Cookie Policy


The Bedford Modern School Website uses a number of cookies that stores data on our visitor’s computers.

Cookies are small text files, used by your Web browser to store visitor session data on your computer by Websites that you visit. They are commonly used on the Internet in order to make Websites work more efficiently and to enhance end user experience, as well as to provide relevant information to the School’s marketing department. Cookies are not intended to harm your system in any way.


In order to adhere to School policy, compliance legislation and best practice, we keep our privacy notice under regular review and conduct Website cookie audits when ever necessary. This privacy notice was last updated on 9 October 2012.

Our current assessment on the use of cookies on our Website is as follows:

  • First-party cookies: When someone visits, we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behavior patterns so that we are able to compile user reports on the number of visitors to the various parts of the Website and their geographical location. We collect this information in a way which does not identify users and we do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our Website.
  • Third-party cookies: We use a variety of widely recognised and used third-party plug-ins in order to enhance the end users experience, and to also act as a marketing tool. It is of the School’s opinion that the use of any plug-in represents current ‘best practice’. We do not however have any direct control over the content of these third party cookies, the use made of any data collected, or the security of that data. Any third parties may collect information about your visit to our Website, and they may use this with other data in order to serve advertising which may be more relevant to you.

There is no reason for our visitors of the Website to be particularly concerned about the privacy implications of any of the cookies we use, but we do recognise the importance of making you aware of the purpose and scope of the data stored in the cookies which are created or updated on your computer when you visit our Website.


When you visit our Website for the first time you will be presented with a message asking if you are content to accept cookies from our Website. If you tick a box to confirm that you accept cookies, they will be used; otherwise cookies will not be used unless, and until you consent.

You may also choose to delete any cookies from your computer between visits to our Website and we recommend that if you have concerns about the privacy implications of the cookies we or any of our integrated third party sites use, then you should investigate how to do this by using the cookie management tools in your web browser. Further information can be found in the Controlling the use of Cookies section at the end of this policy.


First-party cookies are specific to the host site that created them (in this case, They are not shared across domains and so cannot be accessed by a web server other than our Website:

The table below explains the First-party cookies we use on our Website and the purpose that they are used for:

Name Purpose Typical content Expires
Authen Authentication session to prevent having to login multiple times in one browser session. Hashed data of username and authentication status Expires on exit
ASP.NET_SessionI This cookie contains the user’s session ID and the cookie will expire at the end of the session (when you close your browser). This cookie does not store personal data about you.   Expires on exit 
Style Improves accessibility by storing the visitors preference on whether to activate the standard, high visibility or printer friendly style sheet with each page load. ‘standard’, ‘high’ or ‘print’  24 Hours


Third-party cookies are cookies created by an external service provider when you use a page on our website. These cookies are specific to the third-party’s domain and the data held in them can be seen and managed by the third-party and not by the School.

We only control whether or not we use any third-party services within our website, and how it is integrated and presented. We do not have control over the cookies themselves.

The table below explains the third-party cookies we use on our Website and the purpose that they are used for:


Provider Name Purpose More info
Google Analytics _utma

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile marketing reports and to help us improve the site.

The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, the geographical location of these visitors and the pages they have visited.

The purpose of each cookie in use is as follows:

  • __utma cookie: contains a unique and anonymous identifying ID, which allows the School to ensure that subsequent visits to our Website are recorded as belonging to the same (unique) visitor. This cookie expires after two years.
  • __utmb cookie: used to establish and continue a unique user session. Each time you request another page from the Website the cookie is updated to expire after 30minutes.
  • __utmc cookie: works with __utmb to determine when to create a new session for a Website visitor. This is a session based cookie and expires when you exit the browser.
  • __utmz cookie: tracks how you found the Website and is used to calculate traffic and navigation within the Website. It is updated with every new page view and expires after 6 months.
  • You may also sometimes find a __utmv cookie which relates to custom reporting, a feature which we occasionally use on Google Analytics.

Full details of the cookies which Google Analytics uses can be found in the documentationCookies & Google Analytics

You can also read Google’s Privacy Policy for Google Analytics.

To opt out of the use of Google Analytics, you may wish to consider using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

Twitter Feed k

These Cookies are used by Twitter to display School related news updates that are embedded into the footer of our site.

We currently use the Twitter ‘Follow Button’ plug-in to help us market our School using Twitter. The plug-in detects whether you are logged in to Twitter when you visit our Website and uses this information to present either a ‘Follow’ or ‘You Follow’ message with various other details from Twitter.

The plug-in is used as a convenience for our users and we use it on the basis that Twitter adheres to its Privacy Policy.

These feeds are updated by computer code provided by Twitter and use cookies from

If a user logs into their Twitter account, the cookie is retained for a maximum of 2 years.

Further information on how Twitter uses cookies can be found in their Privacy Policy.

Facebook Feed lsd

We currently use the Facebook ‘Like Box’ plug-in to help us market our School using the Facebook Social Network. The plug-in detects if you have ‘Liked’ our Facebook page and uses this information to present either a ‘Like’ button or a ‘You Like this’ message with various other associated details from Facebook. If you are not logged into Facebook, no cookies should be served and sent back to the third party.

