Staff Privacy Notice

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This Privacy Notice applies to the Highbury Quadrant Primary School. Highbury Quadrant Primary School is the data controller for the personal information collected. Under data protection law, individuals have a right to be informed about how the school uses any personal data that we hold about them.

This Privacy Notice explains how [Highbury Quadrant Primary School collects, processes, holds and shares personal data about individuals we employ or otherwise engage to work in our school/organisation, in-line with our statutory responsibilities.

We take the security of your data seriously. We have internal policies and controls in place to ensure that your data is not lost, accidentally destroyed, misused or disclosed and is not accessed except by its employees and service providers in the performance of their duties.


1.     Information that we collect, process and use
  • personal information (such as name, employee or teacher number, national insurance number, bank account, address, contact details, date of birth, gender, next of kin and emergency contacts, nationality and entitlement to work in the UK, criminal record check);
  • special categories of data for equal opportunities monitoring including characteristics information such as ethnic group and disability;
  • contract information (such as the terms and conditions of employment; start dates, hours and days worked, post, tax, roles and salary / remuneration, including entitlement to benefits such as pensions);
  • work absence information and annual leave (such as number of absences, including sickness absence, special leave and sabbaticals and the reasons for the leave);
  • leave records (including maternity, paternity, adoption parental and shared parental leave);
  • details of your qualifications (and, where relevant, subjects taught), skills, experience and employment history, including start and end dates, with previous employers;
  • details of any disciplinary or grievance procedures in which you have been involved, including any warnings issued to you and related correspondence;
  • assessments of your performance, including performance improvement plans and related correspondence;
  • information about medical or health conditions, including disability for which the organisation needs to make reasonable adjustments;
  • details of trade union membership;
  • copy of driving licence and passport;
  • photographs (for example, ID cards, staff photo for the website and school notice board, recruitment packs etc);
  • CCTV footage, (for example);
  • data about your use of the schools’ information and communication system.

We collect this information in a variety of ways. For example, data is collected through application forms; obtained from your passport or other identity documents such as your driving licence; from forms completed by you at the start of or during employment; from correspondence with you; or through interviews, meetings or other assessments (for example, team development/appraisals).

In some cases, we collect personal data about you from third parties. For example, references supplied by former employers and/or information from criminal records checks (known as DBS checks) permitted by law.


2.     Why we collect and use this information

We use school workforce data to:

  • enable the development of a comprehensive picture of the workforce and how it is deployed;
  • improve the management of workforce data across the education sector;
  • to enable us to meet are contractual and legal obligations,
  • processing of teachers’ pension and run recruitment and promotion processes and provide references on request for current and former employees;
  • maintain accurate and up-to-date employment records;
  • facilitate safe recruitment, as part of our safeguarding obligations towards pupils;
  • support effective performance management in line with the schools’ statutory duty;
  • inform our recruitment and retention policies;
  • allow better financial modeling and planning;
  • enable equalities and equal opportunities monitoring;
  • support the work of the School Teachers’ Review Body (Regulatory Body)


3.     The lawful basis on which we process this information

Personal information is collected from you in order meet and discharge our contractual obligations and statutory duties as your employer.

If you fail to provide the personal information requested, amongst other things we may not be able to provide you with employment or a service for which you may be entitled/requested.

The legal basis for the use of your personal data will be one or more of the following:

  • to satisfy our legal obligations and statutory duties as your employer.
  • to carry out a task in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority in our capacity as a school.
  • to meet our contractual obligations in relation to your statement of employment contract with us.


4.     Collecting workforce information

Workforce data is essential for the school’s / local authority’s operational use. Whilst the majority of personal information you provide to us is mandatory, some of it is requested on a voluntary basis. In order to comply with GDPR, we will inform you at the point of collection, whether you are required to provide certain information to us or if you have a choice in this and we will tell you what you need to do if you do not want to share this information with us.


5.     Storing workforce information

Data is stored in a range of different places, included in your school personnel file, on the single central record, SIMS, the IT system of the schools HR and Payroll provider, and in other IT systems (including the schools email system). The information is kept secure and is only used for purposes directly relevant to your employment.

Once your employment with us has ended, we will retain this file and delete information in it in accordance with the School’s Records Management Policy / retention policy.


