Cookie Policy

 St George’s School Cookie Policy

14 March 2018

Last Updated:  14 March 2018
Last Updated: 25 February 2021

Thank you for visiting St George’s School website.

We hope that you enjoy using our site. We have prepared this Cookie Policy to help you understand and feel confident about how we use cookies on our site located at:  We have tried to keep this document as short as we legally can. However, the full-text wording is important and legally binding.

Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding cookies and how we use them when you visit our site.

For convenience, we have divided our data protection policies into three separate pages:

1. Our Privacy Policy

This policy can be found here, and explains generally how we collect, use, store, and protect your personal information when you visit our site.

2. Our Cookie Policy

Our Cookie Policy is on this page and explains more about how we may collect personal information about you via cookies (it also explains what cookies are).

3. Our Retention Policy

You can find out how long we may hold onto your personal information here.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact St George’s School, T 0131 311 8000. If you prefer to write to us, then you can find our contact details at the bottom of this document.

Who We Are

We are St George’s School an independent school for girls aged 3 - 18. We are registered in Scotland as a registered charity. Our registered number is SC012632

For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, we will refer to ourselves as “we”.

What is a Cookie

We use various technologies on our site to collect information that helps us improve your online experience. We refer to these technologies, which include cookies, collectively as “cookies”. This Cookie Policy explains the different types of cookies used on our site and how you can control them.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your device. Cookies are widely used throughout the Internet to make sites or other online services work or to be better or more efficient. They can do this because sites and other online services can read and write to the cookies  stored on  your device, enabling them to recognise you and  remember important  information that will make your use of them more convenient, for example by remembering your preferences, username, or showing you pages that you seemed to have a particular interest in.

If you consent to us storing cookies on your computer or other electronic device then you agree that we can store and access cookies as described in this policy.

How You Consent to Us Placing Cookies

When you visit our site you should see a pop-up at the top of your screen directing you to this Cookie Policy and our Privacy Policy.

By clicking or selecting the “I Agree” button that appears in the pop-up when you are demonstrating to us that you are freely giving us informed and specific consent for us to place cookies on your device for the purposes specified in this Cookie Policy and you are accepting and consenting to the practices described.

If you do not click or select the “I Agree” button that appears in the pop-up then we will not place cookies on your device.

The duration of each cookie that we may place on your computer can be found in the table of cookies below.

If you do not see a pop up at the top of your screen then you may have already accepted our Cookie Policy and our Privacy Policy. You may also be using a pop-up blocker or similar tools that may prevent this policy from being brought to your attention. Please ensure that any pop -up blockers are disabled when you use our site. If you’re unsure then scroll down to the bottom of this page where we explain how you can manage your cookies.

What Do You Use Cookies For?

Our site uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our site and to save and retain certain parameters about you and your usage of our site.  This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our site and also allows us to make improvements.

There are four different categories of cookies that we may use:

Essential cookies: these are cookies that are essential for the operation of our site. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our site or make use of e-billing services. We also use cookies to prevent fraudulent use of your login credentials. These cookies are essential for using our site and, therefore, if disabled can severely affect your use of our site.

Analytical/performance cookies: performance cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and see how visitors move around our site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our site works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. These cookies also allow us to see overall patterns of usage on our site and help us record any difficulties you may have with our site.

Functionality cookies: in some circumstances, we may use functionality cookies.  These are used to recognise you when you return to our site or provide enhanced and more personalised features, for example, to personalise our content for you,  greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

Targeting cookies: we and our service providers and partners may use targeting or advertising cookies to record your visit to our site, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. For example, we may use targeting or advertising cookies to limit the number of times you see the same advert and to help measure the effectiveness of any campaigns. We may use this information to make our site more relevant to your interests.

If you would like more information about cookies and how you can manage the settings on your computer, you can visit

Cookies We Use

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use on our site and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie name

Default Expiration Time



Session cookie - disappears when the user closes the browser.

This cookie is part of the scripting language that runs our site, and allows information to be passed between pages as you navigate through the site. For instance, should you use the online booking enquiry form, if you need to go back and correct any information on the form, this cookie helps by ensuring you don't have to type in all the information again. This cookie does not store any personally identifiable information and is deleted when you close your browser.


90 days

Contains campaign related information. For example we have linked our Google Analytics and AdWords accounts. AdWords website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out.


2 years

Google Analytic cookies. These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited.


24 hours

Same as _ga cookie above


2 years

This cookie is associated with the AddThis social sharing widget which is commonly embedded in websites to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. It stores an updated page share count.


2 years

This cookie is associated with the AddThis social sharing widget which is commonly embedded in websites to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms.


1 year

This is a custom cookie and is set in the website for certain functionalities, such as recording when visitors come to the site for the first time.



The cookies used by Google Analytics are used to collect information about how you use our website. We use this information to compile reports and to help us improve our site. The cookie collects information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to our site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they have visited.

You can read more about Google’s overview of privacy and safeguarding your data at

Third Parties
Google Analytics

Please note that third parties (including, for example, web traffic analysis services such as Google Analytics) may also use cookies, over which we have no control.

To find out how Google Analytics uses cookies please visit:

To read more about what cookies are being set by Google Analytics please visit: GA Concepts Cookies


To find information about how you may opt out of Google's use of cookies, visit Google's Ads Settings.

How Do I Control Cookies?

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site. You may also delete any cookies stored on your computer at any time.

You can find out more about changing cookie settings on your computer by visiting

How Long is Cookie Information Stored?

Different cookies may be stored for different periods of time. In many cases these cookies are updated automatically each time you visit our site or may expire and be deleted by your computer automatically. It is important to understand that when a cookie is placed on your computer it will reside on your hard drive until it expires and is deleted or it may reside on your hard drive until you manually delete it – this entirely depends on your individual browser settings and we do not have control over this.

Please remember that you can delete or change the way in which you store cookies on your computer at any time.

Changes to Our Cookie Policy

We may need to change this Cookie Policy if it’s necessary for legal reasons or to reflect changes to our services or the purpose for which we use cookies. In any case, the provisions of this Cookie Policy may be changed without prejudice to your rights. When we change our Cookie Policy we will make the updated Cookie Policy available on our site and we will also update the “Last Updated” date at the top of this page.

Any changes to our Cookie Policy will come into effect 30 days after we post it on our site. During that period you’re welcome to contact us if you have questions about the changes. If you have an account for our site then we may reset your login and seek new consent if there is a change in the purpose for which we may use cookies.

More About Your Privacy

Please also check out our website Privacy Policy which gives more information about how we protect your privacy.

Contact Us

This Cookie Policy was prepared with brevity and clarity in mind. It does not provide exhaustive detail of all aspects of how cookies may be used to collect and/or process your personal information. However, we are happy to provide additional information or explanation needed.

If you have any questions, comments or requests regarding our Cookie Policy then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. To make things easier for both of us we would appreciate it if your queries were addressed to:
0131 311 8000

or if you prefer to write, contact
Data Protection Officer
St George’s School for Girls
Garscube Terrace
Edinburgh EH12 6BG