Privacy and Cookies

Privacy & Cookie


This privacy notice explains how we may collect information about you and what we do with any information that you provide us with, or is gathered automatically. By using this site, you agree with the terms of this privacy notice following the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations.

You can browse through the website without giving us any personal information about yourself. Our website does automatically collect web statistics about your visit to our site, it does not however collect any personal information. This statistical information helps us analyse data about web page traffic, popularity of downloads and helps us to improve our website.

However, if you email the school via the website, some of the information that you submit may be personally identifiable information (that is, information that can be uniquely identified with you, such as your e-mail address). The information you submit will be kept confidential and with the highest standards of security once it reaches our server in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.

Thamesmead School recognises that your privacy is important to you and is committed to giving you a service that meets your needs in a way that also respects your online privacy. We will apply appropriate protection and management of any personally identifiable information you share with us.


Changes to the notice

You should check this page from time to time. Any changes which affect the way that we collect or use your personal information will be updated on this site. Please check this page for updates periodically, especially before you provide any personally identifiable information via the website.


About Cookies

What is a cookie?

Most websites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session’ cookie) or for repeat visits(using a ‘persistent’ or ‘stored’ cookie’). The cookies are small text files that a website transfers to the browser on your computer’s/device’s hard drive.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn’t use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site – for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page it won’t recognise you and it won’t be able to keep you logged in.

Cookies may be set by the site you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).

Managing cookies on your device

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through “Cookies – advice for members of the public” and the “About Cookies” websites.

How we use cookies

When we provide services to you, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device (for example, computer or mobile phone). These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

We may use cookies for a variety of important reasons, for example:

  • To ensure a persistent connection with the same web server.
  • To collect statistics about your use of our website, measuring the number of visitors to our site. This information is used to improve the user experience on our website and ensure that there is enough capacity to provide a fast response.
  • To stop you being asked to log on repeatedly during your visit.

Cookies set by:

Name Purpose Expires
PHPSESSID This cookie authenticates your access to the Parent Portal With session
_utma Google Analytics – This cookie is used to store the amounts of visits.
It does not contain any personal information and is used only for
analytical purposes.
2 years
_utmb Google Analytics – Check s how long you stay on the site: when a
visit starts and ends. It does not contain any personal information
and is used for analytical purposes only.
30 minutes
_utmc Same as above When user closes browser
_utmz This strictly necessary performance cookie stores information about
how the page was reached (e.g. via a search engine result or a direct link).
6 months


Third party cookies

Third party services/websites embedded within this website set their own cookies. These are known are third party cookies because they are not set by our website and we have no control over these cookies. You should check the third party websites for more information about their use of cookies.

Enabling or disabling cookies

  • We recommend that you allow all cookies set by this site as they help us provide you with a better service.
  • If you decide to disable our cookies then you may not be able to access certain parts of our website.
  • Information about how to enable or disable cookies is available on the About Cookies website.
  • Cookies used by do not infringe on your privacy or threaten your computer’s (device’s) security.


Updated: 5 June 2018

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