Website Privacy Policy, Use of Cookies and Data Protection

How we use your information

This privacy notice tells you what to expect when our School collects personal information via this website.

Visitors to our website

When someone visits our website we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site, overall popularity of the site and typical user paths through the site.

We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it E.g. Our Weekly News Digest and Monthly Newsletter subscription service.

Use of Cookies by our School

CookiesThis site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your computer or device to help our site provide a better user experience. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics.

Cookie Flavours

The ICO groups cookies into three overlapping groups:

Session cookies

Files that allow a site to link the actions of a visitor during a single browser session. These might be used by an internet bank or webmail service. They are not stored long term and are considered “less privacy intrusive” than persistent cookies.

Persistent cookies

These remain on the user’s device between sessions and allow one or several sites to remember details about the visitor. They may be used by marketers to target advertising or to avoid the user having to provide a password each visit.

First and third-party cookies

A cookie is classed as being first-party if it is set by the site being visited. It might be used to study how people navigate a site. It is classed as third-party if it is issued by a different server to that of the domain being visited. It could be used to trigger a banner advert based on the visitor’s viewing habits.

As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the Information Commissioners Office website or here which offer guidance for enabling and disabling cookies on all modern browsers.

Except as stated already, our School will make no attempt to identify individual users. You should be aware, however, that access to web pages will generally create log entries in the systems of your ISP or network service provider. These entities may be in a position to identify the client computer equipment used to access a page. Such monitoring would be done by the provider of network services and is beyond the responsibility or control of our School.

Our  School will make no attempt to track or identify individual users, except where there is a reasonable suspicion that unauthorised access to systems is being attempted. In the case of all users, our School reserves the right to attempt to identify and track any individual who is reasonably suspected of trying to gain unauthorised access to computer systems or resources operating as part of our School’s web services.

As a condition of use of this site, all users must give permission for our School to use its access logs to attempt to track users who are reasonably suspected of gaining, or attempting to gain, unauthorised access.

Any cookies that may be used by this website are used either solely on a per session basis or to maintain user preferences. Cookies are not shared with any third parties.

Data Protection & confidentiality

All log file information collected by our School is kept secure and no access to raw log files is given to any third party. This website does not store any information that would, on its own, allow us to identify individual users of this service without their permission.

Some services on this website require us to collect personal information from you, such as your name and email address. To comply with the Data Protection Act, we have a duty to tell you how we store the information we collect and how it is used. Any information you do submit will be stored securely and will never be passed on or sold to any third party.

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