Cookies & Website Privacy Policies
We may change/update this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes.
A cookie is the name for a small file that is downloaded to a user’s devices when visiting certain websites. These cookies then get sent back to the website when you visit it again. Cookies allow a website to recognise a user’s device, and also you, the user. This in turn allows the website owner to give you a more ‘personalised experience’ when you use their websites.
Rastrick High School Cookies:
Session cookies are stored on your computer temporarily during a browser session. When the browser is closed the cookie is deleted from your computer, laptop or smartphone device. We have set our own session cookies on both the VLE and the website for analytical and tracking purposes.
This cookie does not store personal information so you cannot be identified by Rastrick High School. Analytics are used to help us improve our website and make sure it is meeting the user’s demands.
Persistent cookies are stored on a user’s device for a fixed period of time, generally a year and do not automatically delete themselves when the browser session is closed. The VLE set’s a persistent cookie every time you login to ensure a user’s access to the school network is secure and any other private/restricted areas and that security cannot be compromised. Users who browse the Rastrick High School website will also have this cookie set but it will not collect any data about a user, and blocking this cookie will not affect access to public areas. When a user logs out of the VLE this persistent cookie is randomised or nulled on log-out, so retains no user information for future use.
The VLE sets Persistent cookies when a user logs into the VLE, and also to track the number of visits to certain areas of the VLE. No user information is collected from this cookie.
Third Party Cookies:
Third Party cookies are not set directly by Rastrick High School & Sixth Form College, but by third-party providers.
Third Party Cookies may be set by providers whose services or functionality is embedded into the VLE or school website. Such providers include, but may not be limited to YouTube, Twitter, and Wordpress. The provider of the school’s learning platform hosts a third-party widget store which is also used on the Rastrick High School VLE. Third Party resources will potentially set their own cookies.
Rastrick High School uses Abode Flash Player to deliver some of its contents on the school website and the VLE. Adobe uses its own cookies. These cookies are not set via your browser like all the other cookies that have been described above. These types of cookies are used for similar purposes such as storing preferences or tracking users. Some web browser manufacturers are developing solutions to allow you to control these through your browser, but at the present time, if you wish to restrick or block Flash Cookies, then you must do this on the Adobe Website
Managing Cookies on the Rastrick High School Website and VLE:
The internet browser you use on your devices normally allows you to manage cookies. You can modify your browser settings to notify you when cookies are being set. You can also set it to accept or refuse all or some cookies. You can even delete cookies that have already been set.
Because each browser is different, the specific way you amend the settings for cookies will vary from browser to browser; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you can visit About Cookies where you will find information on managing cookies on a wide variety of desktop browsers. On mobile devices, you may need to refer to the manual for that device for details on how to amend preferences.
Disabling cookies when using the school website and the VLE may not allow you to make full use of all the website’s features and functionality; therefore, we would recommend that you keep cookie settings active when using the school website and the VLE.
To manage third party cookies, you may need to visit the websites of these websites.
Rastrick High School Privacy Policies:
Rastrick High School & Sixth Form College is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using either the school website or the VLE, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
We may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes.
How We Collect Information:
There are many ways we, as a school, will collect data from you, in particular we may:
• Send out forms via post for you to complete and return
• Provide links via the school newsletter, website or the VLE to forms for you to fill out
• Use forms created on the school website/VLE for you to fill out
What We Collect:
Online Forms and Survey:
On some parts of the school website and the VLE, you may be asked to provide some limited personal information via forms in order to enable the provision of certain services (e.g. prospectus ordering, requesting IT/VLE support, registering for events, after school activities, extra-curricular activities) or to take part in surveys.
The Rastrick High School may store this information manually or electronically, by supplying this information you are consenting to the school holding and using the information for the purpose for which it was provided. Personal information collected and/or processed by the school is held in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.
In common with most websites, the school website and the VLE automatically log certain information about the request made of it. This information is used for system administration, for bug tracking, and for producing usage statistics. The logged information may be kept indefinitely.
The following data is automatically logged for each request:
• The name or network address of the computer making the request
• The username, when known during authenticated (logged in) access to the website/VLE
• The date and time of the connection
• The status code of the request (success or failure)
• The number of data bytes sent in response
Logging additional information may be enabled temporarily from time to time for specific purposes.
In addition, the servers on which the website and the VLE are hosted keep records of attempts (authorised and unauthorised) to use them for purposes other than access to the website. This data typically includes the date and time of the attempt, the service to which access was attempted, the name or network address of the computer making the connection, and may include details of what was done or was attempted to be done.
What we do with the information we gather:
We require this information to help us understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:
• Internal record keeping
• Update internal records to ensure that you can be contacted in an emergency
• Use the information to improve any services we provide to you as a Student, Parent or visitor
• Send newsletter alerts via email or post using the email address which you have provided
• From time to time, we may send you important information regarding the school by either post, email or providing links to the school website
Rastrick High School is committed to ensuring that your information is always kept secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure all the information we have.
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