The categories of pupil information that we process include:

  1. personal identifiers and contacts (such as name, unique pupil number, contact details and address)
  2. characteristics (such as ethnicity, language, and free school meal eligibility)
  3. safeguarding information (such as court orders and professional involvement)
  4. special educational needs (including the needs and ranking)
  5. medical and administration (such as doctors information, child health, dental health, allergies, medication and dietary requirements)
  6. attendance (such as sessions attended, number of absences, absence reasons and any previous schools attended)
  7. assessment and attainment (such as key stage 1 and phonics results)
  8. behavioural information (such as exclusions and any relevant alternative provision put in place)
  9. free school meal information management
  10. catering choices including allergy information

This list is not exhaustive, to access the current list of categories of information we process please see our data asset register which is being finalised.


Why we collect and use pupil information

We collect and use pupil information, for the following purposes:

  • - to support pupil learning 
  • - to monitor and report on pupil attainment progress 
  • - to provide appropriate pastoral care 
  • - to assess the quality of our services
  • - to keep children safe (food allergies, or emergency contact details) 
  • - to meet the statutory duties placed upon us for DfE data collections

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the lawful bases we rely on for processing pupil information are:

“processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller”


How we collect pupil information

We collect pupil information via data collection forms completed by families, consent forms, web based forms, information securely passed by a child’s previous school.

Pupil data is essential for the schools’ operational use. Whilst the majority of pupil information you provide to us is mandatory, some of it requested on a voluntary basis. In order to comply with the data protection legislation, we will inform you at the point of collection, whether you are required to provide certain pupil information to us or if you have a choice in this. 


Who we share pupil information with

We routinely share pupil information with:

  • - schools that the pupils attend after leaving us
  • - our local authority
  • - the Department for Education (DfE)
  • - providers of applications used in classroom settings to allow for individual pupil access


Why we regularly share pupil information

We do not share information about our pupils with anyone without consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so.

Department for Education

The Department for Education (DfE) collects personal data from educational settings and local authorities via various statutory data collections. We are required to share information about our pupils with the Department for Education (DfE) either directly or via our local authority for the purpose of those data collections, under regulation 5 of The Education (Information About Individual Pupils) (England) Regulations 2013.

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.


Requesting access to your personal data

Under data protection legislation, parents and pupils have the right to request access to information about them that we hold. To make a request for your personal information, or be given access to your child’s educational record, our Data Protection Officer via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You also have the right to:

  • - 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
  • - a right to seek redress, either through the ICO, or through the courts


If you have a concern or complaint about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, you should raise your concern with us in the first instance or directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office



If you would like to discuss anything in this privacy notice, please contact: 

Graham Newbery
Data Protection Officer
Cornerstone Academy Trust
c/o Broadclyst Primary School
School Lane
01392 304170
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How Government uses your data

The pupil data that we lawfully share with the DfE through data collections:

  • - underpins school funding, which is calculated based upon the numbers of children and their characteristics in each school.
  • - informs ‘short term’ education policy monitoring and school accountability and intervention (for example, school GCSE results or Pupil Progress measures).
  • - supports ‘longer term’ research and monitoring of educational policy (for example how certain subject choices go on to affect education or earnings - beyond school)


Data collection requirements

To find out more about the data collection requirements placed on us by the Department for Education (for example; via the school census) go to the government website here


The National Pupil Database (NPD)

Much of the data about pupils in England goes on to be held in the National Pupil Database (NPD).

The NPD is owned and managed by the Department for Education and contains information about pupils in schools in England. It provides invaluable evidence on educational performance to inform independent research, as well as studies commissioned by the Department. 

It is held in electronic format for statistical purposes. This information is securely collected from a range of sources including schools, local authorities and awarding bodies. 

To find out more about the NPD, go to 


Sharing by the Department

The law allows the Department to share pupils’ personal data with certain third parties, including:

  • - schools
  • - local authorities
  • - researchers
  • - organisations connected with promoting the education or wellbeing of children in England
  • - other government departments and agencies
  • - organisations fighting or identifying crime

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

Data protection: how we share pupil and workforce data

Organisations fighting or identifying crime may use their legal powers to contact DfE to request access to individual level information relevant to detecting that crime. Whilst numbers fluctuate slightly over time, DfE typically supplies data on around 600 pupils per year to the Home Office and roughly 1 per year to the Police.

For information about which organisations the Department has provided pupil information, (and for which project) or to access a monthly breakdown of data share volumes with Home Office and the Police please visit the Gov website.

Click here for more information on how to contact the DfE