Cookies

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Use of cookies by The Thinking Schools Academy Trust

The following table explains the cookies we use and why.

Cookie Name Purpose More information
TSAT user preferences tsat-perm Stores the acknowledgement and acceptapance of the cookie policy. Once accepted the cookie message is not repeatedly displayed, until either the cookie expires or is deleted. Expires one year after creation/update.
TSAT session cookie tsat-sess Stores session based user preferences, such as an acknowledgement of a message. Expires when browser is closed.
WordPress commenter name comment_author Stores the name entered into the comments name text field, so that a user is not required to repeatedly type their name. Expires one year after creation/update.
WordPress commenter email comment_author_email Stores the email address entered into the comments email text field, so that a user is not required to repeatedly type their full email address. Expires one year after creation/update.
WordPress commenter website comment_author_url Stores the website URL entered into the comments website text field, so that a user is not required to repeatedly type their website's URL. Expires one year after creation/update.
WordPress session wordpress_ + 32 characters Stores a logged in user's authentication details required for accessing the admin console area. Expires two months after creation/update.
WordPress logged in session wordpress_logged_in_ + 32 characters Session based authentication details, required to keep a user logged in, as is set when logging into the admin console area. Expires when browser is closed.
WordPress cookie test wordpress_test_cookie Tests if a user's web browser will accept cookies. This cookie is required for some site features to function. Expires when browser is closed.
WordPress user preferences wp_settings-1, wp_settings-times-1 Stores a user's preferences for viewing pages within the site e.g. customisation of the interface. Customisation of the interface is only available once logged into the admin console area. Expires one year after creation/update.

Third Party Cookies

Third party sites and/or products may be used to enhance the user experience, to enable specific features and/or functionality and to gather statistics relating to the use and navigation of The Thinking Schools Academy Trust websites to inform development.

Websites published by The Thinking Schools Academy Trust do utilise third party sites and products that may create and store cookies beyond the control of The Thinking Schools Academy Trust. Where possible, The Thinking Schools Academy Trust has attempted to identify any such cookies, and ascertain the purposes for which they are used.

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust utilises Google's Google Maps service to provide the location of, and directions to, our school. The Thinking Schools Academy Trust may occasionally use embedded photos and video content from websites such as flickr and YouTube. When pages containing this content are accessed by a visitor, these third-party services may create cookies from their websites. The Thinking Schools Academy Trust does not control the creation or storage of these cookies. Visitors should check the relevant third party website for more information their use of cookies.

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

The table below explains the cookies possibly used by third-party services.

Cookie Name Purpose More Information
Google Maps khcookie, NID, SNID and PREF These cookies are used by Google to store user preferences and information when viewing pages with Google maps upon them. Use of this service is designed to provide detailed information on how to locate The Thinking Schools Academy Trust. Overview of privacy at Google,Terms of Service for Google Maps
Google Analytics _ga Used to distinguish users. Overview of privacy at Google, Terms of Service for Google Analytics
Google Analytics __utma Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Overview of privacy at Google, Terms of Service for Google Analytics
Google Analytics __utmb Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Overview of privacy at Google, Terms of Service for Google Analytics
Google Analytics __utmc Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.
__utmz 6 months from set/update Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
Overview of privacy at Google, Terms of Service for Google Analytics
Google Analytics __utmv Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Overview of privacy at Google, Terms of Service for Google Analytics

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is created by website/service and then stored upon an end-users device. When the cookie is stored only the website that created the cookie is able to access and read the contents contained within the cookie file. Each cookie is unique to a user's web browser and may contain information including unique identifiers and the site name and expiration dates etc…

Most websites use cookies to provide specific functionality and/or to improve user experience by identifying a specific visitor, either for the duration of a visit ("session cookie") or for repeated visits ("persistent cookie").

Cookies can be used to provide a number of functions, for example: login or authentication, storing preferences, content layout or provision and efficient page navigation. Cookies are used to aid the visitors interaction with a website. Websites that do not utilise cookies, generally, are unable to recognise returning users. For example, if a website required authentication to access a particular service, a visitor could be required to enter their login details every time they navigated to a new page, as without a cookie the website is unable to provide continuous authentication.

Cookies may also be used to provide and collect information for marketing or advertising purposes. Such cookies can be used to collate information on a visitors location and/or browsing habits.

Cookies may be created by the provider of the website being viewed ("first party cookies") or they may be created by other websites/services that current website is using to display content or background services ("third party cookies").

Preventing the use of cookies

Further information about cookies, including how to disable/enable and delete them, can be found at the following website www.aboutcookies.org.

Most cookies can be blocked (except for third party plug-in cookies) by enabling a setting within your web browser that controls cookie behaviour. However, if you configure your web browser to block all cookies you may not be able to access some areas of our websites, or you may experience a reduction features and/or functionality. Websites published by The Thinking Schools Academy Trust or The Thinking Schools Academy Trust may create cookies, unless you have disabled the use of cookies within your browser.

Cookies created by plug-ins, such as Adobe's Flash Player, cannot generally be controlled or deleted from within a web browser's settings. Websites published by The Thinking Schools Academy Trust may use your browser's Adobe Flash Player plug-in to play video content. For information on how to delete or disable Flash cookies (also known as local shared objects) is available from Adobe's website at www.adobe.com. However, if you configure your Adobe Flash Player plug-in to block Flash cookies, you may not be able to play video content.

Changes to cookie usage

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust keeps the use of cookies under regular review. This page was last updated on 14th October 2016.