Use of biometric data
You will be aware that we have been using a biometric system for some years for the identification of students when printing, copying, scanning, purchasing food in the canteen and borrowing books from the Learning Resources Centre. The biometric system works well and saves the previous problems of lost swipe cards, and a complicated system for charging for printing etc.
The biometric system scans the student’s index finger, converting the data into a number. This number is then stored, along with the student’s name and tutor group. When a student wishes to purchase food in the canteen, print, copy, scan or borrow a book from the Library, they place their index finger on a reader, and the information is compared to that in the database to identify the student. No image of the finger stored or recreated.
The use of this biometric data is very tightly controlled, and can only be used for educational administration (ie identifying your child when they purchase food or photocopy); it must be stored securely and cannot be disclosed to any other organisation, and must be deleted when your child leaves Blenheim.
All parents for those students joining Blenheim are asked to sign the agreement on the Admission Form. If you do not want your son/daughter to use the biometric identification system, please let us know in writing, in which case your son/daughter will then be issued with a secure PIN to use in place of the biometric scanner.
Biometric Information at Blenheim
In order to comply with the new legislation, we ask that the form below is completed for each child at Blenheim aged under 18. If you have not yet completed the form please do so using the form below.