Background of Biometrics in Schools

At Felpham Community College we use a biometric recognition system for our cashless catering system. Biometric information is information about someone’s physical or behavioural characteristics that can be used to identify them.  There are many possible biometrics, including for example, a digital photograph, fingerprint, or hand shapes.  As part of our identity management systems, we currently record biometric measurement taken from a finger, but not a fingerprint image.  The information is stored in a highly secure database and is only used by the college to confirm who is using a range of services.  In future we may use other biometric services where appropriate.

Our chosen solution allows us to use a secure database holding biometric data for use with a range of services.  This means we store the least amount of data possible.  This reduces the risk of loss of data.

The data that is held cannot be used by any other agency for any other purpose.

The college will not use the biometric information for any purpose other than that stated above.  The school will store the biometric information collected securely in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.  The school will not share this information with anyone else and will not unlawfully disclose it to any other person.

Current Legislation – The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

This legislation requires schools to:

  • Inform parents about the use of the biometric systems in the school and explain what applications use biometrics.
  • Receive written permission from one parent if the school is to continue processing biometrics for their child.
  • Allow children to choose an alternative way of being identified if they wish.
  • Children under 18 who do not have permission by September 2013 will not be able to use existing or new biometrics when using services in the school.

If you do not wish your son / daughter to use the biometric system an alternative form of identification, such as an Identity Card, we be required that allows them to access current and future services.

Please note that when a student leaves the school, or if for some other reason ceases to use the biometric system, their biometric data will be permanently deleted.

If you would like to discuss this in more detail, please contact Mr Rayner, Business Manager, at the following: 
Email or telephone: 01243 838027