Cookie Policy

Our cookie policy

We use a feature of your internet browser called a ‘cookie’ on the Thorns Collegiate Academy’s website. We do not use ‘cookies’ to retrieve personal information about you from your computer. We will only gain such information if you have knowingly and willingly provided such information to us.

Our promise

We understand how important it is to treat the data we capture correctly. We do not, nor will we ever sell, rent or loan any data to 3rd parties that identifies you without your consent. For further details on how we use your data please see our Privacy policy.

What is a cookie?

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. Cookies are small text files which that a website transfers to the hard drive on your device to store and sometimes track information about you.

Unless you have indicated your objection when disclosing your details to us, our system will issue cookies to your device when you access the website. We use cookies for the following purposes:

  • to make your experience of the website more efficient
  • to better target our marketing and advertising campaigns by personalising the content of the website for you
  • to track how our website is used (by allowing us to monitor website traffic) and to and to improve and update our content.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your device or any information about you (including your payment card details), other than the data you choose to share with us.

We use persistent cookies (also know as “tracking cookies”) on the website which collects information about how you use our website. These cookies are stored on your device between browsing sessions. They enable us to recognise you on you return, to remember your preferences and to tailor services to you.

We use Google Analytics which uses cookies to help us analyse how you use the website. Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google Inc who are based in the USA. As a result, information generated by the cookie about your use of our website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the USA. Google may 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 Analytics counts the number of visitors and tells us things about their behaviour overall. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website, where they came from and the pages they visited. We use the information to compile reports and help us improve the website.

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. You may set up your device to reject cookies by following the relevant instructions which can be found at In that case, you may not be able to use certain features on our website.

If you do not wish to receive cookies in the future, please let us know at If you would like further information about cookie technology, its use in marketing and how to block or delete them, please visit, or the wikipedia entry for HTTP Cookies.

Guide to Disabling ‘Cookies’ using Web Browsers:


1. Go to the Safari menu. 2. Click on the Preferences. 3. Click the ‘Privacy’ tab. 4. Under ‘Cookies and website option’, set it to either ‘always allow’, ‘allow from websites’, ‘allow from current website only’ or ‘always block’.

Firefox 3.0+

1. Click on ‘Tools’ in the menu bar 2. Click on ‘Options…’ 3. Click on ‘Privacy’ Tab in the top section 4. From the drop down box select ‘Use custom setting for history’ 5. Un -tick the box that says ‘Accept Cookies From sites’ 6. Click OK and Close the screen.

Internet Explorer 7.0+

1. Click on ‘Tools’ in the menu bar 2. Click on ‘Internet Options’ 3. Click on ‘Privacy’ Tab on top section 4. Under settings, click on the ‘Advanced” button and choose if you want to allow, bloc or be prompted for first or third party cookies 5. Click OK and Close the screen.

Google Chrome 8.0+

 1. Click to ‘Tools Menu’ 2. Click on ‘Settings’ 3. Select ‘Show advanced settings 4. In the privacy section, click ‘Content Settings’ 5. Under ‘Cookies’, choose to allow local data to be set for 1st/3rd party cookies, to block all cookies or allow only 1st party cookies by blocking third party cookies and site data 6. Close the screen.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to enable you to visit other websites of interest easily. However, once you have used these links to leave our website, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.