Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance (Blackfriars TSA) is part of Blackfriars Academy, an academy within the Shaw Education Trust (“the Trust”), a multi academy trust with over 10 academies. The Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee (registration number 09067175) whose registered office is The Lodge Wolstanton High, Milehouse Lane, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire, England, ST5 9JU. The Trust is the Data Controller for all the academies within the Trust.

The Data Protection Officer for the Trust is Natalie Kennedy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance takes the security of the data we hold very seriously, You have a legal right to be informed about how Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance uses any personal information that we hold about you. To comply with this, we have provided a ‘privacy notice’.
This privacy notice explains how we collect, store and use personal data.
We, Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance, are the ‘data controller’ for the purposes of Data Protection Law.

If you have any questions about this notice, please contact Blackfriars TSA who will be happy to direct you.

The personal data we hold
Personal data that we may collect, use, store and share (when appropriate) about you may include, but is not restricted to:

  • Personal information (such as name, address and DBS information) 
  •  Characteristics (such as ethnicity, language, nationality, country of birth and SEN) 
  • Attendance information (such as sessions attended, number of absences and absence reasons) 
  • Relevant medical records (such as the ‘Fitness to Teach & Disability Disclosure’) 
  • Referee statements 
  • Exam/assessment data (such as academic results) 
  • Photos 

We may also hold data that we have received from other organisations, including other educational providers, UCAS, the Department for Education and the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Why we use this data

We use this data to help run Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance, including:
  • to keep you informed about the course/programme you have signed up for 
  • to keep you informed about future courses/programmes 
  • to check eligibility for entry onto courses/programmes 
  • to be able to run courses/events 
  • to be able to carry out school-to-school support 
  • for safeguarding reasons 
  • to track how well Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance is performing 
  • to carry out research 
  • to comply with the law regarding data sharing 

Our legal basis for using this data
We only collect and use your personal data as permitted by law.
Mostly, we process it where:
  • we need to comply with a legal obligation 
  • we need it to perform an official task in the public interest 
  • we have obtained consent to use it in a certain way 

Sometimes, we may also process your personal data in situations where:
  • we need to protect the individual’s vital interests (or someone else’s interests) 
Where we have obtained consent to use your personal data, this consent can be withdrawn at any time. We will make this clear when we ask for consent. If you wish to withdraw your consent then please email the Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Some of the reasons listed above for collecting and using your personal data overlap, and there may be several grounds which justify our use of this data.

Collecting this information
While the majority of information we collect about you is mandatory, there is some information that can be provided voluntarily.

Whenever we seek to collect information from you, we will make it clear whether providing it is mandatory or optional. We will always tell you if it is optional.

How we store this data
We keep personal information about you for six years after the completion/commissioning of the course/programme/services. We may also keep it longer if this is necessary in order to comply with our legal obligations.
We have a data retention policy which sets out how long we must keep information about delegates for.
In most cases, we hold data for six years after the completion/commissioning of the course/programme/services.
The policy can be requested by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Data sharing
We do not share information about you with any third party without consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so.
Where it is legally required or necessary (and it complies with Data Protection Law) we may share personal information about delegates with:
  • Our Local Authority 
  • The Department for Education (a government department) 
  • Educators and examining bodies 
  • Appropriate Bodies for registering NQTs 
  • Our regulator (the organisation or “watchdog” that supervises us), e.g. Ofsted 
  • Suppliers and service providers – so that they can provide the services we have contracted them for 
  • Financial organisations – for course/service fees 
  • Central government 
  • Professional advisers and consultants – to support with the developments and management of Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance. 
  • Police forces, courts, tribunals 

Transferring data internationally
Where we transfer personal data to a country or territory outside the European Economic Area, we will do so in accordance with Data Protection Law.

Your rights regarding personal data
Individuals have a right to make a ‘subject access request’ to gain access to personal information that Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance holds about them.
If you make a subject access request, and if we do hold information about you, we will:
  • give you a description of it 
  •  tell you why we are holding and processing it, and how long we will keep it for 
  • explain where we got it from, if not from you 
  • tell you who it has been, or will be, shared with 
  • let you know whether any automated decision-making is being applied to the data, and any consequences of this 
  • give you a copy of the information in an intelligible form 

Individuals also have the right for their personal information to be transmitted electronically to another organisation in certain circumstances.
If you would like to make a request, please contact our Data Protection Officer.

Other rights
Under Data Protection Law, individuals have certain rights regarding how their personal data is used and kept safe, including the right to:
  • object to the use of personal data if it would cause, or is causing, damage or distress 
  • prevent it being used to send direct marketing 
  • object to decisions being taken by automated means (by a computer or machine, rather than by a person) 
  • have inaccurate personal data corrected, in certain circumstances, deleted or destroyed, or restrict processing 
  • claim compensation for damages caused by a breach of the Data Protection Regulations 

To exercise any of these rights, please contact our Data Protection Officer.

If you have a concern about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, we request that you raise your concern with us in the first instance by contacting the Data Protection Officer. Alternatively, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office at

Contact us
We take any complaints about our collection and use of personal information very seriously.

If you have any questions, concerns or would like more information about anything mentioned in this privacy notice, our Data Protection Officer is Natalie Kennedy who can
be contacted via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This notice is based on the Department for Education’s model privacy notice.

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