New European privacy laws have come into force in the UK which require websites to obtain consent when placing ‘cookies’ on visitors computers, mobiles or other devices. This is intended to give internet users more control over the data that websites gather.

 The Regulations requires organisations running websites in the UK to get consent from visitors to their websites in order to store cookies on users’ computers.

 The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) which is the organisation in the UK responsible for regulating the new law recognises there are no easy technical solutions to this problem and has given companies until May 2012 to comply.

 We are committed to providing our website visitors with a clear understanding of how and why we use cookies. In this document, we give information on the cookies that we use on our websites, the information which we gather, how we use it and the steps that you can take to disable cookies. If you have concerns regarding any aspect of the way in which we deploy cookies on this website, please contact us.

(a) What are Cookies?

Cookies are files that store information on your hard drive or browser which means that the website can recognise that you have visited before. They make it easier for you to maintain your preferences on the School Development Planning v3.5, and by seeing how you use them, we can tailor them around your preferences and measure usability of the School Development Planning v3.5 software.

(b) How can I prevent Cookies being used?

You can, should you choose, disable the cookies from your browser and delete all cookies currently stored on your computer. You can find out how to do this for your particular browser by clicking "help" on your browser's menu or by visiting

However, please be aware that should you choose to disable cookies from your browser it may prevent you from taking full advantage of any School Development Planning v3.5s website and you will not be able to Login. You will see from the section below headed "Use of Cookies by School Development Planning v3.5" that all of the cookies used by the School Development Planning v3.5 are recognised as being essential cookies, which are required in order to make the website work.

(c) Use of Cookies by School Development Planning v3.5

We use cookies on the School Development Planning v3.5 software. However, we do not collect or store personal data via the cookies used on any of the School Development Planning v3.5 software.

When someone visits one of our School Development Planning v3.5 software we collect standard internet log information. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the School Development Planning v3.5 software. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone.

If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through any of the School Development Planning v3.5 software we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

The table below provides an overview of all the cookies used by School Development Planning v3.5, the purpose of the cookie, when it expires and how you can find out further information about each cookie:

1.  Main Cookies for School Development Planning v3.5 software.

This is a list of the main cookies set by the School Development Planning v3.5 software, and what each is used for.  




Session Cookie


This cookie is necessary for site functionality and is set even if you do not give your consent.  It is held temporarily in memory and is deleted when the web browser is closed.  This cookie contains no personally identifiable information.

Authentication Cookie


This cookie is only created when you login to the site. It stores your username and any associated roles assigned to that user. It does not contain any personal data about you. This cookie expires when the user logs out, the session ends or after 30 minutes.

2.  Third Party Cookies

The School Development Planning v3.5 software uses a number of suppliers who also set cookies on the School Development Planning v3.5 software on its behalf in order to deliver the services that they are providing. If you would like more information about the cookies used by these suppliers, as well as information on how to opt-out, please see their individual privacy policies listed below.




Google Analytics


How to reject or delete these cookies

3.  Local Shared Objects (Flash Cookies)

 The School Development Planning v3.5 software may use the Adobe Flash Player to deliver some services throughout the site. To improve user experience, Local Shared Objects - or Flash Cookies as they are commonly known - are employed to provide features such as auto-resume and for saving your preferences. Flash Cookies are stored on a user's terminal much the same as cookies are, however it is not possible to manage them at browser level in the same way.

How to disable Flash Cookies:

The Adobe website provides comprehensive information on how to delete or disable Flash cookies either for a specific domain or for all websites - see for details. Please be aware that restricting the use of Flash Cookies may affect the features available to you.