Privacy Policy

Who we are

We are The Western International School of Shanghai. Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We gather and use certain information about individuals who use this website. We use this information to better understand how visitors use this website and to present timely and relevant information to visitors. This data is used only by The Western International School of Shanghai for the stated purposes and is never shared with third party marketeers.



When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.



If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


Contact forms

We use forms to allow you to subscribe to our newsletters and request a tour or apply for a scholarship (among other things). The information from these forms is held securely on our servers in Mainland China. We also use Mailchimp to manage our subscription lists and you may unsubscribe at any time via the ‘unsubscribe’ link on the bottom over every email. You can read Mailchimp’s privacy policy,

The data is only used by The Western International School of Shanghai for the stated purpose and only help for as long as necessary (in the case of tours or scholarship requests) or until you decide to unsubscribe (in the case of subscriptions).



If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.


Embedded content from other websites

Articles 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.



We collect the following information, via Google Analytics, to better understand how visitors use this website:

  • Website usage data
  • Information about individual visitors such as your IP address and details of your browser and device

Here you can read Google Analytics’ Privacy Policy

Who we share your data with

This data is used only by The Western International School of Shanghai for the stated purposes and is never shared with third party marketeers.


How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.


What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.


Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. Any personal data you submit via a form resides on servers in Mainland China. Any analytics data gathered resides on Google servers in the USA.

We will not share your personal information with or sell it to third-party marketers.

We may use the following third-party service providers named below to process and store your data:

  • Mailchimp (The Rocket Science Group, LLC), which we use to manage email marketing subscriber lists and send emails to our subscribers. Read their privacy policy.

We will not share your personal information with or sell it to any other third-party unless we have your permission or the law requires us to.

Any personal information we hold about you is stored and processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, GDPR 2018 and the Chinese Cybersecurity Law 2017.


Your contact information

If you have any data privacy concerns please contact