School Admissions and Transport Appeals – Clerks and Panel Members privacy notice
We keep this privacy notice under regular review and was last updated in January 2022.
Kent County Council respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. This privacy notice will inform you as to how we look after your personal data and tell you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.
Who we are
Kent County Council (KCC) collects, uses and is responsible for certain personal information about you. When we do so we are regulated under the United Kingdom General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018). We are responsible as ‘controller’ of that personal information. Our Data Protection Officer is Benjamin Watts.
The Independent Appeal Panels consider parental cases when children have been refused either a school place or Home to School Transport Assistance. Parents can appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel who consider their cases in line with the Admission Appeal Code and for Transport, KCC’s Home to School Transport Policy.
Personal information we collect and use
Information collected by us
In the course of managing appeals related to School Admissions and Home-to-School Transport we collect the following personal information from clerks and panel members when they provide it to us:
- Your name, address and contact information
- Bank details (external clerks and panel members in receipt of payments or allowances)
- Special category data is only used as part of the appeal process when it is provided by you because you think it is relevant to the appeal.
How we use your personal information
We use your personal information to:
- make necessary arrangements for the hearing of the appeals via Admission Appeal Panels or Transport Appeals (via the Regulation Committee)
- contact potential clerks and panel members to invite them to participate
- allow us to keep in contact with you about appeals you are involved in and to make appropriate records of the appeal
- arrange for Appeal Panel Members and Clerks to participate in appeals and receive relevant payments / allowances.
Reasons we can collect and use your personal information
We collect and use your personal information to carry out tasks under our legal obligation and our public task. We rely on the following legal bases under UK GDPR:
- Article (6)(1)(c) - Legal obligation: the processing is necessary to comply with the law (not including contractual obligations)
- Article (6)(1)(e) - Public task: the processing is necessary to perform a task in the public interest or for official functions (task or function has a clear basis in law)
KCC is required under s.84 of the School Standards and Frameworks Act 1998 and the School Admission Appeal Code 2012 to have appropriate processes in place to provide School Admission Appeals. KCC is required under the Education Act 1996 and the Home-to-School Transport and Post-16 Transport to Education and Training Statutory Guidance to consider Home-to-School Transport. It would not be possible for us to manage the appeals without the personal data of the clerks and Panel Members involved. It is therefore in the public interest to use a formal appeal process, which requires the collection and use of personal data.
When we collect or share special category personal data, we rely upon the following legal bases under UK GDPR:
- Article 9(2)(g) - Reasons of substantial public interest. We rely on the ‘statutory and government purposes’ purpose condition from Schedule 1 of the Data Protection Act 2018 when relying on Article 9(2)(g) to process your special category data
The provision of any additional special category demographic information is not required from you unless it is relevant to your appeal.
How long your personal data will be kept
We will hold your personal information for the following:
- School admission appeals – 2 years after the appeal process has been resolved prior to being securely destroyed
- Transport appeals - records from the hearing and the details of attendees (name and role within the appeal) will be kept for a minimum of 100 years under Local Government Act 1972 and the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 as they feature as part of formal Local Government meetings (Regulation Committee Appeal Panel) and will be archived for democratic accountability and historical purposes
- Bank details / payment information will be kept for 6 years plus the current year (from the last time you were an active supplier as an external clerk or Panel Member in receipt of a payment or allowance – any elected members’ bank details will be held in accordance with privacy arrangements for their role as a KCC member)
- KCC clerk data will be held in accordance with KCC’s Human Resources arrangements and privacy notice
Who we share your personal information with
We routinely share:
- names of clerks and panel members will be shared with the school, parents and any other representatives involved (e.g. lawyer acting on behalf of the parents)
- names of the transport appeal panel members and the clerk are recorded in the minutes of the meeting which are published online (no personal details of appellants or their cases are included)
- bank information and payment records will be shared with KCC finance department for processing (external clerks and panel members in receipt of payments or allowances).
We will share personal information with law enforcement or other authorities if required by applicable law or in connection with legal proceedings.
We will share personal information with our legal and professional advisers in the event of a dispute, complaint or claim. We transfer your data to the following countries or organisations outside the UK: The Netherlands. This is based on an adequacy decision authorised by Part 3, Schedule 21 to the Data Protection Act 2018 (as amended).
Under UK GDPR you have rights which you can exercise free of charge which allow you to:
- know what we are doing with your information and why we are doing it
- ask to see what information we hold about you (subject access request)
- ask us to correct any mistakes in the information we hold about you
- object to direct marketing
- make a complaint to the Information Commissioners Office.
Depending on our reason for using your information you may also be entitled to:
- ask us to delete information we hold about you
- have your information transferred electronically to yourself or to another organisation
- object to decisions being made that significantly affect you
- object to how we are using your information
- stop us using your information in certain ways
We will always seek to comply with your request however we may be required to hold or use your information to comply with legal duties. Please note, your request may delay or prevent us delivering a service to you.
For further information about your rights, including the circumstances in which they apply, see the guidance from the UK Information Commissioners Office (ICO) on individuals’ rights under UK GDPR.
If you would like to exercise a right, please contact the Information Resilience and Transparency Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Withdraw your consent
Where we rely on your consent to process your personal information, you can withdraw your consent to our use of your data at any time. You can do this by emailing email@example.com.
Keeping your personal information secure
We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost, or used or accessed in an unauthorised way. We limit access to your personal information to those who have a genuine business need to know it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorised manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.
Please contact the Information Resilience and Transparency Team at firstname.lastname@example.org to exercise any of your rights, or if you have a complaint about why your information has been collected, how it has been used or how long we have kept it for.
You can contact our Data Protection Officer, Benjamin Watts, at email@example.com, or write to: Data Protection Officer, Sessions House, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ.
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