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Restore Datashred
Education Sector
Restore Datashred
Education Sector

Caring about confidentiality:
how Restore Datashred helps the education sector

In 2016-2017, the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) recorded the number of students in higher education – that is, universities and colleges, at under- and postgraduate levels – at over 2.3million.

In June 2018, the Department of Education counted 8.74million pupils at state-funded and independent nursery, primary and secondary schools and, in the same month, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 1.51million people were employed in public sector education, with a significant figure over and above that employed privately.

Whichever way you look at it, a significant percentage of people in this country are involved in education and that number seems set to grow. They’re all learning, researching, teaching, generating ideas and, most of all, generating a sea of documents – both on paper and digitally – that contain confidential data and therefore must be managed, and destroyed, in compliance with GDPR.

At Restore Datashred we know that you need data shredding services supplied at a fair price by accredited businesses that are large enough in scale and capacity to deal securely with high volumes of confidential information on paper and on digital media such as hard drives, CDs and DVDs.  

We build our BS EN15713-certified data shredding services to meet the needs of each area of the education sector, drawing on our wide experience and high levels of trust with many schools and universities.

What are some of the challenges the education sector faces?

With space at a premium, the pressure is on to keep confidential paper and digital media assets closely managed and moved on through their full lifecycle so that they a) do not take up valuable floor and filing space, and b) do not fall into hands that should not have them.

On-site archives for storing correspondence, student and HR records, research, faculty business and so on are becoming a rarity, their care increasingly outsourced to records management businesses. And whether it’s clearing out defunct storage areas, destroying paper documents that have been digitised or shredding records whose retention period is up, ensuring your data is protected from start to finish in the disposal and shredding process is essential.

That’s where working with a sector-experienced supplier, such as Restore Datashred, pays dividends. We know that speed, courtesy, compliance and efficiency are all important to you – and we go the extra mile in making sure we meet your expectations.

Case Study

At the University of Manchester we recently worked with their facilities team to replace a number of separate shredding contracts with our simple one-stop-shop service, ensuring we work to the letter of the law enshrined in their Retention and Disposal Policy. 

We supply all their lockable on-site bins and have set up collection schedules and processes that guarantee the safe passage of the university’s confidential information from office archive or storage facility to shredder blade and on into recycling. They’re processes and safeguards we have designed to prevent data breaches and the fines and reputational damage that go with them.

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The Restore Datashred promise

We are committed to minimising our impact on the environment wherever possible and, as such, have implemented robust environmental targets. In the past three years we have reduced our fuel usage by 25% and are proud to boast a zero-landfill policy. We have a fleet of over 200 HGV’s which in the main comply with Euro 6 emissions standard.

Your security and confidentiality are our priority. We work closely with our customers to ensure that the highest standards of data protection are maintained. We provide a safe and secure solution for the shredding of confidential materials, including paper documents, archive records, ID cards, uniforms, hard drives, CDs, USB sticks and legacy media.

How Restore Datashred services meet those challenges

Secure cabinets and bins

A range of secure lockable cabinets and bins, as well as security sacks and ties, to keep your paper assets safe on site.

On-site mobile shredding vehicles

Our specialised on-site shredding vehicles are equipped with the latest on-board shredding technology, ensuring the complete destruction of your confidential data and other media in front of your own eyes.


Off-site data shredding centres

with state of the art machinery our fully secure shredding centres provide secure environment for all data to be shredded off-site.

Trained, vetted security operatives

Our team is trained and vetted to standard BS5878, ensuring that your confidential data is handled safely and securely at all times.


Secure audit trail

Unbroken chain of custody from a secure audit trail with a promptly supplied certificate of destruction for your records and to show your clients.

12 state-of-the-art data shredding centres

Our estate of 12 state-of-the-art data shredding centres around the country, and large fleet of 300 vehicles.



Making sure we handle data professionally, securely and strictly in line with current and future data protection regulations is the cornerstone of all our businesses.

Environment friendly

We help you meet your sustainability targets by recycling all shredded paper and providing Environmental Reports that show how much energy, water and woodland you have saved by choosing responsible, secure data shredding.

Additional benefits

  • We are the only data shredding business in the UK with the ServiceMark award from the Institute of Customer Service
  • Restore Datashred is serious about security for your confidential data – we are BS EN15713:2009 accredited, so your assets will be treated with the respect they deserve

Case Studies

Lyons Davidson Solicitors Case Study Co-op Legal Services Case Study Financial Services Authority (FSA) Case Study

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