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This Privacy Policy is provided to visitors (“you” or “your”) by Hills Road Sixth Form College ("us", “our”, or “we”).

Hills Road Sixth Form College maintains a database of alumni in order to stay in touch with our community and keep you updated about news, events, careers initiatives and fundraising activities.

Some of our database (but not all) choose to join our online community by registering on this website and creating an online profile. In both instances (individuals with offline database records and individuals with online profiles), we collect and store personal information (or “data”) about you. We are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy and this Policy sets out what information we collect about you, where and how we use (“process”) it.

We may change this Policy from time to time. If we make any significant changes we will advertise this on the website or contact you directly with the information. Please check this page occasionally to make sure you are happy with any changes.

If you have any questions about this Policy or concerning your personal information, please contact Vivien Brownlee at

What type of personal information we collect

• First name
• Last name
• Email
• Address
• Photographs
• Gender
• Date of birth
• Family relationships
• Years at Hills Road Sixth Form College
• Higher education and work details
• Participation in our events, emails, competitions, surveys and other activities
• Donations made to Hills Road Sixth Form College
• Geo-location data (your geographical location based on your IP address)
• Log-ins and activity on the website
• A record of payments made via the website (but we do not store your credit/ debit card details as these are processed securely externally by a third-party payment provider) which could include event tickets, shop purchases oronline donations
• Consent options and communication preferences
• Content (such as announcements, stories, photos, documents, comments, events, jobs) that you post on this website or provide to us by other means
• Messages that you send to other community members via the direct messaging system when logged in to this website.

Where we collect information from

We collect personal information when you:
• visit this website
• create or update your online profile
• post content on to this website or other websites and social media sites managed by Hills Road Sixth Form College
• take part in an event
• attend a meeting with us and provide us with information
• contact us in any way including online, email, phone, SMS, social media or post
• open an email sent from this website
• send a message via the direct messaging system on this website
• leave Hills Road Sixth Form College and we transfer some basic details about you from the main Hills Road Sixth Form College database in to our [alumni] database.

How we use your information

We will use your personal information in a number of ways, always with a legal basis for processing your data. These may include:
• providing you with the information or updates that you have asked for
• sending you communications (with your consent if required) that may be of interest, including invites to events, newsletters and fundraising campaigns
• delivering our obligations under any contract between us
• seeking your views on the services or activities we carry out, so that we can make improvements
• updating our database records and ensuring we know how you prefer to be contacted
• analysing your engagement with our website and other content to help us improve our services for you
• running our mentoring programme/ club activities/ reunion events/ sports fixtures

Our legal basis for processing your information

The use of your information for the purposes set out above is lawful because one or more of the following applies:The use of your information for the purposes set out above is lawful because one or more of the following applies: • you have given us your consent for the information to be used
• it is necessary for us to hold and use your information to carry out our obligations under a contract entered into with you
• it is necessary for our legitimate interests to hold and use your information and we are not impacting your privacy by doing so

Updating your consent preferences

If you have an online profile on this website you can update your consent options by logging-in and clicking on “My Settings” in your profile. Scroll down to find your ‘Consent options’ where you will see a list of consents and the options “opt-in”, “opt-out” and “unspecified”.

Via ‘My Settings’ you can also choose to hide your profile from Google, limit access to your profile so that it’s only viewable to your connections and adjust some of the automatic notifications that you receive from this website. Please note that your name (but not full profile) may appear in various places around the community website, such as a ‘Recent Joiners’ box and in ‘Search’ results irrespective of the privacy settings you have selected.

If we are using consent as our legal basis for processing your data, we must have an explicit “opt-in” from you for this specific type of processing.

If we are using legitimate interests as our legal basis for processing your data, we will process your data responsibly in a way that you would reasonably expect, and you can opt-out at any stage.

If you click ‘unsubscribe’ at the bottom of one of our emails sent you will be automatically opted-out of these types of email communications in the future.

If you want to contact us about your consent preferences please contact Vivien Brownlee by sending an email to:

Who has access to your information?

• Web hosting, email hosting, analytics and search engine providers that enable us to run our community database and improve our website and its use
Other than this, we will not share your information with other organisations without your consent.

Keeping your information up to date

Please would you let us know if your contact details change. Online members can update your details directly by logging-in to the website and clicking on ‘My Settings’ under your profile. You can also update your details by contacting us at

Your rights

You have the right to request details of how we use your personal information through making a subject access request. Such requests have to be made in writing by contacting Vivien Brownlee, Marketing Officer, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PE

You also have the following rights:
• to request rectification of information that is inaccurate or out of date;
• to erasure of your information (the “right to be forgotten”);
• to restrict the way in which we are dealing with and using your information;
• to request that your information be provided to you in a format that is secure and suitable for re-use (the “right to portability”);
• in relation to automated decision making and profiling.

All of these rights are subject to certain safeguards and limits or exemptions. To exercise any of these rights, you should contact Vivien Brownlee at the above address.

If you are not happy with the way in which we have processed or dealt with your information, you can complain to the ICO. Further details about how to complain can be found here.


Some information and data may be automatically collected through the use of cookies on this website. Cookies are small text files employed on the website to recognise repeat users and allow us to observe behaviour and compile aggregate data in order to improve the user-experience we provide for our website visitors.

The law states that we can store cookies on your machine if they are essential to the operation of the website, but that for all others we need your permission to do so.

The list below explains the cookies we use and why:
Cookie Description Name Purpose
Session Cookie HillsRoad_Member_Code

Used to remember you as you travel from page to page in a single session (without leaving the website) in order to provide a continuous and unified experience
Functional Cookie HillsRoad_Identify Used to remember your login details when you return to the website after previously logging out, by storing them in your browser. This cookie is turned off by default and is only activated when you select the ‘Remember Me’ check box during login.

Opting out of cookies

If you do not wish to receive cookies from us or any other website, you should be able to turn cookies off on your web browser: please follow your browser provider’s instruction in order to do so. Unfortunately, we cannot accept liability for any malfunctioning of your computer or its installed web browser as a result of any attempt to turn off cookies.

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit or

How long we keep your information for

We will hold your personal information for as long as it is necessary for the relevant activity.

If you ask us to stop contacting you, we will keep a record of your contact details and limited information needed to ensure we comply with your request. If you ask us to remove your personal data from our database we will delete all the information we hold out apart from your name and the dates that you attended [organisation] and archive your record in our database.

About Us

This website is operated by Hills Road Sixth Form College, an exempt charity listed in schedule 3 to the Charities Act, and whose registered office at Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PE. Our VAT registration number is:  665 6396 90.

You are able to contact us in relation to our website at, or write to us at the above address, FAO: Vivien Brownlee. Further contact information can be located at the Contact Us page of this website 


Questions, comments and requests regarding this Privacy Policy are welcomed. You are able to contact us with regards to any of the information we hold about you or contents of this Privacy Policy at, or write to us at the address of our registered office (see “About Us” above), FAO: Vivien Brownlee.

Further contact information can be located at the Contact Us page of this website. 

This Policy was last updated in September 2018
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