St Joseph’s Catholic School take the privacy of our staff, governors, parents/guardians and pupils very seriously and work to the highest standard to keep your data safe. You may have already heard about the changes to data protection regulations, and the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on the 25th May 2018.
We are committed to compliance with all relevant EU and Member State laws in respect of personal data, and the protection of the rights and freedoms of individuals whose information we collect and process in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Who is responsible for Personal Data?
As a school, we are a Data Controller under the regulations and as such define how and why personal data is collected, stored, and used. We also utilise Data Processors – third parties that process the data we control on our behalf. As a Data Controller, we must comply with the regulation as well as ensuring that all of our Data Processors are compliant.
We will achieve compliance by ensuring personal data is processed lawfully, transparently, and for a specific purpose. Once the purpose is fulfilled and the data is no longer required, it will be deleted, as stipulated within our Data Retention Policy.
We have previously complied with previous legislation, the Data Protection Act 1998, and are very experienced at working within these regulations. It is however, be necessary to make some changes to policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the GDPR Regulations which came into force on 25th May 2018. Our designated Data Protection Officer is based at Gateshead Civic Center, Corporate Services and Governance, Gateshead Council, Civic Center Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH
We are currently registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office as Data Processor, our registration number is Z9863530.
If you would like to read more about GDPR, the following video on YouTube, provides an excellent visual story of a school’s GDPR journey.
How can you help us
Parents/guardians can assist us by ensuring that we have the most up to date address, telephone number, emergency contact details and email address on file. You can also assist us by ensuring that you return any consent or data collection forms promptly to school. It is important that you return any consent forms to us as a matter of urgency so that we can continue to run certain systems within school. In September 2018, we sent out a new pack for all parents to complete and give their permission for a wide range of activities. If any of your details, as listed above changes please contact school immediately for us to change it on our system.
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