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Whiston Worrygoose Junior and Infant School

Photography & Videos at School Policy


Statement of intent

  1. Legal framework
  2. Definitions
  3. Roles and responsibilities 
  4. Parental consent 
  5. General procedures 
  6. Additional safeguarding procedures 
  7. School-owned devices 
  8. Use of a professional photographer 
  9. Permissible photography and videos during school events 
  10. Storage and retention 
  11. Monitoring and review 


a) Consent Form

Statement of intent

At Whiston Worrygoose Junior and Infant School we use imagery and videos for a variety of purposes, including prospectuses, display boards, educational purposes, conferences and the school website. We understand that parents may also wish to take videos or photos of their children participating in school events for personal use.

Whilst we recognise the benefits of photography and videos to our school community, we also understand that these can have significant risks for those involved. Under the legal obligations of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the school has specific responsibilities in terms of how photos and videos are taken, stored and retained.

The school has implemented a policy on the safe use of cameras and videos by staff and parents to reflect the protective ethos of the school with regard to pupils’ safety.

In order to ensure that, as far as possible, the use of photography and video is used safely at all times, the policy provided below should be followed. This policy is applicable to all forms of visual media, including film, print, video, DVD and websites.

Signed by:



Chair of governors


  1. Legal framework

  1. This policy has due regard to legislation, including, but not limited to, the following:
  1. This policy has been created with regard to the following guidance:
  1. This policy also has due regard to the school’s policies, including, but not limited to, the following:
  1. Definitions

For the purpose of this policy:

  1. “Personal use” of photography and videos is defined as the use of cameras to take images and recordings of children by relatives, friends or known individuals, e.g. a parent taking a group photo of their child and their friends at a school event. These photos and videos are only for personal use by the individual taking the photo, and are not intended to be passed on to unknown sources. The principles of the GDPR do not apply to images and videos taken for personal use.
  2. “Official school use” is defined as photography and videos which are used for school purposes, e.g. for building passes. These images are likely to be stored electronically alongside other personal data. The principles of the GDPR apply to images and videos taken for official school use.
  3. “Media use” is defined as photography and videos which are intended for a wide audience, e.g. photographs of children taken for a local newspaper. The principles of the GDPR apply to images and videos taken for media use.
  4. Staff may also take photos and videos of pupils for “educational purposes”. These are not intended for official school use, but may be used for a variety of reasons, such as school displays, special events, assessment and workbooks. The principles of the GDPR apply to images and videos taken for educational purposes.
  1. Roles and responsibilities

  1. The Headteacher is responsible for:
  1. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is responsible for:
  1. Parents are responsible for:
  1. In accordance with the school’s requirements to have a DPO, the DPO is responsible for:

  1. Parental consent

  1. The school understands that consent must be a positive indication. It cannot be inferred from silence, inactivity or pre-ticked boxes.
  2. Consent will only be accepted where it is freely given, specific, informed and an unambiguous indication of the individual’s wishes.
  3. Where consent is given, a record will be kept documenting how and when consent was given and last updated.
  4. The school ensures that consent mechanisms meet the standards of the GDPR. Where the standard of consent cannot be met, an alternative legal basis for processing the data will be found, or the processing will cease.
  5. Where a child is under the age of 16, the consent of parents will be sought prior to the processing of their data, except where the processing is related to preventative or counselling services offered directly to a child.
  6. If the law provides it, children as young as 13 may be permitted to provide consent to the processing of their data.
  7. All parents will be asked to complete the Consent Form on an annual basis, which will determine whether or not they allow their child to participate in photographs and videos.
  8. The Consent Form will be valid for the full academic year, unless the pupil’s circumstances change in any way, e.g. if their parents separate, or consent is withdrawn. Additional consent forms will be required if the pupil’s circumstances change.
  9. If there is a disagreement over consent, or if a parent does not respond to a consent request, it will be treated as if consent has not been given, and photographs and videos will not be taken or published of the pupil whose parents have not consented.
  10. All parents are entitled to withdraw or change their consent at any time during the school year.
  11. Parents will be required to confirm on the Consent Form, in writing, that they will notify the school if their child’s circumstances change in any way, or if they wish to withdraw their consent.
  12. For any LAC pupils, or pupils who are adopted, the DSL will liaise with the pupil’s social worker, carers or adoptive parents to establish where consent should be sought. Consideration will be given as to whether identification of an LAC pupil, or pupils who are adopted, would risk their security in any way.
  13. Consideration will also be given to any pupils for whom child protection concerns have been raised. Should the DSL believe that taking photographs and videos of any pupils would put their security at further risk, greater care will be taken towards protecting their identity.
  14. A list of all the names of pupils for whom consent was not given will be created by the DPO and will be circulated to all staff members. This list will be updated annually, when new consent forms are provided.
  15. If any parent withdraws or changes their consent, or the DSL reports any changes to a pupil’s security risk, or there are any other changes to consent, the list will also be updated and re-circulated.
  1. General procedures

