Visitors to our Website and the use of cookies

The Queen Elizabeth's High School 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 3rd April 2013.

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

  • First-party cookies: When someone visits http://www.qehs.lincs.sch.uk/, 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.qehs.lincs.sch.uk/). They are not shared across domains and so cannot be accessed by a web server other than our Website: http://www.qehs.lincs.sch.uk/.

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.