What is a cookie?
Cookies, also known as browser cookies or tracking cookies are small text files that are created by your browser and placed on your computer or browsing device, at the request of websites that you visit. Cookies allow websites to recognise your computer or web browser. They can help to analyse which products or parts of a website you looked at, and how long for.
Cookies allow us to present you with relevant products and services that are based on the way that you want to use our website. Cookies allow us to work alongside our web analytics partner, to see how our customers like to use our websites and which pages or special functions they prefer. This helps us to continually improve our service. Third party cookies are also used with our marketing partners to present you with appropriate offers and advertising as you browse other sites on the internet, based on the products you looked at while on our site. Note: Gildredge House School cookies and those of our third party partners will never be used to collect any personal data. This includes your name, address, telephone number, email address, credit card information or any other payment details.
Turning off and deleting cookies
Most web browsers will provide the option to disallow cookies and web beacons. How you do this depends on the web browser you’re using. Instructions for disallowing cookies can usually be found in the browser’s ‘Help’ menu. Cookies can also be deleted using your internet browser. However, unless they are disallowed they will be re-applied the next time you visit a website. Note: In common with most websites, refusing cookies via your web browser you may find that the functionality of websites and services will be affected.
For more information about cookies please visit www.allaboutcookies.org
Session cookies are deleted after each ‘session’. For example, when you are browsing benenden hospital trust’s site, it will remember you for the duration of your visit, but the cookie will be removed from your computer as soon as you close down your internet browser. Without a session cookie, every time you open a new web page the web server where that page is stored will treat you like a completely new visitor.
Persistent cookies remember you for a set period of time. (Unless you delete your cookies within this period) On your first visit, the website is presented in default mode. During your visit, you select your preferences and these preferences are remembered, through the use of the persistent cookie, the next time you visit the site.