Our use of cookies

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are downloaded onto a user’s computer (or device) when they visit a particular website. Each time the user visits that website it checks to see if the relevant file is on the user’s computer and uses the information to improve the user’s experience.

For example:

  • it recognises that the user has been to that website before and varies the content if applicable
  • it remembers any preferences e.g. layout or colour schemes that the user set
  • it remembers any log in details that the user entered so that the user does not need to log into every page
  • it tracks which pages the user visits to try and keep content useful and interesting
  • it remembers items a user has added to a shopping cart

Some commercial websites embed advertising material into their websites, which are served by third-party sites. These adverts also store a cookie on the user’s machine enabling the third-party site to track the user’s movements and serve adverts deemed relevant to that user. 

How does The Dragon School website use cookies?

The Dragon School uses an analytical tool provided by Google Analytics in order to collect standard information about how visitors use our website. This information is transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.

Google uses this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of our site and compiling reports for us on general website activity. This enables us to determine the more important or sought after information on our website in order to make this information more accessible to our users. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf.

Google undertakes not to associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. Google Inc. are also members of the US Safe Harbor Scheme. Companies that sign up to this scheme are deemed to provide adequate protection for personal data which has been transmitted to them from Europe.

Read more about how Google Analytics uses cookies here.

The Dragon School website also uses a cookie to store any required log in information, but this is only stored while the user is on the website so that the user does not need to log into every page.

Any personal information sent to us via the website using forms, such as event attendance, contact detail updates, prospectus request details, survey responses etc., are stored by the Dragon School and not shared with any external parties.

How do I control cookies on my computer?

Google Analytics

If you click the "Opt out" button below we will delete the Google Analytics cookies and disable Google Analytics on all subsequent pages. To do this we will set another cookie called "CookieManager" that remembers your decision to opt out. You can change this setting at any time by returning to this page.

Alternatively you can install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on to block Google Analytics on all websites, or you can configure your browser to block cookies. Each internet browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari etc.) is different but the ‘help’ function within your browser should tell you how to do this.

Joomla session cookie

You cannot opt out of this cookie as it is required for some parts of the website to function correctly. You may choose to block this cookie using the controls in your web browser, but you will not be able to use some parts of the website.

How do I find out more?

Further information about cookies in general and how to control them on your computer can be found here:

http://www.aboutcookies.org

http://www.allaboutcookies.org

http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/guides/about-cookies

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