This policy is to explain how St Columba’s School collects and uses information about you on this website, allowing you to make an informed choice about how you use the website.
Information provided to us by the completion of forms
If you complete a form to contact us through this website, we will normally store the information provided in a database. This information will be passed to one or more departments within the school in order to ensure that your enquiry is dealt with in the most appropriate way. We will not sell, trade or offer this information to others.
What are cookies?
'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by the browser on your computer or mobile phone. Websites are able to read and write these files, allowing them store things like personalisation details, user preferences and journey through the website. You can think of cookies as providing a "memory" for the website, enabling it to recognise a user and respond appropriately. Some cookies also provide meaningful reports about a website's visitors.
Cookies are used by almost all websites, for a variety of purposes:
- Analysis of visitor behaviour (known as 'analytics')
- To personalise pages and remember visitor preferences.
- To manage shopping carts in online stores
Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies. A persistent cookie consists of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, which will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date). A session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
Our site only uses Google Analytics cookies. These cookies do not identify people, but instead just record web traffic and statistics surrounding the traffic. This information is used by the school to see which areas of the site are most popular and to tailor our content accordingly.
Cookies and your privacy
Cookies are stored on the computer's hard drive. They cannot access the hard drive - so a cookie can't read other information saved on the hard drive. They only contain and transfer to the server as much information as the users themselves have disclosed to a certain web site.
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 web sites that they have never visited. These cookies are usually set by companies that sell internet advertising on behalf of other web sites. Therefore it may be possible that users' information is passed to third party web sites without the users' knowledge or consent, such as information on surfing habits. St Columba’s School explicitly does not use this type of cookie.
How do I turn cookies off?
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings - these will usually be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser.
If you wish to turn off Google Analytics’ tracking cookies, more information can be found here: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
If the settings on the software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this.