Cookies are small, harmless files placed on your computer’s hard drive or in your browser memory when you visit a website.
Cookies help to make the interaction between users and websites faster and easier. For example, they can remember your login details or information you supply as you set up your user account. What cookies don't do is store any personal or confidential information about you.
Yes, cookies are harmless text files. They can’t look into your computer or read any personal information or other material on your hard drive. Cookies can’t carry viruses or install anything harmful on your computer.
We advise you to keep cookies active during your visits to our website because parts of the site rely on them to work properly. For example, you won’t be able to sign in to your account if cookies are disabled.
Like most large websites, witneyandwoodstock.odg.org.uk uses session cookies and persistent cookies. Neither session cookies nor persistent cookies collect any personally identifiable information.
We use session cookies, which last only for the duration of your visit (your 'session') and are deleted when you close your browser. These simply enable us to identify that the same person is moving from page to page. Read the paragraph on the right to learn more.
We use certain cookies that are persistent, meaning that they last beyond your session. Persistent cookies help our website remember you as a user each time you use the same computer to revisit us. Read the paragraph on the right to learn more.
As well as using cookies from our advertising partners, from time to time we may also embed external content from other third party websites within our website. These include sites such as Facebook and Twitter, whose cookie usage policy you can view on their own websites.
You have a number of options when it comes to receiving cookies. You can set your browser either to reject all cookies, to allow only ‘trusted’ sites to send them, or to accept only those cookies from websites you are currently using.
We recommend that you don’t block all cookies because parts of our website rely on them to work properly.
If you prefer not to receive cookies then you won't be able to set up a user account or register for some of the services we offer because both rely on cookies to function effectively.
Without session cookies many user functions on our website would not work. A unique ID will track your session from page to page in order to make sure things run smoothly while you are using our website. This keeps you signed in whilst you use certain pages.
Persistent cookies help our website remember you when you revisit us. This helps us know things like how many unique visitors we are getting to the site. Persistent cookies last for a pre-defined period unless they are deleted.
We use Google Analytics to allow us to track how popular our site is and to record visitor trends over time such as tracking which pages users go to. Cookies used for this purpose don’t contain any personally identifiable information – just your computer’s IP address (its unique number) to determine where in the world you are accessing the site from, and to track your page visits within the site.