Privacy Notice

1. Privacy Notice - Data Protection Act 1998

We The Folkestone Academy are a data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act. We collect information from you and may receive information about you from your previous school, Kent County Council (KCC) and the Learning Records Service.

2. How we use your personal information

We hold this personal data and use it to:

This information includes your contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information and personal characteristics such as your ethnic group, any special educational needs and relevant medical information. If you are enrolling for post 14 qualifications we will be provided with your unique learner number (ULN) by the Learning Records Service and may also obtain from them details of any learning or qualifications you have undertaken.

We are required by law to pass some information about you to the Department for Education (DfE) and, in turn, this will be available for the use of the LA.

Once you are aged 13 or over, we are required by law to pass on certain information to providers of youth support services in your area. This is the local authority support service for young people aged 13 to 19 in England. We must provide both your and your parent’s/s’ name(s) and address, and any further information relevant to the support services’ role. However, if you are over 16, you (or your parent(s)) can ask that no information beyond names, address and your date of birth be passed to the support service. This right transfers to you on your 16th birthday

3. Supporting you plan your future

3.1 How we share additional data collected in Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 with KCC

The information detailed below that The Folkestone Academy collects from you during Year 10, Year 11, 12 and 13 may be shared with other organisations in order to provide you with career and other guidance and for administrative, statistical and research purposes relating to education and training.

3.2 Information we have to pass on by law

We are required by law to pass some of your information KCC as part of the Intended Destination, September Guarantee and Annual Activity processes.  This is to assist KCC fulfil its legal obligation under the Education and Skills Act 2008 and the Apprenticeship, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 to assist, encourage and enable young people aged 13-19 (and young adults with learning difficulties or disabilities up to the age of 25) to participate in education or training. KCC is then required to share this information with the DfE.

We share the following information about you:

3.3 Information KCC may share with us once you have left school

KCC has a legal responsibility to track all young people up to the age of 19 (and young adults with learning difficulties or disabilities up to the age of 25).  The purpose of collecting this information is to assist the planning of education and training for young people and the support services they require.  KCC will inform us of your current activity once you have left the school.  This is in relation to education, training, employment with training you may be undertaking and whether you are NEET (not in Education, Employment or Training).  Some of this information is then shared with the DfE which uses the information to plan at a national level.

3.4 Information that may be shared with other schools and colleges

Some of the information we collect from you during Year 10 and 11 and as part of the Intended Destination, September Guarantee and Annual Activity processes may also be shared with EFA funded post-16 providers (hereafter referred to as ‘post-16 providers’) who deliver in Kent.

These providers are listed on www.kentchoices4u.com.  These providers could offer you a progression route and support your transition into post-16 education, training or employment with training.

To support your transition to post-16 education and to support planning for future learners we may also need to share further information on you directly with post-16 providers after you have enrolled, this includes:

Whether you are NEET and may need support finding an education/training/employment opportunity

Your activity after leaving a FE College after Year 12 or 13

Your attendance record at school

Whether you have been excluded from school

If you have any special educational need

Whether you are looked after/or a care leaver

Whether you are a carer

Whether English is an additional language for you

Whether you are a traveller

Whether you receive free school meals, and

Whether you are currently supervised by the Youth Offending Team.

4. You have a choice about what information is shared after you turn 16.

You can ask that no information beyond name, address and date of birth be shared with KCC in regard to the provision of Local Authorities support services for young people.

To do this please contact Donna Eastland to let her know which information you do not want to be shared. 

5. How we keep your information safe

The Folkestone Academy keeps information about you on computer systems and also sometimes on paper.   We hold your education records securely and retain them from your date of entry until you reach the age of 25, after which they are safely destroyed.

There are strict controls on who can see your information.  We will not share your data if you have advised us that you do not want it shared unless it is the only way we can make sure you stay safe and healthy or we are legally required to do so. 

6. Need to know more about how we process your information?

If you need more information about how The Folkestone Academy uses your information or to see a copy of your personal information, please contact Donna Eastland.

If you would like to get a copy of the information about you that KCC shares with the DfE or post-16 providers or how they use your information, please contact:

Information Resilience & Transparency Team

Room 2.71

Sessions House

Maidstone, Kent

ME14 1XQ

Email: dataprotection@kent.gov.uk

You can also visit the KCC website if you need more information about how KCC uses and stores your information. Please go to: http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/contact_us/access_to_information.aspx

To view KCC’s Privacy Notice, please follow this link on the KCC website: http://www.kent.gov.uk/website_information/about_this_website.aspx#privacy_policy

7. Need more information about young peoples’ services?

For more information about young peoples’ services, please go to http://www.kent.gov.uk/education_and_learning/kiass.aspx or the KCC website at www.kent.gov.uk