Cookie Policy

Visitors to our Website and the use of cookies

The Pangbourne College Website uses a number of cookies that stores data on our visitor's computers.

Cookies are small text files, used by your Web browser to store visitor session data on your computer by Websites that you visit. They are commonly used on the Internet in order to make Websites work more efficiently and to enhance end user experience, as well as to provide relevant information to the School’s marketing department. Cookies are not intended to harm your system in any way.

In Summary

In order to adhere to School policy, compliance legislation and best practice, we keep our privacy notice under regular review and conduct Website cookie audits when ever necessary. This privacy notice was last updated on 11 February 2015.

Our current assessment on the use of cookies on our Website is as follows:

  • First-party cookies: When someone visits http://www.pangbournecollege.com, we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behavior patterns so that we are able to compile user reports on the number of visitors to the various parts of the Website and their geographical location. We collect this information in a way which does not identify users and we do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our Website.
  • Third-party cookies: We use a variety of widely recognised and used third-party plug-ins in order to enhance the end users experience, and to also act as a marketing tool. It is of the School’s opinion that the use of any plug-in represents current ‘best practice’. We do not however have any direct control over the content of these third party cookies, the use made of any data collected, or the security of that data. Any third parties may collect information about your visit to our Website, and they may use this with other data in order to serve advertising which may be more relevant to you.

There is no reason for our visitors of the Website to be particularly concerned about the privacy implications of any of the cookies we use, but we do recognise the importance of making you aware of the purpose and scope of the data stored in the cookies which are created or updated on your computer when you visit our Website.

Cookie Consent

When you visit our Website for the first time you will be presented with a message asking if you are content to accept cookies from our Website. If you tick a box to confirm that you accept cookies, they will be used; otherwise cookies will not be used unless, and until you consent.

You may also choose to delete any cookies from your computer between visits to our Website and we recommend that if you have concerns about the privacy implications of the cookies we or any of our integrated third party sites use, then you should investigate how to do this by using the cookie management tools in your web browser. Further information can be found in the Controlling the use of Cookies section at the end of this policy.

In Detail: First-party Cookies

First-party cookies are specific to the host site that created them (in this case, http://www.pangbournecollege.com). They are not shared across domains and so cannot be accessed by a web server other than our Website: http://www.pangbournecollege.com.

The table below explains the First-party cookies we use on our Website and the purpose that they are used for:

First-Party Cookies
Name Purpose Typical content Expires
Authen Authentication session to prevent having to login multiple times in one browser session. Hashed data of username and authentication status Expires on exit
ASP.NET_SessionI This cookie contains the user's session ID and the cookie will expire at the end of the session (when you close your browser). This cookie does not store personal data about you.   Expires on exit
Style Improves accessibility by storing the visitors preference on whether to activate the standard, high visibility or printer friendly style sheet with each page load. 'standard', 'high' or 'print' 24 Hours

In Detail: Third-party Cookies

Third-party cookies are cookies created by an external service provider when you use a page on our website. These cookies are specific to the third-party's domain and the data held in them can be seen and managed by the third-party and not by the School.

We only control whether or not we use any third-party services within our website, and how it is integrated and presented. We do not have control over the cookies themselves.

The table below explains the third-party cookies we use on our Website and the purpose that they are used for:

Third-Party Cookies
Provider Name Purpose More info
Google Analytics _utma
_utmb
_utmc
_utmz

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile marketing reports and to help us improve the site.

The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, the geographical location of these visitors and the pages they have visited.

The purpose of each cookie in use is as follows:

  • __utma cookie: contains a unique and anonymous identifying ID, which allows the School to ensure that subsequent visits to our Website are recorded as belonging to the same (unique) visitor. This cookie expires after two years.
  • __utmb cookie: used to establish and continue a unique user session. Each time you request another page from the Website the cookie is updated to expire after 30minutes.
  • __utmc cookie: works with __utmb to determine when to create a new session for a Website visitor. This is a session based cookie and expires when you exit the browser.
  • __utmz cookie: tracks how you found the Website and is used to calculate traffic and navigation within the Website. It is updated with every new page view and expires after 6 months.
  • You may also sometimes find a __utmv cookie which relates to custom reporting, a feature which we occasionally use on Google Analytics.

Full details of the cookies which Google Analytics uses can be found in the documentation Cookies & Google Analytics

You can also read Google's Privacy Policy for Google Analytics.

To opt out of the use of Google Analytics, you may wish to consider using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

AddThis _atuvc This Cookie allows you to share content via Social Networking web sites and email. When links are provided to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use. http://www.addthis.com/privacy

Other cookies that may occasionally be used on our Website include:

YouTube cookies

YouTube video: We may periodically use the YouTube service to host video content, and embed Youtube videos and their player in some of our web pages as a convenience for our visitors, to allow them to watch the video without leaving our Website.

YouTube's embedded player currently creates and updates two Flash LSO objects from s.ytimg.com.

The LSO’s are

  • soundData (which appears to store volume setting preferences); and
  • videostats (which appears to store performance-related information).

If you want to manage the contents of your Flash Local Shared Objects, please use Adobe's Website Storage Settings panel.

When you view a web page on our Website with an embedded YouTube video, YouTube creates at least three cookies, as follows:

  • VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
  • use_hitbox; and
  • PREF

In some circumstances you may also find an additional GEO cookie.

We have no direct control over YouTube's use of the data stored in this object. For more information, please read YouTube's Privacy Policy.

Cookies used by Google Maps

We may from time to time make use of the Google Maps service to provide detailed information on how to locate our School or Sports fixtures.

Google Maps stores up to four cookies, as follows:

  • Khcookie
  • NID
  • SNID; and
  • PREF

We may make use of Google's interactive maps because we believe they provide a helpful way for our visitors to identify how best to travel to us. We use the Google Maps tools on the basis that Google adheres to its privacy policy and the terms of service for Google Maps.

Controlling the use of Cookies

  • Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, please visit the following Page: All About Cookies.
  • Disabling the use of some cookies that are operating on our Website may affect your ability to use some of our Website features and enhancements.
  • To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all Websites please visit the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on Page.