Privacy Notices context (August 2022)

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Our Trust is committed to a policy of protecting the rights and privacy of individuals (including pupils, staff and others) in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.

The Trust gathers and processes personal information about its staff, pupils, and other individuals to comply with obligations as a charitable company limited by guarantee that is responsible for academies.  To comply with the law, information about individuals must be collected and used fairly, stored safely and securely and not disclosed to any third party unlawfully.

Any breach of the Data Protection Act 2018 or this Trust Data Protection Policy is considered to be an offence, and in that event relevant disciplinary procedures will apply.  The contents of this policy are applicable to employees, trustees and governors, other agencies and providers working with the Trust, and who have access to personal information.

The Trust is the Data Controller and is responsible for setting the overarching policy and standards for Data Protection. The Trust sees compliance with these obligations as the best method to ensure that personal information is dealt with lawfully and securely and in accordance with the UK GDPR and other related legislation.  It will apply to information regardless of the way it is used, recorded and stored and whether it is held in paper files or electronically. It applies to all data held in schools as part of the multi-academy trust, though the responsibility for managing data rests with each school.

All schools within the Trust process personal information about staff, pupils, parents and other individuals who come into contact with each academy as part of the usual day to day business of a school.  The schools are required by law to collect and use certain types of information to comply with statutory obligations related to employment, education and safeguarding, and this policy is intended to ensure that personal information is dealt with properly and securely and in accordance with the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and other legislation.

Our various Trust policies and procedures will be updated as necessary to reflect best practice, or amendments made to data protection legislation.  Each academy within the Trust will comply with the Trust policies, procedures and notices.

Concerns and Complaints

If you feel that something has gone wrong and you want to raise a complaint or concern it is important that you are able to do so. We encourage an informal discussion about the matter first. You can access details about how we manage such issues by reference to the Complaint Policy. This also covers Data Protection and UK GDPR matters, though ultimately you have a right to refer to the Information Commissioners Office if you remain unsatisfied.

Data Protection Officer

Our Data Protection Officer is:
John Walker

03337 729763