Privacy Policy

This policy explains how SFFST collects and uses information via its website. Please click on the following links for more information on how the Schools use information about students and parents.

Information on how the School uses parents’ and alumni information

Information on how the School uses students’ information

Information on how the School uses staff information

Contact email addresses: freeschools@seckford-foundation.org.uk

Introduction

(a)      The Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust (SFFST) was set up to help local communities to establish and run a number of free schools and academies in Suffolk. The Trust was established by the Seckford Foundation which is a long established charity dedicated to the education and welfare of young people and older people in Suffolk.

(b)  Our free schools are publicly-funded state schools which are open to local students irrespective of ability or need. We have free schools at Saxmundham, Beccles and Ixworth. Our schools are designed to provide an excellent, academically-focussed education to students in Years 7-11. SFFST has high academic, personal and social aspirations for all our students and we aim to deliver above national average progress and achievement for every student relative to their starting points and abilities.

(c)  SFFST IS A CHARITABLE COMPANY LIMITED BY GUARANTEE (NUMBER 08077362) .

(d)        ‘SFFST/’we’/’us’, for the purposes of this Privacy Policy, means both the registered charity and the schools referred to above.

(e)        The Site is a UK-based website and we take reasonable care to comply with the requirements of the UK Data Protection Act 1998 (‘the Act’) relating to the personal information you supply on the Site.

(f)         For the purposes of the Act, the data controller is SFFST and it is registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioner for the United Kingdom.

Your Personal Data

(a)        From time to time we may ask you to supply personal data on the Site. Personal data is any information that enables us to identify you in some way, such as your name and an email address (‘Information‘).

(b)        If you supply us with any Information, we will ensure that your personal data is only used for the purpose for which it was requested and is held securely.

How We Will Use Your Information

(a)        Cookies
The Site uses cookies for analytical purposes as these will help us make improvements for the future. You may refuse to accept cookies by clicking “switch off cookies” at the bottom of any page on the Site, but if you do so parts of the Site may not work correctly. Information about your computer, such as your IP address, operating system and browser type, may also be used to examine usage trends, but this will not allow for any personal identification.

(b)       Questionnaires, surveys, competitions or other similar activities
From time to time may ask you to complete questionnaires or surveys on the Site or invite you to participate in competitions and other similar activities. The personal data collected by us during the course of any such activity will only be used for the purpose stated on the Site in connection with that activity. You may also be given the opportunity to add your address details to our databases so we can contact you in the future. We will only use this information to contact you if you expressly give us permission to do so.

(c)        Mailing Lists and Newsletters
We may offer you the opportunity to sign up to a mailing list and/or newsletter, but if you subsequently change your mind, you may opt out by notifying us at our Contact email address above.

(d)       Requests for information
If you make a request for further information using the contact details given on the Site, the data will only be retained on our web servers as long as is reasonable. Please contact the school for further detailed information.

(e)       Other communications
We may use your Information to notify you by email about important functionality changes and alterations to the Site, but if you do not wish to receive any such communications, please notify us using our Contact email address.

Updating Your Information 

If any of your Information changes, please notify us at the above Contact email address

Links To Third Parties’ Sites

We may provide links to other websites.  Before supplying any personal information to any other website, we recommend that you check that website’s Privacy Policy.  We do not accept responsibility for the protection of any data supplied to other sites.

Who We May Share Your Information With

Except as set out below, we will not sell, distribute or disclose your Information without your consent, unless required or permitted to do so by law.

Internet

The Site uses a security system that protects your Information from unauthorised use.  However, as no data transmissions over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure, we cannot take responsibility for any unauthorised access or loss of personal information that is beyond our control.

Changes To Privacy Policy

Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time.  In this case, the amended version will be published on the Site.

Social Media Platforms

Communication, engagement and actions taken through external social media platforms that this website and its owners participate on are custom to the terms and conditions as well as the privacy policies held with each social media platform respectively.

Users are advised to use social media platforms wisely and communicate / engage upon them with due care and caution in regard to their own privacy and personal details. This website nor its owners will ever ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive details to contact them through primary communication channels such as by telephone or email.

This website may use social sharing buttons which help share web content directly from web pages to the social media platform in question. Users are advised before using such social sharing buttons that they do so at their own discretion and note that the social media platform may track and save your request to share a web page respectively through your social media platform account.

Shortened links in relation to social media

This website and its owners through their social media platform accounts may share web links to relevant web pages. By default some social media platforms shorten lengthy urls.

Users are advised to take caution and good judgement before clicking any shortened urls published on social media platforms by this website and its owners. Despite the best efforts to ensure only genuine urls are published many social media platforms are prone to spam and hacking and therefore this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any shortened links.

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