What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their websites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information.
Cookies set by the website owner (in this case, St. Mary's Catholic Academy) are called "first party cookies". Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called "third party cookies". Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (e.g. like advertising, interactive content and analytics). The parties that set these third party cookies can recognize your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.
We use first and third party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Websites to operate, and we refer to these as "essential" or "strictly necessary" cookies. Other cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our Online Properties. Third parties serve cookies through our Websites for advertising, analytics and other purposes. This is described in more detail below.
Spiceworks: Cookies provided by Spiceworks allow for users to contact us and log helpdesk tickets. The cookies will allow for quality of service and allow the continuation of use when logging into Spiceworks.
Cloudflare: Cloudflare hosts our website and their cookies are strictly necessary to provide the services required . Cloudflare cookies
Loom: Loom cookies are used to track viewers of the Loom videos we use on our website.
UCAS: UCAS cookies record the use of the UCAS App on our Sixth Form page.