about (where applicable):

  • Characteristics, such as ethnicity, languages spoken and eligibility for certain benefits
  • Family circumstances
  • Physical and mental health, including medical conditions
  • Support received, including care packages, plans and support providers

We may also hold data about you that we have received from other organisations, including other schools and social services.

Why we use this data

We use this data to:

  • Report to you on your child’s attainment and progress
  • Keep you informed about the running of the school (such as emergency closures) and events
  • Process payments for school services and clubs
  • Provide appropriate pastoral care
  • Protect pupil welfare
  • Assess the quality of our services
  • Carry out research
  • Comply with our legal and statutory obligations

Our legal basis for using this data

We only collect and use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we process it where:

  • We need to comply with a legal obligation
  • We need to perform an official task in the public interest
  • We need to fulfil a contract we have entered into with you

Less commonly, we may also process your personal data in situations where:

  • We have obtained consent to use it in a certain way
  • We need to protect an individual’s vital interests (protect against significant harm)
  • We have legitimate interests in processing the data – for example, where:

o We use your contact details to keep you informed about what is going on in school.

Where you have provided us with consent to use your data, you may withdraw this consent at any time. We will make this clear when requesting your consent, and explain how you would go about withdrawing consent if you wish to do so.

Some of the reasons listed above for collecting and using your personal data overlap, and there may be several grounds which justify our use of your data.

Collecting this information

While the majority of information we collect about you is mandatory, there is some information that can be provided voluntarily.

Whenever we seek to collect information from you, we make it clear whether you must provide this information (and if so, what the possible consequences are of not complying), or whether you have a choice.

Data sharing

We do not share information about you with any third party without consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so.

Where it is legally required, or necessary (and it complies with data protection law), we may share personal information about you with:

  • Our local authority – to meet our legal obligations to share certain information with it, such as assessment data, safeguarding concerns and exclusions
  • Other local authorities – to meet our legal obligations to share certain information with it, such as assessment data, safeguarding concerns and exclusions
  • Other Educational Establishments – to meet our legal obligations to share certain information with them, such as safeguarding concerns.
  • Suppliers and service providers – to enable them to provide the service we have contracted them for e.g. ParentMail for home contact purposes and educational consultants supporting pupil progress.
  • Health and social welfare organisations – to enable them to provide the services in the health interests of the child e.g. immunisations, audiology and optometry.
  • Police forces, courts, tribunals – to meet our legal obligations.

This section of the privacy notice relates to the personal data about both you and our pupils.

How we store parents and pupils’ data

We keep personal information about you your child whilst your child is attending our school. We may also keep it beyond their attendance at our school if this is necessary in order to comply with our legal obligations. Our record retention policy sets out how long we keep information about pupils, parents and carers.

You can request a copy our record retention policy directly from the school office or by emailing office@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk.

Parents and pupils’ rights regarding personal data

Individuals have a right to make a ‘subject access request’ to gain access to personal information that the school holds about them.

Parents/carers can make a request with respect to their data and 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.

If you make a subject access request, and if we do hold information about you or your child, we will:

  • Give you a description of it
  • Tell you why we are holding and processing it, and how long we will keep it for
  • Explain where we got it from, if not from you or your child
  • Tell you who it has been, or will be, shared with
  • Let you know whether any automated decision-making is being applied to the data, and any consequences of this
  • Give you a copy of the information in an intelligible form

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 data protection officer.

Parents/carers also have a legal right to access to their child’s educational record. To request access, please contact the school business manager.

Other rights

Under data protection law, individuals have certain rights regarding how their personal data is used and kept safe, including the right to:

  • Object to the use of personal data if it would cause, or is causing, damage or distress
  • Prevent it being used to send direct marketing
  • Object to decisions being taken by automated means (by a computer or machine, rather than by a person)
  • In certain circumstances, have inaccurate personal data corrected, deleted or destroyed, or restrict processing
  • Claim compensation for damages caused by a breach of the data protection regulations

To exercise any of these rights, please contact our data protection officer.

Transferring data internationally

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.

Complaints

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 data protection officer.

Alternatively, you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office: * Report a concern online at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/

  • Call 0303 123 1113
  • Or write to: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Contact us

If you have any questions, concerns or would like more information about anything mentioned in this privacy notice, please contact our data protection officer:

Schools DPO Information Governance Unit Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU DPOSchools@Rochdale.Gov.UK This notice is based on the Department for Education’s model privacy notice for pupils, amended for parents and to reflect the way we use data in this school.

Safeguarding Notice

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you have concerns regarding the safeguarding or welfare of any of our pupils, please contact the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

The Safeguarding and Child Protection policy can be found here.