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If you have a Safeguarding Concern during closure please contact the school email address for the attention of Dawn Ridyard or Grace O'Malley:

“The quality of teaching over time is strong and pupils are learning well… Pupil’s at St Joseph the Worker develop as confident, polite citizens who feel good about themselves and their education.” OFSTED May 2017

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

Our school is very much a team built on the values of the Gospel. The staff and governors work hard with all the families to make sure that every child has the best school experience and the opportunity to grow to their full academic, personal and spiritual potential through a broad, challenging and exciting curriculum.

I am proud to say that St Joseph the Worker is a good school. Our strong partnership with the Parish puts us at the heart of the Catholic community which we serve.

If you have any questions or comments please come in to see me. I am always happy to listen and look forward to welcoming you into our school.

With very best wishes,

Dawn Ridyard - Headteacher BA (Hons) PGCE NPQH MA

Leaders are passionate about serving their community and are held in high regard by the parents and governors of the school. One parent was very clear about her support for the Headteacher whom she described as ‘full of love.’ RE Inspection July 2017

“Parents spoke very highly of the school and its provision for all, citing all the staff as approachable, friendly and helpful. One parent of a child who is relatively new to the school in lower Key Stage 2 said that no issue was too small and even ‘a minor hiccup’ is dealt with quickly and positively. All stakeholders feel involved in the whole community, something that is driven passionately by the headteacher and the parish priest who is the chair of governors. Both are ever present and offer warmth and love to all.” RE Inspection July 2017

Data Protection

Privacy Notice (How we use pupil information)


Why do we collect and use pupil information?

We collect and use pupil information under The Data Protection Act 1998, which is designed to ensure that personal data held by the council is looked after properly. We will collect, use, and store personal data about you according to the principles set down in the Data Protection Act.

The rules which govern the council's use of personal data are the Data Protection Principles which state, in accordance with article 6 of The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming into force May 2018, data must be:

  • Fairly and lawfully processed
  • Processed for limited purposes
  • Adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • Accurate
  • Not kept for longer than is necessary
  • Processed in line with your rights
  • Secure
  • Not transferred to countries without adequate protection

We use the pupil data:

  • to support pupil learning
  • to monitor and report on pupil progress
  • to provide appropriate pastoral care
  • to assess the quality of our services
  • to comply with the law regarding data sharing

The categories of pupil information that we collect, hold and share include:

 Personal information (such as name, unique pupil number and address)

  • Characteristics (such as ethnicity, language, nationality, country of birth and free school meal eligibility)
  • Attendance information (such as sessions attended, number of absences and absence reasons)
  • Attendance information (such as sessions attended, number of absences and absence reasons)
  • Academic assessment information
  • Medical information
  • Special educational needs information
  • Behavioural information
  • Safeguarding information
  • Family details (names of parents and siblings, emergency contact details)

 Collecting pupil information

Whilst the majority of pupil information you provide to us is mandatory, some of it is provided to us on a voluntary basis. In order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, we will inform you whether you are required to provide certain pupil information to us or if you have a choice in this.

Storing pupil data

We will only hold pupil data for as long as is necessary for its stated purpose.

  • For academic data, we will keep this until the pupil reaches the age of 25
  • Personal data (name, address) will be kept until the pupil is no longer at the school. This is stored centrally at Salford City Council

Who do we share pupil information with?

We routinely share pupil information with:

  • Schools that the pupil’s attend after leaving us
  • Our local authority
  • The Department for Education (DfE)
  • School Heath / NHS
  • Educational Psychology Services
  • Children’s Services / Safeguarding Team
  • Assessment services (School Pupil Tracker Online & Target Tracker)

 Why we share pupil information

We do not share information about our pupils with anyone without consent unless the law and our policies allow us to do so.

We share pupils’ data with the Department for Education (DfE) on a statutory basis. This data sharing underpins school funding and educational attainment policy and monitoring.

We are required to share information about our pupils with the (DfE) under regulation 5 of The Education (Information About Individual Pupils) (England) Regulations 2013.

 The National Pupil Database (NPD)

The NPD is owned and managed by the Department for Education and contains information about pupils in schools in England. It provides invaluable evidence on educational performance to inform independent research, as well as studies commissioned by the Department. It is held in electronic format for statistical purposes. This information is securely collected from a range of sources including schools, local authorities and awarding bodies.

 We are required by law, to provide information about our pupils to the DfE as part of statutory data collections such as the school census and early years’ census. Some of this information is then stored in the NPD. The law that allows this is the Education (Information About Individual Pupils) (England) Regulations 2013.

 To find out more about the pupil information we share with the department, for the purpose of data collections, go to

To find out more about the NPD, go to

The department may share information about our pupils from the NPD with third parties who promote the education or well-being of children in England by:

  • conducting research or analysis
  • producing statistics
  • providing information, advice or guidance

The Department has robust processes in place to ensure the confidentiality of our data is maintained and there are stringent controls in place regarding access and use of the data. Decisions on whether DfE releases data to third parties are subject to a strict approval process and 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 information, organisations must comply with strict terms and conditions covering the confidentiality and handling of the data, security arrangements and retention and use of the data.

For more information about the department’s data sharing process, please visit:

For information about which organisations the department has provided pupil information, (and for which project), please visit the following website:

To contact DfE:

Requesting access to your personal data

Under data protection legislation, parents and pupils have the right to request access to information about them that we hold. To make a request for your personal information, or be given access to your child’s educational record, contact the school Data Protection Officer, at school.

You also have the right to:

  • object to processing of personal data that is likely to cause, or is causing, damage or distress
  • prevent processing for the purpose of direct marketing
  • object to decisions being taken by automated means
  • in certain circumstances, have inaccurate personal data rectified, blocked, erased or destroyed; and
  • claim compensation for damages caused by a breach of the Data Protection regulations

If you have a concern about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, you should raise your concern with us in the first instance or directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office at


If you would like to discuss anything in this privacy notice, please contact:

  • Corporate Information Officer on 0161 793 2407 or email
  • Public Communications Unit
    Department for Education
    Sanctuary Buildings
    Great Smith Street
    SW1P 3BT

Tel:           0370 000 2288



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“Together as God’s children we will, love, learn, grow, inspire, Let your light shine”.


  • To work together with families as the first educators of their children.
  • To create a happy Roman Catholic atmosphere in which everyone can develop spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, morally and physically.
  • To provide a safe, caring, stimulating environment in which everyone is encouraged to develop his or her full potential.
  • To promote self-discipline in an atmosphere which fosters respect, tolerance and acceptance of all people.
  • This school is committed to encouraging the children to develop into responsible members of the school community in preparation for their role as adult members of society. In helping us to achieve this goal we anticipate the co-operation of all our parents.
  • To support all members of the community in their faith journey.

St Joseph The Worker RC Primary School, Cutnook Ln, Irlam, Manchester M44 6GX