Cookie Policy

Cookies are small bits of information which are downloaded to the device used to visit a website. Each time that the same website is visited again, this device will be recognized.

By using cookies, information about visits and visitors will temporarily be saved by that website. Other websites may also recognize the device used through that same cookie.  On each visit, various types of cookies may be used.

Cookies allow a website to customize a visit, for example by:

Showing relevant navigation settings

Remembering visitor preferences

Generally improving the user experience

Limiting the number of adverts shown

Cookies used on our website

By visiting the Hamilton Grammar School website, you agree by default that our website places cookies on your device.

If you do not want usto place cookies on your device, you can refuse the use of cookies via your browser’s settings or options.  This may, unfortunately, stop the site functioning properly.

There are various different types of cookies used:

Anonymous cookies that allow visitors to navigate around the website.  The information gathered by these cookies is not used for marketing purposes.  If the use of these cookies is not allowed, various parts of the site may not function.

Anonymous cookies that help us understand how you use our website in order to improve it.  These cookies collect information about how visitors use the site and which pages they visit.  We use Jetpack for this.

Anonymous cookies that allow us to remember visitor choices and preferences.  This includes, ironically, a cookie to ensure that you do not see the cookie pop-up notice again on the same device.

Want to learn more?

You can discover more about cookies at

Website Privacy Policy

Contact Form

All data submitted through our contact form will be forwarded by e-mail to our school office. No data from the contact form is retained on our server after the e-mail has been sent.


If you sign up to receive website newsarticles by email we will store your information as detailed below:

What do we do with your data?  Your email address is only used for sending our newsletters. We do not rent our list to third parties and we do not send out advertising material on behalf of third parties.

Who holds your data?  We use a company called MailChimp to both manage our email list and to automatically send out our newsletters.  Your data is held by MailChimp and not by the school.  By signing up to our email list, you consent to us passing your data to MailChimp.  Your data may be held outside the European Union.

What data do we hold?  The only data we require is your email address. You may – at your discretion – also provide your name.  This makes it less likely that our emails are treated as spam because your name is encoded into the ‘To’ box.

What usage data is collected? MailChimp tracks how many of our emails you open and whether you click on any links.  We only use this data to identify and delete accounts which are no longer active, eg a work email address where the employee has left the company.  MailChimp also tracks what device you use to read your emails in order to use the most suitable mailing format.

How can you unsubscribe?   You may unsubscribe at any point by using the link included in all of our emails.  Emails will cease immediately.

How can I get a copy of my data?  Complete the contact us form, using the e-mail address we hold on file for you and we will send a PDF of information from your Mailchimp profile.

Embedded content

Occasionally posts on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.  These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website. stats

The school also has its own internal page counting system, controlled by Automattic, the owner of WordPress.  Solely for the purpose of collecting accurate page view data, your IP address, user agent, visiting URL, referral URL, timestamp of event, browser language and country code are logged.  However, we do not have access to any of this data except for the headline page views number.  It is retained by Automattic for 28 days and is used for the sole purpose of powering this feature.  This is allowed under European privacy legislation as long as the information is not used for any other purpose such as retargetting, which it is not.

Mobile site

A cookie is stored to remember whether or not you wish to view the mobile version.