We operate an automatic registration system in the Learning Resources Centre (LRC), for Sixth Form Registration and in the Dining Hall. This improves the service that is offered to students and staff.
Our Oliver Library Management System uses a digital recognition system, known as Fingerpoint to identify borrowers. It allows the student to borrow and return books easily, without the need for a library card.
We also use a system called ParentPay, which students use to pay for their lunches, which also uses a digital recognition system to identify students.
In the Sixth Form we use a system called PARS for biometric registration.
These systems have many benefits:
- the data stored is totally accurate;
- students’ records are fully secure;
- students do not have to carry a card or cash to use either the LRC or pay for lunch. There is nothing, therefore, to lose, or to be used by another student;
- they speed up the systems involved, reducing queues at busy times.
These systems are automated biometric recognition systems and, in line with current legislation on the use of such systems in schools (Protection of Freedoms Act 2012), we will need your written consent in order for your child to benefit from these facilities. To use the systems, we will ask your child to scan their two thumbs, and the digital image obtained is then converted to a barcode which links to the student’s name and tutor group. Actual fingerprints are not stored by the system and it is not possible to create an image of a finger from the information that is held by the School. The data is only held while your child attends the School and will be deleted immediately when they leave.
You and your child have the right to withhold your consent if you wish and in this case we will make alternative arrangements for your child.
Occasionally, we may take photographs of the children at JFS. We may use these images in our school prospectus or in other printed publications that we produce, as well as on our website, Facebook page or on display boards in school. We may also make video or webcam recordings
From time to time JFS may be visited by the media who will take photographs or film footage of a visiting dignitary or other high profile event. Students will often appear in these images, which may appear in local or national newspapers, or on televised news programmes
To comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, we need your permission before we can photograph or make any recordings of your child for promotional purposes
By completing the section on the parental consent/medical form you are confirming that:
- We may use your child’s photograph in the school prospectus and other printed publications that we produce for promotional purposes or on project display boards
- We may use your child’s image on our website and other Social Media
- We may record your child’s image on video or webcam
- You are happy for your child to appear in the media
This permission will be valid for 7 years from the time that you sign, or for the period or time that your child attends the School. The permission will expire three years after your child has left the School. You are free to inform us at any time if you wish to withdraw your consent.