An introduction to GDPR

If you have not already heard of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we have put together some information to help you understand the changes being made to data protection by the Government, how it affects schools and everybody connected with those schools.

As an introduction to this important subject, we are sharing this 5-minute video with you to help everyone connected with Plymouth High School get better acquainted with GDPR:
Schools handle a large amount of personal data. This includes information on pupils, such as grades, medical information, images and much more. Schools also hold data on staff, governors, volunteers and job applicants. Schools will also handle what the GDPR refers to as special category data, which is subject to tighter controls. This could be details on race, ethnic origin, biometric data or trade union membership.

This data is already governed by existing DPA regulations, which ensure personal data is handled lawfully. However, the new GDPR has gone further and requires organisations to document how and why they process all personal data, and gives enhanced rights to the individual.

Our policies are in the process of being updated and, once ratified by our Governing body, will be available with the rest of our documents below:
Here, in a series of very useful infographic pages from, is an overview of GDPR: