The only exception to this is the Contact Us page. Any information you submit via the contact form will only be used to fulfil your expressed wishes, or to contact you in response to your enquiry. We also record the IP address of the computer used to submit the form. This helps to protect genuine site users by allowing us to track any mis-use of the form.
An Internet Protocol address (IP address) is a numerical label assigned to each device (e.g., computer, printer) participating in a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication.
Cookies in General
'Cookies' are small pieces of information that are stored by the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store such things as user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a 'memory' for the website, enabling it to recognise a user and respond appropriately.
The law which applies to how cookies and similar technologies are used for storing information on a user’s equipment such as their computer or mobile device changed on 26 May 2011. You can get detailed information on the EU cookie law (e-Privacy Directive) from The Commissioner responsible for administering the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
For technical reasons we set up a 'session cookie' to allow the website framework to run properly. This session cookie helps manage the security of the site and does not store any user-generated information.
Secondly, we use two cookies to remember whether you have been shown the cookie information message that appears when you first visit the site. The first session cookie will tell us whether you have clicked and closed the message, and a second 'persistent cookie' will be stored by your browser for 90 days (unless you empty your browser cache) to let us know when you next visit that you are already aware the Chestnut Lane School Website uses cookie technology. When 90 days have passed, we will show you a reminder.
Lastly, we set a session cookie if your device has a high-resolution ('retina') screen. This allows us to send higher quality images to your browser if they are available.
A session cookie, also called a transient cookie, is a cookie that is erased when the user closes the web browser. The session cookie is stored in temporary memory and is not retained after the browser is closed. Session cookies do not collect information from the user's computer.
A persistent cookie is stored on a users’ device in between browser sessions. This allows the preferences or actions of the user across a site to be remembered.
Website Visitor Statistics - 'Analytics'
Following the rollout of our new website in July 2014 we want to try and gain a better understanding of the pages our site visitors find most useful. We are evaluating new 'analytics' software that allows us to produce an overview of how our site is used. The information gathered is not personal to individuals, is only available to website administrators within the school and is not passed on to any third party. The analytics software runs independently from the main website and, when in use, sets it's own 'first party' cookies to allow it's framework to run properly.
'First party' refers to the domain specified in a cookie - the website that is placing the cookie. If you visit widgets.com and the domain of the cookie placed on your computer is widgets.com, it is a first-party cookie. If you visit widgets.com and the cookie placed on your computer says, for instance, google-stats.com, that is a third-party cookie.