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Employing the right staff is key to the success of our Trust. We understand that valuing and developing our staff is the best way to release their potential. In return, we seek staff who are passionate about working with young people, resilient, and with a truly growth mindset. If this is you, we look forward to hearing from you!

Our staff are our most valuable resource: we know that great people make great schools. We work hard to ensure that our teaching and support staff have the best possible professional development opportunities through the Trust and that we give serious consideration to their workload and wellbeing.

Our RET Staff Charter summarises the commitment we make to all staff who join and work at Ridgeway Education Trust.

We are committed to expressing our values of high quality learning, respectful relationships and an inclusive environment in the day-to-day experience of staff and students throughout our schools. 

We expect all staff and volunteers to share our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Recruitment to all posts is subject to satisfactory references and enhanced DBS checks. Additional standard pre-employment checks will also be undertaken.

Ridgeway Education Trust is an equal opportunities and family-friendly employer.

RET Privacy Notice for the Trust Workforce

Under data protection law, individuals have a right to be informed about how the school uses any personal data that we hold about them. We comply with this right by providing ‘privacy notices’ (sometimes called ‘fair processing notices’) to individuals where we are processing their personal data.

This privacy notice explains how we collect, store and use personal data about individuals we employ, or otherwise engage, to work at our schools.

We, Ridgeway Education Trust, Manor Crescent, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7AJ are the ‘data controller’ for the purposes of data protection law.

In this privacy policy notice ‘we’, ‘us’ and ‘our’ means Ridgeway Education Trust.

Our Data Protection Officer role is contracted in though Turn IT On. The DPO can be contacted through the Trust Data Lead (see contact details below) or directly by via (Tele 01865 597620 - option 3 - GDPR)

The personal data we hold

We process data relating to those we employ, or otherwise engage, to work at our school. Personal data that we may collect, use, store and share (when appropriate) about you includes, but is not restricted to:

  • Contact details
  • Date of birth, marital status and gender
  • Next of kin and emergency contact numbers
  • Salary, annual leave, pension and benefits information
  • Bank account details, payroll records, National Insurance number and tax status information
  • Recruitment information, including copies of right to work documentation, references and other information included in a CV or cover letter or as part of the application process
  • Qualifications and employment records, including work history, job titles, working hours, training records and professional memberships
  • Performance information
  • Outcomes of any disciplinary and/or grievance procedures
  • Absence data
  • Copy of driving licence
  • Photographs
  • CCTV footage
  • Data about your use of the school’s information and communications system

We may also collect, store and use information about you that falls into "special categories" of more sensitive personal data. This includes information about (where applicable):

  • Race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and political opinions
  • Trade union membership
  • Health, including any medical conditions, and sickness records

Why we use this data

  • The purpose of processing this data is to help us run the school, including to:
  • Enable you to be paid
  • Facilitate safe recruitment, as part of our safeguarding obligations towards pupils
  • Support effective performance management
  • Inform our recruitment and retention policies
  • Allow better financial modelling and planning
  • Enable equalities monitoring
  • Improve the management of workforce data across the sector
  • Support the work of the School Teachers’ Review Body

Our lawful basis for using this data

Collecting and using your information in this way is lawful because:

  • The processing is necessary for the performance of your employment contract and, in the case of special category personal data, i.e. sensitive information, processing that personal data is necessary for performing or exercising obligations or rights which are conferred on us or on you by law in connection with your employment.
  • In the case of special category personal data, the processing is necessary for a safeguarding purpose, i.e. to protect pupils from harm. This is in the substantial public interest.
  • The processing is necessary for the performance of our education function, which is a function in the public interest.

Less commonly, we may also use personal information about you where:

  • You have given us consent to use it in a certain way
  • We need to protect your vital interests (or someone else’s interests)

Where you have provided us with consent to use your data, you may withdraw this consent at any time. We will make this clear when requesting your consent, and explain how you go about withdrawing consent if you wish to do so.

Some of the reasons listed above for collecting and using personal information about you overlap, and there may be several grounds which justify the school’s use of your data.

Collecting this information

While the majority of information we collect from you is mandatory, there is some information that you can choose whether or not to provide to us.

