General Data Protection Regulations (UK GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulations (UK GDPR) bring higher standards for handling data and greater expectations for improved transparency, enhanced data security and increased accountability for processing personal data. Schools will have a legal duty to comply with the UK GDPR.

UK GDPR Mind Map for Parents – Please take the opportunity to watch the short video clip.


What does GDPR mean for schools?

A great deal of the processing of personal data undertaken by schools will fall under a specific legal basis, ‘in the public interest’. As it is in the public interest to operate schools successfully, it will mean that specific consent will not be needed in the majority of cases in schools.

GDPR will ensure data is protected and will give individuals more control over their data, however this means schools will have greater accountability for the data:

  • Under UK GDPR, consent must be explicitly given to anything that isn’t within the normal business of the school, especially if it involves a third party managing the data. Parents (or the pupil themselves depending on their age) must express consent for their child’s data to be used outside of the normal business of the school.
  • Schools must appoint a Data Protection Officer and be able to prove that they are UK GDPR compliant.
  • Schools must ensure that their third party suppliers who may process any of their data is UK GDPR compliant and must have legally binding contracts with any company that processes any personal data. These contracts must cover what data is being processed, who it is being processed by, who has access to it and how it is protected.
  • It will be compulsory that all data breaches which are likely to have a detrimental effect on the data subject are reported to the ICO within 72 hours

For more information, feel free to review our UK GDPR Privacy Notice below:

Security Breach

If any item containing potentially sensitive, protected or confidential data about a child or member of staff at Avenue is lost or stolen, we have a duty to report this as a security breach. Please inform a member of SLT immediately and then complete the form below.

Our Data Protection Officer (DPO) will then make a decision as to whether this security breach is also a data breach and will advise us on our next course of action. Click on the link to report a security breach to our DPO.