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Privacy Notices and the Data Protection Act 1998


Schools hold and process a variety of information on their pupils which is necessary to support their learning. From time to time, schools are required by law to pass on some of this information to other educational and healthcare organisations. This is in order to run the education and healthcare services.
 
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, the information held about pupils must only be used for specific purposes. Under the Act, the school is required to write to parents/pupils to tell them about the types of data held, why it is held and to whom it may be passed. This is referred to as a ‘Privacy Notice’ and one has been included for you with this letter.
 
Where a pupil is younger than 12 years old, the Privacy Notice is provided to the parent (or the person with parental responsibility). The parent is encouraged to share it with the pupil if the pupil is able to understand it.
 
Where a pupil is aged 12 or more, the Privacy Notice is provided to both the pupil and the parent.
 
When a pupil reaches the age of 16, the Privacy Notice is reissued. For pupils of 13 years and over, the school is legally required to pass on certain pupil information to Connexions - the Government’s support service for all young people aged 13 to 19 in England. However, parents, or the pupils themselves once they are aged 16 or over, can ask that no information beyond the name and address (which is compulsory for pupil and parent) be passed on. By reissuing the notice to pupils at the age of 16, it draws pupils’ attention to the fact that the right to opt out from passing such information on, transfers from the parent to the pupil.
 
If you have any queries regarding the Privacy Notice and/or the Data Protection Act 1998, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs L Vincent.
 
Privacy Notice for Pupils in Middle, Secondary, Special Schools and Prus
 
We, Budmouth College are the Data Controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998. We collect information from you, and may receive information about you from your previous school and from the Learning Records Service. We hold this personal data and use it to:
  • support your teaching and learning;
  • monitor and report on your progress;
  • provide appropriate pastoral care, and
  • assess how well your school is doing.
This information includes your contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information*, characteristics such as your ethnic group, special educational needs and any relevant medical information. If you are enrolling for post 14 qualifications we will be provided with your unique learner number by the Learning Records Service and may also obtain from them details of any learning or qualifications you have undertaken.
 
We will not give information about you to anyone outside the school without your consent unless the law and our rules allow us to.
 
We are required by law to pass some of your information to the Local Authority (LA), and to the Department for Education (DfE).
 
Once you are aged 13 or over we are required to pass on certain information to the Connexions services. Connexions is the government's support service for all young people aged 13 to 19 in England. We must provide both your and your parent(s) name and address, and any further information relevant to the Connexions services’ role. However, you (if you are over 16) or your parents can ask that no information beyond name and address be passed to Connexions. Please inform Mrs L Vincent if you wish to opt-out of this arrangement. For more information about Connexions, please contact the Local Authority as shown below.
 
If you want to see a copy of the information we hold and share about you then please contact Mrs L Vincent.
 
If you require more information about how the LA and/or DfE store and use your information, then please go to the following website:
 
 
If you are unable to access these websites, please contact the LA or the DfE as follows:
 
Data Protection Officer
Records Management
Dorset County Council
Colliton Park
DORCHESTER
Dorset
DT1 1XJ
tel: 01305 225175
 
Public Communications Unit
Department for Education
Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street
London
SW1P 3BT
tel: 0870 000 2288.
 
*Attendance information is not collected for pupils under 5 at Maintained Schools
 
 
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