Cookies on our site

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website.

Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. They do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. A common use of cookies is to store information entered into a form so it does not need to be re-entered on subsequent visits. We use cookies occasionally on our site, but you can use your browser settings to block them if you want to.

You can find out more about cookies, how they’re used and how you can opt out of using them:

Cookies we use

Category 1: strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features,such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for,such as reserving a library book or making an electronic payment, cannot be provided.

Consent: in law, we don’t need your consent to use these cookies:

  • ‘ASP.NET_SessionId’ and ‘ASPSESSIONIDxxx’ (the xxx part is different for everyone)
    These are temporary cookies needed by some of the tools on the website to recognise you from one page to the next. They’re deleted when you leave our site.
  • ‘ARRAffinity’
    This is a temporary cookie set by our web host to make sure our website works consistently from one page to the next. It’s deleted when you leave our site.
  • ‘RequestVerificationToken’
    This is a unique code generated when you submit a form, which helps us to ensure your data is secure. It’s deleted when you leave our site.

Category 2: performance cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.

Consent: By using our website,, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device:

  • ‘_ga’, ‘_gat’
    These are set by Google Analytics. We use this service to help us understand how many people are visiting the website and how they’re using it, so that we can see where we can improve. See:
    - Web analytics for East Sussex County Council –
    - Opt out of Google Analytics – Google Tools website
  • ‘_ceg.u’, ‘_ceg.s’
    These are set by Crazy Egg. We use this service to help us understand how people are using specific pages on our website, so that we can see where we can improve. They’re deleted after three months.
  • ‘mp_mixpanel_c’
    This cookie is set by Mixpanel for analyzing traffic used by our GovDelivery overlays, in particular it shows how users reached the platform.

Category 3: functionality cookies

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

Consent: By using our website,, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device:

  • ‘textsize’
    We’ve provided a way to change the size of the text on our website. We use these cookies to remember your choice, so you don’t have to keep changing the size.
  • ‘ReadingOrder’
    We use this to guide you through what happens after you receive a school admissions decision. It remembers the last page you saw, and it’s deleted after one hour.
  • ‘C4ATBCookie*’
    These cookies are set by our web chat feature and are deleted after a year. We use this service to provide an easy way for you to contact us online.
  • GovDelivery Overlays – Local Storage’
    Local storage is like a cookie that isn’t used to gather user information. Our GovDelivery overlays save data to local storage on your machine that our website can reference when it is loading. The overlays use this information to tell how the overlay was last used and to determine if the overlay should be displayed again.

Category 4: targeting cookies or advertising cookies

These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.

Consent: Our site doesn’t use any cookies which fall into this category.