A former head teacher who obtained personal information about schoolchildren has been prosecuted. The information included names, unique pupil numbers, pupil attainment and progress spreadsheets, along with performance management data for staff.

Darren Harrison, of Twickenham, obtained the information from two primary schools at which he had previously worked and uploaded the data onto his former school's servers. Mr Harrison stated that he took the data from the system for professional purposes.

Mr Harrison appeared before Ealing Magistrates' Court and admitted two offences of unlawfully obtaining personal data, in breach of s55 of the Data Protection Act 1998. He was fined £700, ordered to pay costs of £364.08 and a victim surcharge of £35.