St George’s School Website Privacy and Data Policy
- 14 March 2018
- Last Updated: 8 May 2020
- Last Updated: 1 September 2020
- Last Updated: 25 February 2021
Thank you for visiting St George’s School website.
Your privacy is important to us. This Privacy and Data Policy is where we explain to you what personal information is collected when you visit our site, how it is collected, how we may use the information, where we store it, how long we store it for, and how we protect it. We will also explain your rights in relation to your personal information.
Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal information and how we may collect it and treat it.
For convenience, we have divided our data protection policies into three separate pages:
This policy explains generally how we collect, use, store, and protect your personal information when you visit our site.
3. Our Retention Policy
You can find out how long we may hold onto your personal information here.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact St George’s School, firstname.lastname@example.org T 0131 311 8000. If you prefer to write to us, then you can find our contact details at the bottom of this document.
Who We Are
We are St George’s School an independent school for girls aged 3 - 18. We are registered in Scotland as a registered charity. Our registered number is SC012632
Because we are a school located in Scotland the personal information that you give us or that we collect from you will be held under Scottish data protection legislation (but we’ll just refer to this as “the legislation”). The legislation requires that we tell you that we are a data controller for your personal information or, in other words, we determine the purposes for which and the manner in which any of your personal information is, or is to be, processed by us.
How you Consent to us Collecting your Personal Information
If you do not click or select the “I Agree” button that appears in the pop-up at the top of your screen then we will endeavour not to collect your personal information – this is subject to the caveat below.
Caveat: Even if you do not click or select the “I Agree” button there is still some information that we may automatically collect about you – this normally isn’t personal information but rather technical information sent by your device and used to connect your computer, tablet, or mobile device to the Internet, including your browser type and version, the time when you visit our site, your time zone setting, certain browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform. This type of information is sent by you to our site automatically and it isn’t something that we can prevent. We only use this information to administer our site including troubleshooting, load testing, traffic throughput, data analysis, performance testing, and for anonymised research and statistical purposes that we only use internally.
We will only hold your personal information as detailed in our Retention Policy.
Information We May Collect
If you consent to us collecting your personal information then we may process the following data about you:
The information you give to us:
You may give us personal information about you by filling in forms on our site or by corresponding with us by phone, e-mail or otherwise. This includes information you may provide to us when you register to use our site, subscribe to our services, search our site, participate in any discussion boards or other social media functions on our site, enter a competition, promotion or survey, and when you report a problem with our site.
The information you give us may include:
Your child’s name;
Your child’s date of birth;
Your child’s current school;
Possible year of entry for your child;
Information We Collect About You:
When you visit our site we may collect information about you, including which pages you have visited (including date and time) which services and pages you viewed or searched for, page response times, download errors, files downloaded, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from a page and any phone number used to call our customer service number.
The purpose of this information is to allow us to administer our site and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, improving our site to ensure that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer, and as part of our efforts to keep our site safe and secure.
Information we receive from other sources:
Data collected from any of the other sites and services we provide may be shared internally and combined with data collected on this site. We are also working closely with third parties (including for example, sub-contractors in technical, payment and delivery services, analytics providers, search information providers, and credit reference agencies) and may receive information about you from them.
The information you may pass to third-parties outside our control:
On many of the pages on our site, you will see ‘social buttons’. These enable you to share or bookmark pages on our site. These may include buttons for: Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Facebook or other social features.
In order for us to implement these buttons on our site and connect them to the relevant social networks and external sites, there are scripts that are executed from domains owned by third-parties and outside of our control.
You should be aware that these sites are likely to be collecting information about what you are doing all around the Internet, including on our site. So if you click on any of these buttons, these sites will be registering that action and may use that information. In some cases, these sites will be registering the fact that you are visiting our site, and the specific pages you are on, even it you don’t click on the button but are already or automatically logged into their services, like Google and Facebook.
How We May Use Your Personal Information
When you give us your personal information then we may use it to:
- Carry out our obligations from any contracts entered into between you and us and to provide you with information that you request from us.