  1. Photographs and videos of pupils will be carefully planned before any activity.
  2. The DPO will oversee the planning of any events where photographs and videos will be taken.
  3. Where photographs and videos will involve LAC pupils, adopted pupils, or pupils for whom there are security concerns, the Headteacher will liaise with the DSL to determine the steps involved.
  4. When organising photography and videos of pupils, the Headteacher, as well as any other staff members involved, will consider the following:
  1. The list of all pupils of whom photographs and videos must not be taken will be checked prior to the activity. Only pupils for whom consent has been given will be able to participate.
  2. The staff members involved, alongside the Headteacher and DPO, will liaise with the DSL if any LAC pupil, adopted pupil, or a pupil for whom there are security concerns is involved. (see section 6 of this policy)
  3. School equipment will be used to take photographs and videos of pupils. Exceptions to this are outlined in section 7 of this policy.
  4. Staff will ensure that all pupils are suitably dressed before taking any photographs or videos.
  5. Where possible, staff will avoid identifying pupils. If names are required, only first names will be used.
  6. The school will not use images or footage of any pupil who is subject to a court order.
  7. The school will not use photographs of children or staff members who have left the school, without parental consent.
  8. Photos and videos that may cause any distress, upset or embarrassment will not be used.
  9. Any concern relating to inappropriate or intrusive photography or publication of content is to be reported to the DPO.
  1.  Additional safeguarding procedures

  1. The school understands that certain circumstances may put a pupil’s security at greater risk and, thus, may mean extra precautions are required to protect their identity.
  2. The DSL will, in known cases of a pupil who is an LAC or who has been adopted, liaise with the pupil’s social worker, carers or adoptive parents to assess the needs and risks associated with the pupil.
  3. Any measures required will be determined between the DSL, social worker, carers, DPO and adoptive parents with a view to minimise any impact on the pupil’s day-to-day life. The measures implemented will be one of the following:
  1. Any outcomes will be communicated to all staff members via a staff meeting and the list outlining which pupils are not to be involved in any videos or photographs, held in the school office, will be updated accordingly.
  1. School-owned devices

  1. Staff are encouraged to take photos and videos of pupils using school equipment; however, they may use other equipment, such as school-owned mobile devices, where the DPO has been consulted and consent has been sought from the Headteacher prior to the activity.
  2. Where school-owned devices are used, images and videos will be provided to the school at the earliest opportunity, and removed from any other devices.
  3. Staff will not use their personal mobile phones, or any other personal device, to take images and videos of pupils.
  4. Photographs and videos taken by staff members on school visits may be used for educational purposes, e.g. on displays or to illustrate the work of the school, where consent has been obtained.
  5. Digital photographs and videos held on the school’s drive are accessible to staff only. Photographs and videos are stored in labelled files, annotated with the date, and are only identifiable by year group/class number – no names are associated with images and videos. Files are password protected, and only staff members have access to these passwords – these are updated termly to minimise the risk of access by unauthorised individuals.
  1. Use of a professional photographer

  1. If the school decides to use a professional photographer for official school photos and school events, the Headteacher will:
  1. Permissible photography and videos during school events

  1. If the Headteacher permits parents to take photographs or videos during a school event, parents will:
  1. Storage and retention

