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How we use cookies on our website

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. These files help analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Westbourne School uses permanent cookies to enable basic web traffic analysis using Google Analytics, allow you to watch videos and check your logged in status for the parent portal.

Westbourne School’s cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.

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Parent Portal Access

Our Parent portal utilises a cookie which checks whether you are logged in or not.

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. This analysis shows us which areas of the site are popular and those that are not often visited which helps us to use our website resources in the most effective way. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store this information. Google’s privacy policy is available at: www.google.com/privacypolicy.html These will remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach a specified expiry date. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Universal Analytics

Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit westbourne.co.uk by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years
_gat Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 10 minutes

Google Analytics

Name Purpose Expires
_utma Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to WestbourneSchool.co.uk or to a certain page 2 years
_utmb This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on WestbourneSchool.co.uk 30 minutes
_utmc This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser when you close your browser
_utmz This tells us how you reached WestbourneSchool.co.uk (eg from another website or a search engine) 6 months

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.

YouTube videos

We use YouTube to provide videos on some pages of the site. YouTube sets cookies when you visit one of these pages.

Name Purpose Expires
_use_hitbox This is a randomly generated number that identifies your browser When you close your browser
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Lets Youtube count the views of embedded Youtube videos


Browser Update Notice

We use browser-update.org to check if your browser is out of date and politely serve an update notice. Older browsers are informed usage of the site may be inhibited. This cookie is used to hide this notice.

Name Purpose Expires
browserupdateorg This stores whether you’ve disabled an old browser notice 1 day
.browser-update.org This stores whether you’ve disabled an old browser notice 365 days


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