On May 25th the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect across the EU.
The GDPR is a piece of EU-wide legislation which determines how people’s personal data is processed and kept safe and the legal rights individuals have in relation to their own personal data.
Personal data is defined by GDPR as ‘data that relates to an identified or identifiable living individual’.
In a school, most of the information we hold on our students and their families is required of us by the Department of Education.
This video has some useful information about GDPR in schools:
HHTS have always had a Data Protection Policy and were already highly aware of the need to protect sensitive data, and will continue to do so under the guidance of GDPR.
You can read our Data Protection Policy here:
HHTS have created Privacy Notices for parents, pupils and staff which you can download here:
We have ensured that all of our staff are trained in the GDPR regulations, and have carried out a thorough audit of all of the information that we hold. We have also contacted the different organisations we work with to ensure that they too are compliant.
If you or a young person in your care joins the school you will may receive letters, and copies of our Privacy Notices, from us. Please do read through the information, and let us know any questions or queries that you may have.
Yu can contact us directly at the school, or get in touch with our Data Protection Officer,
You can get more information on GDPR directly from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in one of the following ways:
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‘Everyday my son looks forward to going to school – to get away from his room, and all the poking and prodding from doctors is such a relief. He is treated like a school boy, rather than a patient, and I think this has as much healing properties as medicine! Due to his illness, my son has missed about a month of schooling, but hopefully will have caught up because of the hospital school.’
‘We are so grateful and happy for the care and support – teachers are so helpful and very kind, we love you all for your hard work, keep it up. Thanks so much.’
‘Thank you for the range of learning opportunities you provided my son in hospital for the week for the week he was on the neuro ward. He found the activities very engaging and accessible. He thoroughly enjoys maths and looked forward to the activities you provided for this – he is especially looking forward to the spreadsheet analysis this afternoon. he enjoys music and was surprised to have the opportunity to learn about and play different instruments. Thanks again for all your help.’
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‘The service aims to enable pupils with long-term illnesses, mental health issues or who are pregnant to remain in education…... You and your staff ensure that these aims are fully met. Most pupils have missed long periods of learning due to illness. They make remarkable progress during their short time in the school.
Pupils told us that, without the school, they would not be able to engage fully in learning or sit any examinations. Parents value the high-quality teaching provided alongside the excellent care and support given to each individual pupil.’