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Biometric registration of students

The College wishes to use information about each student as part of an automated (i.e. electronically-operated) recognition system. This is, initially, for the purposes of a cashless catering system in the cafeteria, but may be extended to other facilities, such as the library, in the future . The information that we wish to use is referred to as ‘biometric information’ (see next paragraph). Under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (sections 26 to 28), we are required to notify each parent of a child and obtain the written consent of at least one parent before being able to use a child’s biometric information for an automated system.

Biometric information and how it will be used

Biometric information is information about a person’s physical or behavioural characteristics that can be used to identify them, for example, information from their fingerprint. The College would like to take and use information from each student's fingerprint and use this information for the purpose of providing them with access to the cashless catering system

The information will be used as part of an automated biometric recognition system. This system will take measurements of each student's fingerprint and convert these measurements into a template to be stored on the system. An image of the actual fingerprint is not stored. The template (i.e. measurements taking from the student's fingerprint) is what will be used to permit them to access services.

The law does not, strictly, come into effect until September 2013, but you will be aware that we have already contacted all parents to request that they complete and return to us an opt-in form. If you have not already done so, then please complete and return this without delay. You may also provide consent by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In the interim, so that all students are able to benefit from the new system, we will enrol everyone unless we receive an advice to the contrary. From September, however, any student for whom we have not received consent, will be removed from the system.

We believe that this new system can have great benefits for all students and parents and would urge you to ensure that your child can continue to have access to it, from September onwards, by providing the neccessary consent to us at the earliest opportunity.

Many thanks

Ms J Rogers (Deputy Head Teacher).