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 for Research purposes. The ISC also runs an annual Census for which a separate privacy policy is available here and supports the WISC benchmarking for which a privacy policy is available here.

What we collect and what we use it for

When you complete a non-Census survey you may provide the following personal data:

  • Name
  • Email address

We use this information to contact you in the event we have queries about the data submitted or because you have asked to find out more.

ISC do not collect any identifiable personal data on pupils.

For the Exam Results survey if the auto-upload facility is used, individual results are stored, but are associated with an anonymised candidate number generated by the school’s MIS. The anonymised candidate number is generated specifically for the auto-upload and is not related to any other candidate or pupil identifier, e.g., exam board candidate number, Unique Learner Number (ULN). We use this information to calculate statistics such as exam entries per candidate.

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 this data as you have provided your data in order to take part in the survey. Processing this data is in the legitimate interest of the ISC, the independent school sector, ISC associations and ISC schools. If you decide that you no longer wish for ISC to hold your details, please e-mail

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