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What Are Cookies

As is common practice with almost all professional websites this site uses cookies, which are tiny files that are downloaded to your computer, to improve your experience. This page describes what information they gather, how we use it and why we sometimes need to store these cookies. We will also share how you can prevent these cookies from being stored however this may downgrade or ‘break’ certain elements of the sites functionality.

For more general information on cookies see the Wikipedia article on HTTP Cookies…

How We Use Cookies

We use cookies for a variety of reasons detailed below. Unfortunately in most cases there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to this site. It is recommended that you leave on all cookies if you are not sure whether you need them or not in case they are used to provide a service that you use.

Disabling Cookies

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of the this site. Therefore it is recommended that you do not disable cookies.

Here are links to help on how to disable cookies in the most common web browsers:

The Cookies We Set

When you submit data to through a form such as those found on contact pages or comment forms cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.

Third Party Cookies

In some special cases we also use cookies provided by trusted third parties. The following section details which third party cookies you might encounter through this site.

From time to time we test new features and make subtle changes to the way that the site is delivered. When we are still testing new features these cookies may be used to ensure that you receive a consistent experience whilst on the site whilst ensuring we understand which optimisations our users appreciate the most.

We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work the following social media sites including; Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.

Our website has embedded a social media plugin or widget which are provided by When loading these widgets, your IP-address and cookie information is transferred to is operated by " GmbH", based in Vienna, Austria.

Google Analytics

To help us understand how this site is used, and so improve it, we deploy Google Analytics.

For Google Analytics to function, first party cookies track visitor interactions with the site. There are strict limits to the amount and kind of information that these cookies record or report. Read more about privacy and Google Analytics.

Your use of this website signifies your consent to our using Google Analytics. Should you wish to opt out, Google has developed a browser add-on to let you do so.

There are many sites offering further information about cookies, tracking and privacy — for example,

More Information

Hopefully that has clarified things for you and as was previously mentioned if there is something that you aren’t sure whether you need or not it’s usually safer to leave cookies enabled in case it does interact with one of the features you use on our site. However if you are still looking for more information then you can contact us through one of our preferred contact methods.

Name Origin Purpose Expires
NIDGoogleUsed to store your Google preferences and used by the Google Recaptcha service the website uses on forms.6 Months
_gaGoogle AnalyticsThis helps us count how many people visit by tracking if you’ve visited before.2 Years
_gidGoogle AnalyticsThis helps us count how many people visit by tracking if you’ve visited before.24 Hours
_gatGoogle AnalyticsThis helps us count how many people visit by tracking if you’ve visited before.24 Hours
_gat_* Google Analytics This helps us count how many people visit or one of our plugins in use on our site by tracking if you’ve visited before. Session Cookie
__cfduidCloudFlareCloudFlare is a randomly generated number that identifues your browser1 Year
GPSYouTubeUsed by YouTube (Google) for storing user preferences and other unspecified purposes24 Hours
PREFYouTubeUsed by YouTube (Google) for storing user preferences and other unspecified purposes1 Year
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVEYouTubeUsed by YouTube (Google) for storing user preferences and other unspecified purposes6 Months
YSCYouTubeUsed by YouTube (Google) for storing user preferences and other unspecified purposesSession
__atuvc addthis The __atuvc cookie is created and read by the AddThis social sharing site JavaScript on the client side in order to make sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before our share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behavior for users. 2 Years
_gid, cookieSupport, driftt_aid, mkjs_group_id, mkjs_user_id, nodeServer, wallsio, _gat_global, _gat, _ga, DFTT_END_USER_PREV_BOOTSTRAPPEDwalls.ioThese cookies are used to generate our social wall. Detailed information can be found at: see privacy page
 ASP.Net_SessionIDSession Control Used to establish connections between the client and server. Session Only
 StyleSt. Michael's School
 Accessibility Options.
Remembers settings such as the standard view and high visibility links at the bottom of a webpage.
 1 Year
ArrowpointSt. Michael's SchoolThese are used solely for the purpose of balancing load between the servers on which our website resides. Without them the users may experience unexpected behaviour. 1 Year