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On 26 May 2011, the rules about cookies on websites changed. You should note that cookies may be used on this website. The following information is provided to enable you to make an informed choice on whether you want to block cookies or not.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a small text file that is placed on an Internet user's hard drive. It is generated by a web server, which is the computer that operates a website. The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an Internet user's identification card, which tell a website when the user has returned.

What is the purpose of cookies?

Cookies make the interaction between users and websites faster and easier. Without cookies, it would be very difficult for a website to allow a visitor to fill up a shopping cart or to remember the user's preferences or registration details for a future visit.

Websites use cookies mainly because they save time and make the browsing experience more efficient and enjoyable. Websites often use cookies for the purposes of collecting demographic information about their users.

Are cookies dangerous?

No. Cookies are small pieces of text. They are not computer programs, and they can't be executed as code. Also, they cannot be used to disseminate viruses, and by modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set or to reject all cookies. However, you should be aware that if cookies are rejected you will not be able to use some of the online application processes provided by this site.

Can cookies threaten users' privacy?

Cookies are stored on the computer's hard drive. They cannot access the hard drive - so a cookie cannot read other information saved on the hard drive, or get a user's email address etc. They only contain and transfer to the server as much information as the users themselves have disclosed to a certain website.

A server cannot set a cookie for a domain that it is not a member of. In spite of this, users quite often find in their computer files cookies from websites that they have never visited. These cookies are usually set by companies that sell Internet advertising on behalf of other websites.

Therefore it may be possible that users' information is passed to third party websites without the users' knowledge or consent, such as information on surfing habits. This is the most common reason for people rejecting or fearing cookies.

How the School uses cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the Internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

The use of cookies is solely to facilitate the functioning of the website. We do not collect personal information nor do we share any of our cookies with a third party.

Cookies: Allow Cookies
Name: civicAllowCookies
Purpose: This cookie will remember that you are happy to allow cookies on our website.

Cookies: PREF
Domain: Google.com

Purpose: The PREF cookie may store your preferences and other information, in particular your preferred language (e.g. English), how many search results you wish to have shown per page (e.g. 10 or 20), and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on.


Cookies: Twitter
Domain: Twitter.com

Purpose: Used to track visitors. Features for sharing via Twitter, and viewing tweets by other people.

For more information about Twitter cookies, visit  https://twitter.com/privacy.

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