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Privacy and Cookies

The following statements explain our policy regarding information provided by visitors to this website. The use of data provided is governed by the 1998 Data Protection Act.

Use of Information

Some webpages on this site may ask your to provide you name, email address or other personal information. This information is never sold or shared with any third party. However, we may use this information to provide statistics for internal use only.

To prevent and detect abuse we continually monitor and record connections to and from college servers. This is also done for statistical and performance-measurement purposes. The monitoring data we collect includes browser type, domain names, traffic volumes, temporal data, IP information, and data posted from web-forms on our site.


To conform to changes in EU law we have created a new Cookie Policy that details how Coombeshead Academy use cookies and gives you advice on disabling them if required.

Privacy Policy

We use cookies across most of our websites to improve their performance and enhance your user experience. This policy explains how we do that.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.

There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help us to remember your username and preferences, analyse how well our website is performing, or even allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.

Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click to “remember me” when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our websites, or a user’s general location.

What sort of cookies does Coombeshead Academy use?

Generally, our cookies perform up to three different functions:

  1. Essential Cookies
    Some cookies are essential for the operation of our website. For example, some cookies allow us to identify staff, students and parents and ensure they can access pages that are relevant to them. If a user opts to disable these cookies, the user will not be able to access all of the content that might normally be available to them.

  2. Performance Cookies
    We utilise other cookies to analyse how our visitors use our websites and to monitor website performance. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by customising our offering and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. We might also use these cookies to highlight articles or site services that we think will be of interest to you based on your usage of the website.

  3. Functionality Cookies
    We use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences. For example, cookies save you the trouble of typing in your username every time you access the site, and recall your customisation preferences, such as which coluring of the website.

    We also use functionality cookies to provide you with enhanced services such as allowing you to watch linked videos or participate in linked social networking, such as Facebook.

Our current cookies

Name CA_AuthCookie
Expires When I close my browser
Class Essential Cookie
Description This cookie is used to authenticate and track logged in users, it is essential in order to gain access to restricted areas of our websites.

Name ASP.NET_SessionId
Expires When I close my browser
Class Essential Cookie
Description When a user connects to an website, a unique session ID will be affiliated with the user.  This cookie is then used to identify the user through-out the website.

Name CA_Theme_BackgroundColour
Expires 6 Months
Class Functionality Cookie
Description Used to store user selection preference on the background theme colour for the Coombeshead Academy website.

Name CA_Cookie_Notification
Expires 6 Months
Class Functionality Cookie
Description Used to track acceptance of our cookie policy so the popup does not display on every page visit.

Does anyone else use cookies on Coombeshead Academy websites?

We use or allow third parties to serve cookies that fall into the three categories above. For example, like many companies, we use Google Analytics to help us monitor our website traffic.

Can a website user block cookies?

As we’ve explained above, cookies help you to get the most out of our websites.

The first time you accessed our website after May 2012, you should have seen an overlay which asked for your permission to use cookies on our websites.

However, if you do wish to disable our cookies then please follow the instructions on our 'Cookie Management' page.

Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our websites do not work properly.