We may use cookies (small text files which we and other website operators store on your computer when you visit our site) to deliver a better and more personalised interaction. They enable us to recognise you when you return to our site, store information about your preferences, and improve the way your searches are processed. They also enable us to generate statistics about the number of visitors we have and how they use this website and the internet. You can set your browser to reject our cookies if you wish (you should consult your browser help section for details), but this might restrict your use of our website.

We also use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate visitors’ use of our site.

Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using the Bedford School website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

For more information on the cookie set by Google Analytics, including information on how to opt out please go to http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacypolicy.html

Data security and where we store your personal data

We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is stored and treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Uses made of the information

We use information held about you in the following ways:

  • To ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer;
  • To provide you with information, or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes;
  • To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us;
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so; and
  • To notify you about changes to our service.
  • To develop long lasting relationships with the school, Foundation and Old Bedfordians Club.

Disclosure of your information

We may share information within the Trust, but only in a way that complies with the Act. For example, if you request a prospectus about another school through our website, we will forward your request to that school.

We will only disclose your personal information to third parties:

  • If we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets; and
  • If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply any contract between us, or to protect the rights, property, or safety of the Trust, our customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

Your rights

You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will usually inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes.

Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of third parties. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

Access to information

The Act gives you the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. Any access request may be subject to a fee (usually £10) to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.

Changes to our privacy policy

Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page.

Bedford School Association (BSA)

Part of our site is provided by the BSA. The BSA homepage can be found here: https://connect.bedfordschool.org.uk/page.aspx?pid=349

In the secure member’s areas on the BSA webpages, members can upload details to their personal and professional profiles, book and pay for events and donate via debit/credit cards or direct debits. The office team may also add information which is available in the public domain. The information we collect to update the profiles, to take bookings and payment for donations and events is provided by the user.

The BSA uses online software called Blackbaud NetCommunity to help BSA manage information about individuals in connection with marketing and fundraising activities. Blackbaud NetCommunity and the BSA use cookies to improve services offered to BSA members (for example, by monitoring which webpages are better received and to remember individuals’ preferences next time they use Blackbaud NetCommunity).

It should be noted that the Old Bedfordians Club Directory, which used to be published is now available through the website, with each user being given a unique password for access.

Contact

Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy are welcomed and should be addressed to communications@bedfordschool.org.uk.