Website Privacy

At Heathside, we consider your privacy to be your absolute right, and we do everything in our power to ensure that our website is secure and safe for all visitors. We are totally transparent about any data we collect and the reasons why it is collected.

Our website is only ever used to collect personal information if you voluntarily provide this to us to register your child for admission at Heathside. Any data you provide to us is treated as strictly confidential and is only used internally for the admissions process. We never pass on your data to third parties or ever use it for any marketing or unintended purposes.

Like almost every website, we do employ the use of certain ‘cookies’ which are little files which may get stored on your device by your web browser. While cookies do not identify your personal details to us, they can determine if your particular device/computer and web browser was used to visit our website before. Some of these cookies are essential to the normal operation of our website. Some are not essential, but allow us to monitor and improve the website experience. You can disable the cookies if you wish. You are informed about this the first time you visit our website. We use the cookies for the following reasons:

For security. So that we can inform you about the security measures we use on our site. We have a security certificate which ensures traffic to and from our site is encrypted (and warns you if ever for any reason it isn’t encrypted). We also have anti-malware scanners installed on our site which regularly scan every file on our web server. These security measures have ‘site-seals’ which a user can click to verify the validity of our site. We do this to ensure our site is always kept safe. We use methods that verify and cerify that our site is bona fide and participates in programmes where safe searches list our site and atest that it safe and has a good reputation.

To ascertain if you are a returning visitor. We can determine if you are visiting our site for the first time (on a particular web browser and device), or if you have visited before. For example, links you may have clicked on a previous visit could be highlighted in different colour, or new sections you haven’t viewed before could be made to stand out visually. We also keep count the number of new and unique visitors to our site.

To determine the type of device you are using. Certain parts of our website can detect if you are viewing from a mobile device, and whether it's in landscape or portrait orientation, and optimise the viewing experience accordingly.

For statistics. Whilst we cannot identify who exactly is visiting our website, we can refer to anonymous statistics about the number of unique visitors we receive, and which search engine (if any) was used to bring a visitor to our site. We can also determine which pages were viewed and for approximately how long. We use this information to gauge the popularity of our webpages and improve the quality of our site. Search engines only provide this data to us in a totally anonymised format. They also provide us with statistics and graphs regarding times of day and local time zone when the website is usually visited, approximate geographic locations (i.e. countries and cities) of visitors. Search engines also can tell us how many visitors clicked on a phone number or email address on our contact page to get in touch with the school, and whether they referred to a map to find us. This is standard data routinely collected by most search engines, which can be provided to website owners. More information is available about any data search engines collect via their respective privacy policies. For example, for Google, please see:

Parents, high school children, or current members of staff can also access certain internal portals via the school website to redirect to other password protected sections of the school website for specific purposes. You are advised specifically at those internal sites about any cookies or personal information collection.

Our website is constantly evolving and will be undergoing a major renovation in the near future. This privacy policy will be updated accordingly to reflect any future changes.

More information about our Data Protection policy is available on the Policies page of our website.

Last updated: May 2018