What are cookies?

Cookies are tiny text files that websites save to your computer or device. The cookies used by our website do not contain any of your personal information, and we can't use them to find out who you are.

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve it. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

A cookie often includes a randomly generated number that is stored on your device.  Some cookies are stored just for the duration of your visit to the website, others are stored for longer periods. 

This page tells you about how Welbeck-The Defence Sixth Form College uses cookies.  The cookies used on are not used to identify you personally. 

We use cookies to improve your experience of our website. Here’s what they help us do:

Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website or make use of online booking forms;

Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily;

Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you and remember your preferences (for example, the Accessibility Options cookie helps recognise your desired viewing settings); and

Third-party cookies (for example, Twitter and Vimeo). Some third-party software utilises its own cookies over which we have little or no control. You can find out about their use of cookies by visiting the third party's website. 

 If you’d like to learn more about cookies in general, we recommend the About Cookies website.

Specific cookies we use:





Session Control 


Used to establish connections between the client and server.

When browser is closed

Log in session and authentication

Fed Auth

Used only for Administrator, Editor or Publisher users updating website content.

When browser is closed

Accessibility Options


Remembers settings such as the standard view and high visibility links at the bottom of a webpage.

After 24 hours

Share Count


Connected with the 'Add This function' associated with, for example, the Bookmark and Share icon.

After 48 hours

User login sessions


Required for retaining user login sessions.

May be used when, for example, an admin user logs in via 'Admin'.

User recognition



Erasure of this cookie prevents the website recognising the user.

When browser is closed.


Last Activity



Measures the period of user inactivity when logged into the Fluency CMS.

When browser is closed.

Cookie Consent


Used to store acceptance of the cookie notice on this site.

 30 days


Arrowpoint, Style and Visited

Used to determine which of the servers you have been routed to

End of session

Third Party cookies


May be used if the user decides to share the website using the Bookmark and Share Icon

Cookies will be received from the third party when sharing the website.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics tracking cookies to collect anonymous traffic data about your use of this website. Google Analytics collects information such as pages you visit on this site, the browser and operating system you use and time spent viewing pages. The purpose of this information is to help us improve the site for future visitors. We don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data. This information is stored by Google and subject to their privacy policy.





Used to distinguish users.

2 years


Used to throttle request rate

10 minutes


Used to distinguish users

24 hours


Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the JavaScript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

2 years from set/update


Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the JavaScript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

30 minutes from set/update


Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.

When you close your browser


Used to throttle request rate.

10 minutes


Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

2 years from set/update


Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the JavaScript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

6 months from set/update

Social Media sites

We provide links to a range of social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  We also use social media integration features such as the Facebook Like and Share buttons.  These social media sites use cookies to collect your IP address and identify which page you are visiting.  They will also make your preference information available to third parties.  The information collected by these cookies are controlled by third party privacy policies. 

Changing your browser settings

You can make changes to the way your browser manages cookies. Here are links to the four most popular:

Changing cookie settings in Google Chrome

Changing cookie settings in Internet Explorer

Changing cookie settings in Safari

Changing cookie settings in Mozilla Firefox