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Here at Merchiston Castle School we want to reassure you that your privacy is respected and safe in our hands. We only ever collect information from you that helps us to help you get the most out of your visit to our site.

For more details, please read Merchiston Castle School full privacy policy.

What is a cookie?
A cookie is simply a small text file. It isn’t a program and doesn’t actively do anything on your computer.

Why do we use cookies?
As with many other websites, we use cookies for several reasons, the main one being:
To monitor and measure what visitors do on our website. This allows us to know what areas of the site are popular, how often visitors come back, where they come from, whether they are using a PC or a mobile device and so on. Knowing how our site is being used means we can enhance users’ experience in future.
If you still decide to opt out, you have two options:
You can adjust the settings on your internet browser to prevent cookies being downloaded. How this is done varies according to which browser you are using and we recommend you refer to the appropriate online help guides.
You can opt out of receiving specifically those cookies we use to track how people are using our site.

You can adjust the settings in your web browser to determine whether sites can set cookies on your computer by following the browser specific instructions at the following links;
– Cookie settings in Firefox 
– Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
– Cookie settings in Google Chrome
– Cookie settings in Safari (OS X)
– Cookie settings in Safari (iOS)
– Cookie settings in Android

This website uses the Google AdWords remarketing service to advertise on third party websites (including Google) to previous visitors to our site. It could mean that we advertise to previous visitors who haven’t completed a task on our site, for example requesting a prospectus.
This could be in the form of an advertisement on the Google search results page, or a site in the Google Display Network. Third-party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to the Merchiston website. Of course, any data collected will be used in accordance with our own privacy policy and Google’s privacy policy.
You can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Preferences page, and if you want to you can opt out of third party vendor’s use of cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt out page.

Merchiston Castle School use of cookies is governed by the Privacy Policy

Cookie types
When visiting the Merchiston Castle School website you may have the following cookies placed on your computer:

Session cookie
This cookie lasts for the duration of your visit. It is destroyed when you close the browser or navigate away from the Merchiston Castle School site you are browsing.

Visit tracking cookie
These cookies are used by Merchiston Castle School to track repeat visitors to our sites. We do this so we can build up a picture of how visitors use our sites and how best to improve our service. These also allow us understand if visitors have booked accommodation through one of our sites.

Cookies we use
The following section lists the cookies we use on the main Merchiston Castle School website.

Cookie Purpose
First party cookies

Google Analytics, __utma
These cookies are used to collect analytical information about how visitors use our site. All web traffic and usage information is collected in an aggregate and anonymous form. Merchiston Castle School use this information for analytical purposes to evaluate the performance of their marketing campaigns, to compile reports and to make improvements to website content and user experience.

Google privacy information:
https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/

You can opt out of Google Analytics tracking by installing a browser plug-in from https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en
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ShareThis, __unam
This cookie is set by the ShareThis social sharing widget. It allows ShareThis to count the number of unique users that share content and how many page views are generated from the resulting share. This cookie is used for analytical purposes and it doesn’t link to personal information. Even though it is a first party cookie, Merchiston Castle School have no control over it.

ShareThis privacy policy and tracking opt-out:

Privacy

Third party cookies

Twitter, __utma
These cookies are set by the Twitter plugin on the Merchiston Castle School news and events pages. The majority of Twitter cookies are set if you are logged into your Twitter account. Twitter use collected information for analytical purposes and to tailor content based on your interests, for example they will suggest who you should follow on Twitter. Tailored content is stored with only the browser cookie ID and is separated from other Twitter widget data such as page-visit information. After a maximum of 10 days, Twitter start the process of deleting or aggregating Widget Data, which is usually instantaneous but in some cases may take up to a week.

Twitter privacy policy:
https://twitter.com/privacy

Content personalisation information and opt-out:
https://support.twitter.com/articles/20169421
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WordPress cookies:
WordPress cookies are necessary cookies used for logged in user and for commenters.
https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Cookies

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