Whenever we seek to collect information from you, we make it clear whether you must provide this information (and if so, what the possible consequences are of not complying), or whether you have a choice.

We also collect information from a previous employer or educational establishment. You will know about this because you will have supplied us with the relevant contact details.

How we store this data

Personal data is stored in line with our Data Protection Policy / the IRMS Information Management Toolkit.

We create and maintain an employment file for each staff member. The information contained in this file is kept secure and is only used for purposes directly relevant to your employment.

Once your employment with us has ended, we will retain this file and delete the information in it in accordance with the IRMS Information Management Toolkit.

Data sharing

We do not share information about you with any third party without your 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 you with:

If you require more information about how the local authority stores and uses your personal data please visit:

All data is transferred securely and held by DfE under a combination of software and hardware controls which meet the current government security policy framework.

If you require more information about how the DfE processes your personal data please visit:  

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) We disclose personal data about you to the Disclosure and Barring Service for the purposes of carrying out checks on your suitability for work with children.
  • Payroll and HMRC We disclose details about you including national insurance number and absence information to our payroll provider to enable you to be paid. We also share your identity and pay information with HMRC in conjunction with your legal obligation to pay income tax and make national insurance contributions.
  • Salary Sacrifice Scheme Where you have decided to become part of a salary sacrifice scheme, such as that for child care vouchers, we share your details with the provider to the extent necessary for them to provide the vouchers to you.
  • Pension We share your details with your pension provider in order to make sure that you pay the correct amount and maintain your entitlement to a pension upon your retirement. For teachers the scheme is the TPS, for support staff the scheme is LGPS.
  • Our Regulator We share your details with Ofsted to meet our legal obligations and as it is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest and in the exercise of authority.
  • Our auditors when it is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation.​
  • Police forces, courts, tribunals which is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation.
  • Professional bodies when it is necessary for the performance of a contract.

Our disclosures to third parties are lawful because one of the following reasons applies:

For ordinary personal data uses:

  • The disclosure is necessary for the performance of your employment contract
  • The disclosure is necessary for the performance of a legal obligation to which the RET is subject.
  • The disclosure is necessary for the performance of our education function which is a function in the public interest.
  • We collect your consent

For Special Category Personal Data (i.e., sensitive personal information) uses:

  • The disclosure is necessary for safeguarding purposes, i.e. to protect pupils from harm, and is therefore in the substantial public interest.
  • The disclosure is necessary for the purposes of performing or exercising obligations or rights which are imposed or conferred by law on us as the Data Controller or on you in connection with your employment
  • Where we collect ethnic origin or disability information for equality monitoring purposes, this falls within substantial public interest and is therefore lawful (but you are not required to provide information for that purpose if you do not want to) we collect your explicit consent.

Biometric Systems

Where one of our schools operates a biometric system for staff identification (where used, these are usually fingerprint-based systems found in catering and library applications, but can include door entry and other systems) then the schools will require explicit written consent from each intended user.

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.

Requesting access to your personal data

Under data protection legislation you have a right to request access to information about you that we hold. To make a request for your personal information please follow the subject access request procedure set out in the Trust Data Protection Policy.

You also have the right to:

  • Object to the use of your personal data if it would cause, or is causing, damage or distresS
  • Prevent your data being used to send direct marketing
  • Object to the use of your personal data for decisions being taken by automated means (by a computer or machine, rather than by a person)
  • In certain circumstances, have inaccurate personal data corrected, 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 through the Trust Director of Finance & Services in the first instance


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

If you think that our collection or use of personal information is unfair, misleading or inappropriate, or have any other concern about our data processing, please raise this with us in the first instance.

To make a complaint, please contact our data protection officer. The DPO can be contacted through the Trust Director of Finance & Services or directly by via

Alternatively, you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office:

  • Report a concern online at
  • Call 0303 123 1113
  • Or write to: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Contact us

If you have any questions, concerns or would like more information about anything mentioned in this privacy notice, please contact:

Jane Emmott - Trust Data Lead or telephone 01235 812092

in the first instance. Matters will be referred onto the Trust DPO where applicable. The DPO can also be contacted direct on  if needed.


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