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Cookie Notice

This Cookie Notice (together with our Privacy Notice and terms and conditions (at swgfl.org.uk/terms) and any other documents referred to on it) sets out how we use cookies.


  1. Our website(s) may use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website(s). This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website(s) and also allows us to improve our website(s). Here you will find information on what cookies may be set when you visit our website(s) and the purposes for which we use those cookies.
  2. The website(s) is owned and operated by South West Grid for Learning Trust Ltd (referred to as “SWGfL", "SWG", "the Grid", “Our”, “We” and “Us”). For further detailed information about this Site, please click here to see our Terms and our Privacy Policy.
  3. By continuing to use this webite, you are agreeing to our use of cookies in the manner described in this Cookie Notice.

What Are Cookies?

  1. A cookie is a small data file that is placed on your browser or the hardware of your computer or other device to allow a website to recognise you as a user when you return to the website, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (a ‘persistent cookie’). Other similar files work in the same way and we use the word ‘cookie’ in this Cookie Notice to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
  2. Cookies are an extremely common technology for remembering certain information about a visitor to a website. The vast majority of websites currently make use of cookies and they are commonly used for a wide range of tasks. We use cookies for the following purposes:
    1. Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website(s). They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website(s).
    2. Analytical cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website(s) when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website(s) works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
    3. Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website(s) and to embed functionality from third party services. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name, remember your preferences (e.g. login information) and to integrate useful services provided by third party providers into our website(s).
    4. Advertising cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website(s), the pages you have visited on our website(s) and others and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make the advertising displayed to you more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
  3. This Cookie Notice gives you information on the specific cookies used on our website(s).

How to Control and Delete Cookies

  1. When you accessed our website(s), you were presented with a message that notified you of our use of cookies. We had to use a cookie to present you with that notice. If you continue to use our website(s), more cookies and other tracking technologies will be placed on your computer as described in this Cookie Notice in order to enhance your user experience whilst on the website(s). By continuing to use the website(s) and/or by accepting our Terms, you are agreeing to the use of such cookies and tracking technology.
  2. If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our website(s) (or, indeed, on any other site) you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how. If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to the Your Online Choices site at http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices.
  3. Alternatively, you may wish to visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/ which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer, as well as more general information about cookies. Please note that, as these websites are not owned or operated by us, we are not responsible for any of the content on them.
  4. Please be aware that restricting cookies may mean that you will not be able to take full advantage of all the features or services available on our website(s)

Main Cookies Used by Us on Our Website(s)

  1. A list of the main cookies used by us on our website(s) together with details about what each is used for can be found in the “Cookie Settings” area of the relevant website.

Third Party Cookies

  1. We also use and work with a number of third party suppliers and partners who set or read cookies on our website(s). We do not have any control over these cookies. Whilst we provide a summary of the third party cookies used in the table below, you should also check the relevant third party’s privacy policy using the links in that table for more information about how these cookies are used.
  2. The third party cookies used in connection with our website(s) include:
    1. Analytics cookies. We use cookies to help us collect information that allows us to analyse web traffic to our website(s). The information collected via the cookies, which is anonymous, is sent to a third party that operates analytics tools which we use to analyse the information collected and improve our website(s) performance.
    2. Social media cookies/plugins. We include a variety of social media features on the pages of our website(s) that record your interactions with those features with your accounts with various social networking sites (e.g. Facebook and Google+ buttons). For these to work, the social networking site will set/read cookies through our website(s) to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.
    3. Embedded third party content. Some of the content on our website(s) (e.g. maps or videos) is provided by online services operated by third parties. When you visit a page containing content from one of these services, a cookie may be set by the relevant third party.
    4. Advertising cookies. We also use and work with a number of third party suppliers and partners who set cookies on our website(s) in order to deliver advertising to you. Please see a summary of the third party advertising cookies used in the table below. If you would like more information about the cookies used by these organisations or would like to access a tool which you can use to disable them, please visit the Your Online Choices site at http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices or click on the AdChoices logo that you will see in the corner of advertisements that carry behavioural targeting cookies.
  3. A list of the third party cookies used in connection with our website(s) can be found in the “Cookie Settings” area of the relevant website.

Email Tracking

  1. Some of the emails we send to you may contain a ‘web beacon pixel’ (clear GIFs) or tracked links which allows us to identify when you have opened the email and to verify which links contained in the email you have accessed. We use this information to determine which parts of our emails are of most interest to you.
  2. You can delete the pixel by deleting the email. If you do not wish to download the pixel to your computer or other device, you can ensure this by selecting to receive emails from us in plain text rather than HTML, or not opening or blocking delivery of pictures in your email.
  3. Alternatively you can unsubscribe from our mailing list by contacting us at privacy@swgfl.org.uk.

Contacting Us

Please read this notice carefully and contact us if you have any queries by emailing us at:privacy@swgfl.org.uk.

Or by writing to:

The Head of Privacy
South West Grid for Learning Trust
Belvedere House
Pynes Hill

Or by telephone on:0345 601 3203

We reserve the right to change this Cookie Notice from time to time, and suggest therefore that you review it periodically.

Your continued use of the website(s) following modification means that you agree to be bound by the modified policy.

This version of the Cookie Notice was last updated on 16 May 2018.