Mathilda Marks Kennedy School sorry for data breach on pupil's health

The head of a Mill Hill Jewish primary is “mortified” by the disclosure of a pupil’s medical condition in an email sent in error by an administrator to the parents of all children. The message, detailing how to deal with the student, had been intended solely for Mathilda Marks-Kennedy staff.

Headteacher Jillian Dunstan said the data breach had been reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office and “appropriate measures taken and precautions put in place to ensure this cannot happen again”.

In a subsequent message to parents, Ms Dunstan wrote: “The issue was picked up within 15 minutes and we immediately sent a follow-up email requesting parents to delete the document. I sincerely hope that, as parents yourselves, you have ensured that none of the contents has been shared or discussed in any way.

“We are also investigating the breach, which happened despite our own code of practice in this area. We sincerely apologise for the distress and upset caused to the family.”

Last updated: 10:45am, June 2 2014