Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Latest on fingerprinting of Newbury schoolchildren

The original complaint was from a parent of a child at Trinity School, Newbury.

I have just had an update from West Berkshire Council's Education Service. Trinity School make their own arrangements for school meals. They do not use West Berkshire Council's school meals provision. Schoolchild fingerprinting  must therefore be a Trinity School requirement and nothing to do with the new West Berkshire Council ISS-provided school meals contract.

Apparently, Kennet School in Thatcham has been using "biometric" identification for school lunches for some time.

Both Trinity and Kennet schools are now academies, so neither the council nor councillors have much influence on what they do.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale

West Berkshire Council
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