- Provide you with information about our school.
- Ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.
If you provide us with your e-mail, telephone or mobile number then we may contact you by these electronic means (e-mail, telephone or SMS). However, we will not use your personal information for marketing purposes without first contacting you.
If you do not wish to receive any information by electronic means then please get in touch with us.
If you opt-in to receive information about us then, depending on what personal information we hold about you, we may decide to contact you via:
- Telephone or
You may opt-in to receive general school information or we may ask you to opt-in on a case by case basis.
Don’t forget, you can always opt-out from receiving communications from us after you have opted-in or you can tell us that you only want to receive communications in a particular manner, or about a particular element of the school. Depending on the type of campaign we might give you the ability to select how you would like to be contacted but this might not always be possible due to technical issues.
If you opt-in to receive communication then we may need to store and or pass your personal information to select third parties who are responsible for facilitating communication with you on our behalf. For example, we may need to pass some of your personal details if you wish to be contacted via SMS because we need to partner with a third party business to provide us with this ability.
The third parties that we use are as follows:
Purpose: email service provider for sending you electronic newsletters with news, events and other information about recent developments at school.
Information stored: your email, your name, your child's name and date of birth. We store this information so we can personalise our communications with information that is relevant to you.
Purpose: collecting, storing and analysing data for research, for example if we are running a survey about transport routes to school for parents.
Information collected: this depends on the nature of the survey but it could include: your email, address, postcode and telephone number.
Purpose: collecting and storing information as part of a lead generation Facebook advertising campaign.
Information collected: this depends on the nature of the Facebook advertising campaign but it could include: your name, your email, address and telephone number.
Wufoo , JotForm or Zoom
Purpose: online form builder and storage, for example if we are running an event and registration is on our website via an embed form hosted on Wufoo, JotForm or Zoom.
Information collected: this depends on the nature of the event but it could include: your email, address, IP address, the name and age of child.
Purpose: online event management, for example if we are running an event and registration is online via an online form on Eventbrite and on our website via an embed form.
Information collected: this depends on the nature of the event but it could include: your email, address, IP address, the name and age of child, your bank details if you are purchasing a ticket to attend an event.
Purpose: publication and storage of online pdfs, for example images of students in marketing materials hosted online
Information stored: video and photography used to promote the school.
Purpose: storage of images, video and files
Information stored: images and video of students which could be used for marketing purposes to help promote the school
Vimeo, Youtube and SoundCloud
Purpose: hosting video and audio content for marketing purposes
Information stored: audio and video content with images of students used to promote the school.
Our website content management system: www.stge.org.uk
Purpose: collecting information to attend an event relating to the school, and storing information on the content management system of our website.
Information stored: your email, your name, the name of child, your child’s date of birth, your contact numbers, and the year you are interested in your child joining the school. In addition, our content management system stores the images, video and the first names of students attending the school which are displayed on our website.
If you have opted-in to receive communications but that organisation is not listed above then this might be because we are using that organisation or service on a one-off basis – in which case, we will let you know if this is more than a one-off basis. If you are unsure then please get in touch with us.
The purpose of opting into receiving communications from us is to help us better understand you, engage with you, share details about the school, and to assist us in providing the types of communications that you wish to receive from us. We will not knowingly sell your personal information for marketing purposes or pass your personal information to third parties who are not listed above.
If you are receiving communications from us in error or you have opted-out then please get in touch with us and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Disclosure of Your Information
We may share your personal information with any member of our group, which means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries. The reason for this is that different parts of the school are responsible for different functions within the school and we need to be able to freely pass your personal information within these various units for operational efficiency.
Although we may share your personal information within members of our group, this does not mean that we will use it for advertising or marketing purposes. Unless you opt-in to receive marketing communication we will not contact you unless it is necessary for us to get in touch with you. For example, we may need to get in touch with you if you asked us to provide you with further information about your potential attendance at our school.
Please remember that our Cookies Policy covers matters such as using your personal information for analytics purposes.
