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Biometric Data

Catering and Library loans at Cheadle Hulme School are made faster and more efficient with student authentication through a biometric recognition system.

Information about giving consent for this is detailed in the Acceptance Form when accepting the offer of a place at Cheadle Hulme School.  We are happy to answer any questions about collecting biometric information or about any of the systems we use; please contact our Admissions team in the first instance.

At the heart of our cashless systems is a secure database and this database is used to recognise each individual student and record attendance at lunch, itemised spend at Morning Break or in Strollers on any specific date or given time, and any books loaned from our Learning Resource Centre.

At the beginning of the year we will use a fingerprint scanner to collect new student biometric data.  Using the latest fingerprint recognition software, fingerprints are translated into a unique code which is stored securely and from this point on the system will identify students using their code; the image of the fingerprint is immediately discarded.  Parent/carer consent is valid until such time as it is withdrawn and data is securely destroyed when it is no longer needed (or the student leaves Cheadle Hulme School).

To make purchases the student places their finger on a scanner and a display will show staff the students name and class details.  The selected food items / books will be entered into the system and any charges (along with lunch charge) is entered on each bill at the end of the term.

Parents and students have a right to refuse or withdraw their consent for this biometric recognition system and the alternative is for students to use a personalised swipe card.

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