  1. Images obtained by the school will not be kept for longer than necessary.
  2. Hard copies of photos and video recordings held by the school will be annotated with the date on which they were taken and will be stored in the school office. They will not be used other than for their original purpose, unless permission is sought from the Headteacher and parents of the pupils involved and the DPO has been consulted.
  3. Paper documents will be shredded or pulped, and electronic memories scrubbed clean or destroyed, once the data should no longer be retained.
  4. The DPO will review stored images and videos on a termly basis to ensure that all unwanted material has been deleted.
  5. Parents must inform the school in writing where they wish to withdraw or change their consent. If they do so, any related imagery and videos involving their children will be removed from the school drive immediately.
  6. When a parent withdraws consent, it will not affect the use of any images or videos for which consent had already been obtained. Withdrawal of consent will only affect further processing.
  7. Where a pupil’s security risk has changed, the DSL will inform the Headteacher immediately. If required, any related imagery and videos involving the pupil will be removed from the school drive immediately. Hard copies will be removed by returning to their parents or by shredding, as appropriate.
  8. Official school photos are held on SIMS alongside other personal information, and are retained for the length of the pupil’s attendance at the school, or longer, if necessary, e.g. due to a police investigation.
  9. Some educational records relating to former pupils of the school may be kept for an extended period for legal reasons, but also to enable the provision of references or academic transcripts.
  1. Monitoring and review  

  1. This policy will be reviewed on an annual basis by the Headteacher and the DPO. The next scheduled review date for this policy is May 2019.
  2. Any changes to this policy will be communicated to all staff members and, where appropriate, parents.

Consent Form

This form explains the reasons why and how Whiston Worrygoose J and I  may use images and videos of your child. Please read the form thoroughly and outline your agreement as appropriate.

Name of pupil:

Name of parent:

Year group and class number:

Why do we need your consent?

WWJI requests the consent of parents on an annual basis to use images and videos of their child for a variety of different purposes.

Without your consent, the school will not use images and videos of your child. Similarly, if there are only certain conditions under which you would like images and videos of your child to be used, the school will abide by the conditions you outline in this form.

Why do you we use images and videos of your child?

WWJI uses images and videos of pupils as part of school displays to celebrate school life and pupils’ achievements; to promote the school on social media and on the school’s website; and for other publicity purposes in printed publications, such as newspapers.

Where the school uses images of individual pupils, the name of the pupil will not be disclosed. Where an individual pupil is named in a written publication, a photograph of the pupil will not be used to accompany the text.

If, for example, a pupil has won an award and their parent would like their name to be published alongside their image, separate consent will be obtained prior to this.

WWJI may take images or videos of individual pupils and groups of pupils to use on social media, the school website, in school prospectuses and other printed publications, such as a newsletter.

Who else uses images and videos of your child?

It is common that the school is visited by local media and press, who take images or videos of school events, such as sports days. Pupils will appear in these images and videos, and these may be published in local or national newspapers, or on approved websites.

Where any such organisation intends to use images or videos of your child, additional consent will be sought before any image or video is used.

What are the conditions of use?

Providing your consent

Please read the following conditions thoroughly and provide your consent as appropriate by ticking either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ for each criteria.

The school will only publish images and videos of your child for the conditions that you provide consent for.

I provide consent to:



Photographing and videoing my child.

Using images of my child on the school website.

Using videos of my child on the school website.

Using images of my child in marketing material, e.g. the school brochure and prospectus.

Sharing my child’s data with a school-appointed external photography company for official school images. This includes the following:

  • Name
  • Class
  • Roll number

Refreshing your consent

This form is valid for the entire academic year, 2018-19 – it will be updated on an annual basis. Parents are required to fill in a new form for their child every academic year.

Consent will also be refreshed where any changes to circumstances occur – this can include, but is not limited to, the following:

Where you would like to amend the provisions for which consent has been provided, you must submit your request in writing to the Headteacher. A new form will be supplied to you to amend your consent accordingly and provide a signature.

Withdrawing your consent

Parents have the right to withdraw their consent at any time. Withdrawing your consent will not affect any images or videos that have been shared prior to withdrawal.

If you would like to withdraw your consent, you must submit your request in writing to the Headteacher.


I, ___________________ (name of parent), understand:

Name of parent:






If you have any questions regarding this form, please do not hesitate to contact Kerry Ferris at school.