In some cases we may disclose information about you with select third-parties:
- We may anonymise and aggregate your information with other users (for example, we may track that 40 families have clicked on a specific article on our site on any given day). We may use such aggregated and anonymised information to help reach a particular target audience or understand how our site is used.
- Credit reference agencies for the purpose of assessing your credit score where this is a condition of us entering into a contract with you or providing you with services.
- Debt collection agencies where you have breached a condition of any contract entered between us and you.
- If we or substantially all of our assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal information held by us about you may be one of the transferred assets.
- If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal information in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce any agreements with you or to protect our rights, property, or safety of our pupils, or our employees.
Where We Store Your Personal Information
The personal info that we collect from you will be stored largely in the UK or in the European Economic Area in accordance with the terms of UK GDPR. School examines and risk assesses the Data Protection Policies of all companies used to provide electronic services where personal data is used and stored to ensure the level of data protection provided is in accordance with that of UK policy.
All personal information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. [Any online payment transactions will be encrypted using Secure Socket Layer/Transport Layer technology.] Where we have given you, or where you have chosen, a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share passwords with anyone.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted from our site and any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your personal information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access. We apply a ‘Privacy by Design’ approach to protecting your personal information in order to promote privacy and data protection compliance from the start.
You have the right to ask us not to process your personal information or to restrict the purposes for which we may process your personal information. However, if you have an account with us on our site and you withdraw your consent then we reserve the right to suspend or terminate your access to certain parts of our site.
You can exercise your right to prevent processing of your personal information by not selecting or clicking on the “I Agree” button when you visit our site or when you login or create an account on our site.
You can also exercise your right at any time by contacting us. If you consented to us collecting and/or processing your personal information but you change your mind then you can get in touch with us about erasing the personal information we hold about you.
Please be aware that, even if we receive a request from you to delete your personal information, it may be that we cannot entirely remove all of your personal information. This is usually because we have a legitimate interest to hold onto some of that personal information, for example, if you have an ongoing contract with us, there are outstanding payments due by you to us, the personal information relates to a third-party such as a pupil who attends our school, or we have a legal obligation to retain some or all of your personal information – but we’ll let you know.
Access to Information
The legislation gives you the right to access a copy of the personal information that we hold about you.
In order to request a copy you need to submit a request – details on how to get in touch can be found at the bottom of this document. However, please remember that certain types of data cannot be disclosed to you as part of your request. For example, we cannot disclose information to you which identifies another individual or information that may be subject to legal professional privilege. In many cases we may be required to redact some of the documentation that you receive in order to comply with the legislation.
Additionally, we cannot just release your personal information to anyone. We can only release your personal information to you or an authorised third party who can demonstrate that you consented to have your personal information released – this is a legal requirement. Therefore, it is important for us to ensure that we confirm your identity before we can release any personal information.
If you send us a request to provide you with a copy of your personal information then we may ask you to provide some identification. We may ask you to provide a copy of your current and valid passport and/or driving license plus a utility bill (that is no more than 3 months old) and has your current address. We may also ask you to visit one of our offices or obtain a solicitors or notary publics’ confirmation of your identification.
All of this might sound very onerous but please understand that we have an obligation to protect your personal information and we need to be certain that it is being released to the right person.
What If I do not Consent or Withdraw Consent?
If you do not consent to us collecting your personal information then we cannot guarantee the full functionality of our site and cannot be held responsible or liable to you for any reduction or restriction in access to our site or any of our other services.
Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the sites of our partners and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these sites, please note that these sites have their own privacy and cookie policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal information to these sites.
How Long Will You Hold onto My Personal Information?
You can find details on how long we may hold onto your personal information on our Retention Policy which can be found here.
0131 311 8000
or if you prefer to write, please contact
Data Protection Officer
St George’s School for Girls
Edinburgh EH12 6BG
If you are not satisfied with the way that we have handled any of your requests or queries relating to our use of your personal data then you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office at www.ico.org.uk. The Information Commissioner’s Office is the statutory body responsible for overseeing data protection legislation and law in the United Kingdom.