What are Cookies?
Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by online service providers to help build a profile of users. They are also used to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. Some of this data will be aggregated or statistical, which means that we will not be able to identify you individually.
You can set your browser not to accept cookies and the websites below explain how to remove cookies from your browser. However, some of our website features may not function as a result.
Types of Cookies
The cookies we place on your device fall into the following categories:
- Session cookies
these allow our website to link your actions during a particular browser session. These expire each time you close your browser and do not remain on your device afterwards.
- Persistent cookies
these are stored on your device in between browser sessions. These allow your preferences or actions across our website to be remembered. These will remain on your device until they expire, or you delete them from your cache.
- Strictly necessary cookies
these cookies are essential for you to be able to navigate our website and use its features. Without these cookies, the services you have asked for could not be provided
- Performance cookies
these cookies collect information about how you use our website, eg which pages you go to most often. These cookies do not collect personally identifiable information about you. All information collected by these cookies is aggregated and anonymous, and is only used to improve how our website works
- Functionality cookies
these cookies allow our website to remember the choices you make (such as your user name, language, last action and search preferences) and provide enhanced, more personal features. The information collected by these cookies is anonymous and cannot track your browsing activity on other websites
- Marketing Cookies (we do not use these)
Marketing cookies are used to target advertising to a user (behavioural targeting). They are often served by third party companies, and track a user across websites.
The Cookies we use
The table below provides more information about the cookies we use and why:
|The cookies we use||What they do|
|_ga||This cookie is a Google Analytics persistent cookie which is used to distinguish unique users.|
|_gat||This cookie is used to throttle request rate. These are third party cookies that are placed on your device to allow us to use the Google Analytics service. These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use this information to compile reports and to help us improve the website.|
|_gid||This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the website is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visited in an anonymous form.|
|gainwp_wg_default_metric||Integration of Google Analytics to show statistics on the website dashboard.|
|wordpress_logged_in_[hash]||This cookie indicates when you are logged in to the website.|
|wordpress_sec_[hash]||This cookie provides security against hackers.|
|wordpress_test_cookie||This cookie tests to see if the user’s browser accepts cookies.|
|wp-settings-1||These cookie are used to check whether your web browser is set to allow, or reject cookies. WordPress uses these to customize your view of the admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.|
How we use your Cookies
We may request cookies to be set on your computer or device. Cookies are used to let us know when you visit our website, how you interact with us and to make your experience using the school website better for you. The cookies we collect will differ depending on what you are looking at on our website. You are able to adapt your cookie preferences, but by blocking certain types of cookie it may mean that your experience on the website is impacted.
We will ask for your permission (consent) to place cookies or other similar technologies on your device, except where these are essential for us to provide you with a service that you have requested (eg to enable you to put items in your shopping basket and use a check-out process).
How to turn off Cookies
If you do not want to accept cookies, you can change your browser settings so that cookies are not accepted. If you do this, please be aware that you may lose some of the functionality of this website. For further information about cookies and how to disable them please go to the Information Commissioner’s webpage on cookies: https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/online/cookies/. You can disable cookies yourself by following the steps at this link: https://www.aboutcookies.org.uk/managing-cookies.