CCTV policy: model and examples

Use and adapt our model CCTV policy to suit your school's context. See examples of CCTV policies from primary, secondary and special schools, to help develop your own.

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  1. Download our model policy
  2. No requirement to have this policy
  3. Examples from primary schools
  4. Examples from secondary schools
  5. Example from a special school

Download our model policy

Our model:

  • Is approved by Forbes Solicitors
  • Is designed for you to adapt to suit your school’s context
  • Takes account of relevant requirements and good practice

Model policy: CCTV

No requirement to have this policy

There's no legislation that says you need a CCTV policy, although you may choose to have one to set out how you'll use any CCTV cameras in school.

Under the UK GDPR, you will need to include details of any CCTV usage in your privacy notices where relevant, but these are the only documents it must be mentioned in.

Examples from primary schools

Maintained school in Barking and Dagenham

Hunters Hall Primary School has a CCTV policy with sections on:

  • Location of cameras
  • Storage and retention of CCTV images
  • Access to CCTV images
  • Responsibilities of the headteacher
  • CCTV signage

Academy on the Isle of Wight

Lanesend Primary School has a CCTV policy (look under the heading 'Money Group') which covers:

  • A statement of intent
  • Monitoring procedures
  • Access to and disclosure of images
  • Procedures in case of any breaches of the code

Examples from secondary schools

Academy in Wigan

Fred Longworth High School has a policy that includes sections on:

  • Operation of the system
  • System functionality and access
  • Monitoring procedures
  • Video CD/DVD procedures

Academy in Wokingham

The Holt School has a CCTV policy that covers:

  • Roles and responsibilities for the data protection officer and other staff
  • Protocols for using CCTV
  • Security of the system
  • Access to CCTV images

Example from a special school

Stony Dean School in Buckinghamshire has a CCTV policy that covers:

  • Siting the cameras
  • Covert monitoring
  • Storage and retention of CCTV images
  • Complaints

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