If you are logged in to Facebook, the plug-in creates and/or updates a series of third-party cookies. The plug-in also uses JavaScript localStorage, creating a key-value pair called ‘FB_templateDataResponse’.

We use the plug-in as a convenience for our visitors, and we use it on the basis that Facebook adheres to its data use policy.

The purpose of each cookie in use is as follows:

  • reg_fb_gate cookie: contains the first Facebook page that the web browser visited.
  • reg_fb_ref cookie: contains the last Facebook page that the web browser visited.
  • lsd cookie: contains a random value that is set when a Facebook user logs out in order to prevent cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attacks. The cross-site request forgery attack is a technique that involves misuse of user credentials from one site (in this case Facebook) to perform unauthorised actions on the user’s account when a user visits a Website containing specifically crafted malicious code.

All cookies in use for this plug-in are session based cookie and expire when you exit the browser.

For further information on the use of cookies, please refer toCookies, Pixels, and Similar Technologies

Further details can also be found by referring to the Data Use Policy.


The Parent and Pupil Portals contains 2 iSAMS cookies that are set by the School’s Management Information System (iSAMS) on a small number of browsers:

  • A Session based cookie for authentication. This contains your iSAMS user-code and a unique Session ID.
  • A Persistent cookie for the ‘Remember my username’ feature. This contains your username, if the checkbox is ticked.

There is one other session based cookies as follows:

  • ASP.NET_SessionId: This cookie is generated by ASP.NET and makes use of completely standard Microsoft code. This cookie contains a session ID which is a mechanism for distinguishing your visit to our Website from any other visitors that may be using the Website at the same time.

These cookies are essential for your use of some of the interactive elements of the Portals, such as the feedback forms or example.

This cookie expires when you leave our Website.

For more information you can read this technical article on the Microsoft Website about Session IDs

World Pay Unknown

We use WorldPay as our payment processing company as part of our Holiday Activity Courses booking procedure.

WorldPay may on some occasions use cookies to collate general management data to plan enhancements to their services. Some cookies may also be used by WorldPay to process the transactions you wish to have authorised.

WorldPay never stores any personal information in cookies (on any computer that you may use) that can be used to identify you, such as your name or account numbers.

For more information you can read the World Pay Shopper Privacy Policy.
PayPal Apache
Randomly Named Cookie

Registered users of our Web Connect (School Web Alumni Portal) currently use PayPal as the payment processing company to support our online event booking system.

During the booking process our members are asked to confirm their personal details; such as name and address, they then provide their ticket requirements.

We use a plug-in to PayPal, which then takes users payment details.

PayPal never stores any personal information in cookies (on any computer that you may use) that can be used to identify you, such as your name or account numbers.

The PayPal and credit card logo images are loaded direct from PayPal’s servers (this is regarded as best practice to ensure that card scheme logos are kept as up to date as possible) and in serving these images PayPal serves two cookies as follows:

  • Apache: is a persistent cookie set to expire in 30 years’ time.
  • Random Named cookie: The second is a session cookie (destroyed once your browser is closed) and is given a random name.

We use PayPal as a convenience for our Alumni users and we use it on the basis that PayPal adheres to its Privacy Policy For further information please refer toPayPal’s Privacy Policy

Web Connect (School Web Alumni User Portal) Unknown

The Web Connect (School Web Alumni User Portal) contains 1 Web Connect cookie that is set by our third-party provider. This cookie holds a reference to the user’s session and is held on the Server and not the user’s computer.

  • A Session based cookie is used for storing details of user’s last login time, if they have visited the site before and their shopping basket history. No personal data is stored in the cookie.

This cookie is a session based cookie and expires when you leave our Website.

 AddThis _atuvc This Cookie allows you to share content via Social Networking web sites and email. When links are provided to third party services you find useful, they may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use.

Other cookies that may occasionally be used on our Website include:

YouTube cookies

YouTube video: We may periodically use the YouTube service to host video content, and embed Youtube videos and their player in some of our web pages as a convenience for our visitors, to allow them to watch the video without leaving our Website.

YouTube’s embedded player currently creates and updates two Flash LSO objects from

The LSO’s are

  • soundData (which appears to store volume setting preferences); and
  • videostats (which appears to store performance-related information).

If you want to manage the contents of your Flash Local Shared Objects, please use Adobe’s Website Storage Settings panel.

When you view a web page on our Website with an embedded YouTube video, YouTube creates at least three cookies, as follows:

  • use_hitbox; and
  • PREF

In some circumstances you may also find an additional GEO cookie.

We have no direct control over YouTube’s use of the data stored in this object. For more information, please read YouTube’s Privacy Policy.

Cookies used by Google Maps

We may from time to time make use of the Google Maps service to provide detailed information on how to locate our School or Sports fixtures.

Google Maps stores up to four cookies, as follows:

  • Khcookie
  • NID
  • SNID; and
  • PREF

We may make use of Google’s interactive maps because we believe they provide a helpful way for our visitors to identify how best to travel to us. We use the Google Maps tools on the basis that Google adheres to its privacy policy and the terms of service for Google Maps.

Controlling the use of Cookies

  • Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, please visit the following Page: All About Cookies.
  • Disabling the use of some cookies that are operating on our Website may affect your ability to use some of our Website features and enhancements.
  • To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all Websites please visit the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on Page.