Annual Census

Privacy notice

The Independent Schools Council (ISC) is a membership association made up of schools within membership of one of the five Heads’ associations. ISC is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, registered with Companies House (registered number 1103760).

This privacy notice is intended to cover data collected by ISC during the Annual Census.

What we collect and what we use it for

When you complete the survey the member of staff submitting it will provide the following personal data: - Name - Email address

We use this information to contact you in the event we have queries about your school’s Census data submission.

The Census collects the following personal data for the Head(s); Bursar/Business Manager; Chair of Governors; Examinations Officer; and Marketing Manager:

  • Full Name including title
  • Email address

We use the head’s details to contact them with a variety of ISC communications throughout the year. We use the bursar’s details to contact them with a variety of ISC communications throughout the year relating to financial management. We may use the chair of governors’ details to contact them with issues relating to school governance. We use the exam officer’s details to contact them with communications relating to exam data collection. We use the marketing manager’s details to contact them with information relating to school marketing and strategy.

Some questions on the census, such as the State School Partnerships Impact Statement, require the school to enter free text. We do not collect any personal data in these fields and advisory notices will be added to each of these questions not to include personal data of any kind.

ISC schools must highlight this disclosure of information to the ISC in their own privacy notices.

Sharing your data

We will not share your data with others. Your information will not be used for marketing purposes.

Lawful basis under GDPR and retention

ISC is relying on ‘legitimate interests’ to hold your data as you have provided your data in order to take part in the annual census. Processing this data is in the legitimate interest of the ISC, the independent school sector, ISC associations and ISC schools. We will keep your contact data for one year. If you would like these details to be removed, please email or write to The Independent Schools Council, First Floor 27 Queen Anne’s Gate, London SW1H 9BU to have your details removed.

Your rights in relation to this data and how to contact us

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2016/679) and the UK Data Protection Act 2018, you have certain rights associated with the use of your data.

If you believe that ISC has not complied with this privacy notice or has acted otherwise than in accordance with Data Protection Law, please send your concerns to or The Independent Schools Council, First Floor 27 Queen Anne’s Gate, London SW1H 9BU. You can also make a referral to or lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).


ISC stores and transfers all data securely and we are committed to ensuring that we only use data processors who are GDPR compliant.

For more information on security and ISC’s third party processors, please contact