What is GDPR?
This refers to the General Data Protection Regulation, originally EU legislation which has been taken into UK law and should be viewed alongside the Data Protection Act 2018 to provide a comprehensive picture of data protection legislation in the UK.
GDPR legislation is designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, as well as give greater protection and rights to individuals. With the introduction of GDPR there are significant additional protections for the public. The legislation identifies specific responsibilities for businesses and public bodies that handle personal information to ensure that data protection is considered whenever there is a requirement to process personal information. In essence, data protection legislation is about protecting personal data, and ensuring that individuals are aware of what data is being processed and how it is used. It gives individuals greater control and say over how their personal data is used by companies and public bodies.
GDPR defines personal data as:
Any information relating to an identified or identifiable person (known as a data subject).
An identifiable person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as name, an ID number, location data, an online identifier or one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of a natural person.
Privacy Notices – How we use your data
To view the Westcountry Schools Trust Privacy Notice (STUDENTS) please see below
To view the Westcountry Schools Trust Privacy Notice (PARENTS) please see below
To view the Westcountry Schools Trust Privacy Notice (STAFF) please see below
To view the Westcountry Schools Trust Privacy Notice (TRUSTEES, VOLUNTEERS & MEMBERS) please see below.
COVID-19 National FSM Voucher Scheme
March 2021 update - The National FSM voucher scheme (Edenred) is now closed however historic data sharing requirements that were to required to support this initiative are still in place and standard financial record retention periods apply. The Department for Education have provided a privacy notice for parents /carers who were included in the National FSM Voucher scheme - see below for details.
COVID-19 Lateral Flow Testing Arrangements
To support the return to school of all pupils in March and ensure that staff are able to access regular COVID testing schools will collect and store information specific to the LFT testing programme. This information may be shared with NHS and Public Health England as required by legislation.
To view the Westcountry Schools Trust Privacy Notice (LFT Programme 2021) please see below.
Subject Access Requests
To make a Subject Access Request, please complete the request form (word document / pdf versions below) and email it to the Westcountry Schools Trust Data Protection Officer at DPO-WeST@westst.org.uk
The Westcountry Schools Trust will respond within one month of your request. There will be no charge for this request.