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Pontefract Academies Trust

Data Protection and Freedom of Information

Data Protection

From the 25th May 2018, the rules around data protection have changed. The ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ (GDPR) will change how we can use your personal data and keep it safe, and will also strengthen your rights over your own data.

The point of all this is to make sure sensitive or private information about yourselves and your children stays safe.  Whilst it is similar to the current Data Protection Act in many ways, there are a few differences, so we need to make a few changes at the school in order to ensure we remain compliant.

One of these changes is that we have updated our Privacy Notice which can be accessed on the link below. 

Privacy Notice for Pupils (provided to parents and carers)

As part of our work to comply with the GDPR, we will also be changing how we obtain consent where this is required, for example using photographs and videos of your child on our websites, on school publicity materials, school social media and with local media organisations. You may withdraw your consent at any time by emailing your school at their school records email address or schoolrecords@delacy.patrust.org.uk

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public access to information held by public authorities. 

It does this in two ways:

  • public authorities are obliged to publish certain information about their activities; and
  • members of the public are entitled to request information from public authorities.

The Act covers any recorded information that is held by a public authority in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and by UK-wide public authorities based in Scotland.

To make a Freedom of Information request click here