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Merton Schools DPO Leading the way in Data Protection

London Borough of Merton

An inspiring example of how schools and their LA can work together to achieve compliance with the new Data Protection laws in the UK

With little support for schools and no additional funding to help them implement the requirements of the GDPR, Merton Schools DPO, Derek Crabtree, quickly identified that the schools in his borough would need help. Passionate about ensuring schools could access a low-cost, all-encompassing data protection package including a named DPO, Derek designed a SLA.

Schools hold and process large quantities of data, much of which is extremely sensitive. Data protection must permeate every part of the school from the leadership team through to kitchen staff who serve food to children with health problems and allergies. All 47 schools in Merton, processing the data of more than 23,000 pupils, bought into the SLA.

The SLA is designed around the market-leading cloud-based school compliance management software, GDPRiS ( The software, monitors, manages and evidences what each school does to protect personal data allowing the schools and LA to work in partnership to achieve compliance with the law.

The team at Merton chose GDPRiS because in Derek’s words “it was the best fit for our schools.”

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