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How we use cookies

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use this site. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements to our services in the future.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on this website
  • how long you spend on each of our pages
  • how you got to this website
  • what you click on while you’re visiting this website.

We don’t collect or store your personal information (for example your name or address), so this information can’t be used to identify who you are.

We don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Universal Analytics (Google)
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Cookie notice

Essential and performance cookies to ensure a safe journey through the site have been implemented.

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Cookies from other websites

During your visit to this website, you may notice some cookies that are not related to the Ofsted website. This happens when you visit a page with content embedded from a third party (for example YouTube videos) or use links to other sites. These websites may place cookies on your computer.

Ofsted does not control how a third party uses their cookies. If you are concerned about this, you should check the third-party websites' privacy policies for more information about their cookies.