6.     Who we share workforce information with

We do not share information about you without your consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so.

We may share your personal information with the following organisations who are also Data Controllers.


Our Local Authority

London Borough of Islington

We are required to share information about our workforce members with our local authority (LA) pursuant to s 5 the Education (Supply of Information about the School Workforce) (England) Regulations 2007 and amendments

The Department for Education (DfE)


We share personal data with the Department for Education (DfE) on a statutory basis. This data sharing underpins workforce policy monitoring, evaluation, and links to school funding / expenditure and the assessment educational attainment.

The DfE collects and processes personal data relating to those employed by schools (including Multi Academy Trusts) and local authorities that work in state funded schools (including  maintained schools, academies and free schools and special schools including Pupil Referral Units and Alternative Provision).

All state funded schools are required to make a census submission because it is a statutory return under sections 113 and 114 of the Education Act 2005.

To find out more about the data collection requirements placed on us by the Department for Education including the data that we share with them click here.

For more information about the DfE’s data sharing process, please visit:

All data is transferred securely and held by DfE under a combination of software and hardware controls which meet the current government security policy framework. For more information, please see ‘How Government uses your data’ section.

London Borough of Islington We are required to share information about our school employees with our local authority (LA) and the Department for Education (DfE) under section 5 of the Education (Supply of Information about the School Workforce) (England) Regulations 2007 and amendments.

We may also share your information, with the following:

  • Your family or representatives
  • Police forces, courts, tribunals
Function Contact details
Educators and examining bodies  
Regulatory Bodies (1)   Ofsted
Suppliers and services providers – to enable them to provide the service we have contracted them for, such as payroll, ICT

LB Islington Human Resources and Payroll, Training bookings

LB Islington Health and Safety Team

LB Islington Schools ICT support and services provided via LGfL

Platinum IT Services

Capita SIMS employee records.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS checks)

HCSS (budget planning)

Iris (accident/incident reporting)

Financial Organisations – for example completing mortgage reference forms  
Central and local government DfE, LBI
Our auditors As appointed by LBI
Survey and research organisations  
Trade unions and associations NAHT, NEU, NASWT, GMB, Unison
Health Authorities Whittington Health NHS
Security organisations The Keyholding Company
Health and social welfare organisations  
The Diocese [London Diocesan board for Schools/Catholic Education Service]  
The consortium of schools of which we are a member, for example Futurezone, Maamulaha Network, Islington Community of Schools Maamulaha network
Professional Advisors and consultants Lordship Consultancy, Christine Yorston, Trevor Davies
Charities and voluntary organisations Highbury Quadrant School Association (PTA)
Professional bodies  
Employment and recruitment agencies Teach Now, Qualiteach, Edustaff


7.     Requesting access to your personal data

Under data protection legislation, you have the right to request access to information about you that we hold. To make a request for your personal information, contact Jennie Haughton, School Business Manager or Krystle Stack, Senior Admin Officer

In some circumstances you may also have the right to ask:

  • us to restrict the processing of your personal data until any errors are corrected,
  • to object to our processing or transferring of your personal data.
  • object to processing of personal data that is likely to cause, or is causing, damage or distress;
  • prevent processing for the purpose of direct marketing;
  • object to decisions being taken by automated means;
  • in certain circumstances, have inaccurate personal data rectified, blocked, erased or destroyed; and
  • claim compensation for damages caused by a breach of the Data Protection regulations

If you have a concern about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, we ask that you raise your concern with us in the first instance. Alternatively, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office at

For further information on how to request access to personal information held centrally by DfE, please see the ‘How Government uses your data’ section of this notice.


8.     Further information

Withdrawal of consent and the right to lodge a complaint

Where we are processing your personal data with your consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent. If you change your mind, or you are unhappy with our use of your personal data, please let us know by contacting Jennie Haughton via email to


If you would like to discuss anything in this privacy notice, please contact: Jennie Haughton via email at

Gill Auld
Data Protection Officer for Highbury Quadrant Primary School
Highbury New Park
London, N5 2DP

Last updated
We may need to update this privacy notice periodically so we recommend that you revisit this information from time to time. This version was last updated in January 2021.


This notice is based on the Department for Education’s model privacy notice for the school workforce, amended to reflect the way we use data in this school.