Stolen pupil files — update statement from our Headteacher, Mr John Wilson

As the Headteacher I was contacted at home during the summer break and informed that the files had gone missing as a result of a burglary. The member of staff concerned, who reports directly to her line manager based outwith the school itself, and the City of Edinburgh took appropriate emergency action to minimise the potential damage as a result of the loss of the files. Needless to say the families who were affected received apologies from Council officers as well as being kept informed about the investigation. All the files were recovered intact.

Below is an extract from a statement issued from Council headquarters on 20th July 2012.

‘Action Taken

The Police were contacted immediately by the member of staff. She was able to identify the children whose records were affected and this afternoon attempts were made to contact the parents of all affected children by phone. Letters were also courier delivered to each affected household. The Information Commissioner’s office has been contacted by phone to alert them and this will be followed up with a written report.

Next Steps

Senior Officers within Children and Families are investigating the circumstances. We are working with the member of staff to identify the chain of events and appropriate action will be taken.

All staff will be reminded of their role in ensuring that confidential information is kept safe and secure.’

John J Wilson
Headteacher

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