To facilitate a student, the college must collect a variety or personal & sensitive data. The school follows the guidance as set out buy the Information Commissioner's Office and the Data Protection Act 1998.

Type of Consent Information
Medical Consent  In an emergency, if we are unable to contact you, you consent to the school taking your child to hospital.
Copyright I agree that if selected my child’s work may be published on the school website.
Internet Access I give permission for my child to access the internet.
Photograph Student I agree that photographs of my child may be published (photographs will not identify individuals nor will their full name be used unless additional permission has been sought).
Educational Visit in Ramsey I agree to my child going on an educational visit, travelling on foot, going to locations in Ramsey.
Cashless Catering I give consent for my child to use the biometric cashless catering system.

FAQ: Cashless catering

How does the VeriCool System Work?

Once enrolled onto the system, as each student enters the canteen, they will place their enrolled finger on a fingertip scanner to make a payment for their food - no cash required at the till. During the enrolment process the VeriCool software captures a digital signature of your child’s middle fingertip; the captured digital signature is then broken down into data points.

The VeriCool software then converts these into an alpha- numeric string which is then stored onto our own school server. Nobody has access to this information and the stored data points can only be viewed as a meaningless string of numbers and letters. We would like to assure parents this software is very secure.

How Does The Fingertip Scanner And Software Capture A Unique Identity?

VeriCool biometric software utilises the Digital Persona U r U 4000B optical scanner in conjunction with the Neurotechnolojica and Anteon developed biometric software application. The light on the reader is used solely to illuminate the fingerprint and the scanning device then effectively takes a photograph (which is termed as capturing the image). On a camera the image data would be stored so that the picture can be reproduced again & again. On the fingerprint reader most of the data is discarded and only a limited number (approx. 120) of random points on the fingerprint are retained. These are not stored as images but are converted using a mathematical process to convert the image data to what is essentially a string of random numbers.

The algorithm used by Digital Persona is unique to them. It would be extremely difficult to "reverse engineer" the process to get back to the image data but even if that were achieved all that would be revealed would be the 120 random points of the fingerprint. It is impossible to "recover" the total fingerprint image.