Data Protection Act 1998: How we use pupil information

We collect and hold personal information relating to our pupils and may also receive information about them from their previous school, local authority and/or the Department for Education (DfE). We use this personal data to:

  • support our pupils’ learning
  • monitor and report on their progress
  • provide appropriate pastoral care; and
  • assess the quality of our services

This information will include their contact details, national curriculum assessment results, attendance information, any exclusion information, where they go after they leave us and personal characteristics such as their ethnic group, any special educational needs they may have as well as relevant medical information. For pupils enrolling for post 14 qualifications, the Learning Records Service will give us the unique learner number (ULN) and may also give us details about your learning or qualifications.

Once our pupils reach the age of 13, the law requires us to pass on certain information to Walsall LEA who have responsibilities in relation to the education or training of 13-19 year olds. We may also share certain personal data relating to children aged 16 and over with post-16 education and training providers in order to secure appropriate services for them. A parent/guardian can request that only their child’s name, address and date of birth be passed to Walsall LEA by informing The SIMS Manager. This right is transferred to the child once he/she reaches the age 16. For more information about services for young people, please go to our local authority website:
http://web.walsall.gov.uk/childrens-services/workforce/integrated-young-people-support-service

We will not give information about our pupils to anyone without your consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so. If you want to receive a copy of the information about your son/daughter that we hold, please contact:

The SIMS Manager,
St Thomas More Catholic School,
Darlaston Lane,
Willenhall,
WV14 7BL

We are required, by law, to pass certain information about our pupils to our local authority (LA) and the Department for Education (DfE).

DfE may also share pupil level personal data that we supply to them, with third parties. This will only take place where legislation allows it to do so and it is in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Decisions on whether DfE releases this personal data to third parties are subject to a robust approval process and are based on a detailed assessment of who is requesting the data, the purpose for which it is required, the level and sensitivity of data requested and the arrangements in place to store and handle the data. To be granted access to pupil level data, requestors must comply with strict terms and conditions covering the confidentiality and handling of data, security arrangements and retention and use of the data.

For more information on how this sharing process works, please visit:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-pupil-database-apply-for-a-data-extract

For information on which third party organisations (and for which project) pupil level data has been provided to, please visit:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-pupil-database-requests-received

If you need more information about how our local authority and/or DfE collect and use your information, please visit:

Curriculum vision

At Saint Thomas More Catholic School, our curriculum vision is to enable pupils to achieve academic excellence with wider social and spiritual awareness and responsibilities in a caring and supportive environment.

The curriculum is underpinned by a broad set of common values and purposes. These are:

  • encouraging in pupils a deeper knowledge and understanding of key ideas and concepts through a variety of learning methods.
  • providing flexibility in curriculum design and subject choice so that students are able to personalise their learning with regard to their ability and interests whilst retaining breadth in their studies.
  • ensuring that the delivery of learning and teaching is of the highest quality.

Key Stage 3

Students in Key Stage 3 follow a curriculum designed to aid transition from Key Stage 2. It is a curriculum that enables, empowers and encourages, providing students with the opportunity to work in an exciting, creative and successful competence led environment.

Key Stage 4

The Key Stage 4 curriculum is designed to increase the knowledge and understanding of students and prepare them for final examinations and assessment. Students will study both vocational and GCSE courses in a wide variety of subjects. The curriculum is tailored to each individual student through the options process.

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5 students will enter Sixth Form, a vibrant, exciting community which challenges students to realise their academic potential while offering new opportunities for leadership, endeavour and service.

Governors

Dates show end of term of office

Foundation

Mr R Dalton (Chairman) (- 03 September 2018)

Mr S Onions (Vice Chairman) (- 05 August 2017)

Mr D Baker (- 31 August 2018)

Mr C Knowles (- 31 August 2018)

Mrs R Tonks (- 01 December 2017)

Foundation Parent Governor

Mrs K Durkin (- 01 October 2018)

Elected Parent Governors

Mr B Blackmore

Mrs J Kidson (- 31 August 2019)

Mrs J Weaver (- 08 October 2018)

Staff Governors

Mrs J Blue (Non-teacher) (- 31 August 2019)

Mr D O’Connor (Teacher) (- 20 September 2018)

Local Authority Governor

Mr S Sheffield (- 29 September 2018)

Clerk to the Governors

Mrs G Sanghera, Governor Support & Development Services, Walsall Children’s Services (Education)

If you would like to contact a governor please contact Mrs D Dale, Head’s PA on 01902 368798 or Mrs G Sanghera, Clerk to the Governors on 01922 652 859. You can also write to a governor using the usual school address.

Staff

Headteacher

Dr S J Hatfield

Senior Leadership Team

Mrs S Bowen (Deputy Headteacher & Head of Pastoral Care)

Mr S Burns (Deputy Headteacher & Designated Child Protection Officer)

Mr D Virgo (Senior Assistant Headteacher)

Mr M Bishell (Assistant Headteacher)

Mrs A Brown (Assistant Headteacher)

Mr K Brown (Assistant Headteacher)

Headteacher’s PA

Mrs D Dale

Business Manager

Mr S Brierley

Bursar

Mrs C Campbell

Premises Manager

Ms L Johnson (Interserve Integrated Services)