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GTCS and the use of Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by the websites you visit. They are widely used to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to website managers.

We believe that the cookies across our sites are neither intrusive nor evasive and that they allow us to provide services that teachers could reasonably expect from us. Our cookies are never used for marketing purposes.

Types of cookies on this site

1.Session Cookies (Essential Site Cookie) - ASP.NET_SessionId

This cookie is used to provide essential facilities on our site such as MyGTCS. This cookie is deleted when you close your web browser.

Further guidance on this is available by clicking on the link below.

2.Google Analytics cookies - _utma, _utmb, _utmc,_utmz

These cookies are used to collect anonymous information about how visitors use our site, including information about the number of visitors to the site, where they've come from and the pages they've visited.

We use this information to make improvements to the site and to help to make your experience of our website more enjoyable.

Further information on this is available by clicking on the link below.

3. Site specific cookie

This cookie is set by our community software which hosts our blogs and forums. It stores a user's role within the system, for example, a probationer. Having a role such as probationer or student gives access to these forums. The cookie expires 20 minutes after being issued.

4. Third party cookies

These are set by someone other than the GTCS. You will not see the content from third parties until you access the cookies policy.

Some of the content on our web page may also contain content from other sites like YouTube or Twitter, which may set their own cookies. Also, if you share a link, the service you share it on (e.g. Facebook) may set a cookie on your browser.

We have no control over third party cookies. As a user, you can delete cookies, we have provided guidance on how to do this below.

How to control cookies

Most web browsers allow some control of cookies through the browser settings. You can set your browser to accept or reject all, or certain cookies. Most cookies are easy to delete and are guidance on this is provided below.