Photography and Permissions
As you are aware, we are fortunate at St. Stephen's to enjoy a multitude of trips and events throughout the school year that we love to share with parents. We usually do this by updating the website, updating Twitter and including photos in the school newsletter, which of course is hosted on our website.
We do this because many parents like to see how their child is getting on at school and it is a brilliant way of showcasing the activities and events that take place. However, not everyone wants their child to be included in these articles or across these channels - we understand that they have valid reasons for this and we are committed to ensuring that those wishes are carried out.
However, we also know from recent trips, that whilst some parents have ticked the 'no photography' box on the GDPR forms, they don't necessarily have any issues with their child being photographed. In some cases, parents have asked why they never see their child included.
According to our records, we currently have 70 children who cannot be photographed for this purpose. Parents and carers have either not responded, not specified or actively declined permission.
For those children who cannot be photographed, we obviously manage the process as sensitively and discreetly as possible. However, it does mean that we may need to ask them to stand out of some group photos, so it's always helpful if you have spoken to your child already. This way they understand why they are not being photographed. We want to make sure that no-one feels excluded.
We would ask that if you don't mind them being included, but you think you've withheld permission for your child to be photographed - or you just can't remember what you filled in on the GDPR form - please can you contact the school office on firstname.lastname@example.org.
That way, we can check your current status and ensue it is up to date and accurate.