Privacy Policy

Who we are

The Home Design School is the trading name of Kate Hatherell. Kate Hatherell is the “data controller” as defined by the General Data Protection Regulations 2018.

Our website address is:

We can be contacted by emailing

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Personal Details

When visitors complete a form on our site, any of the data may be collected for contact purposes. This data is not used for marketing purposes, unless you have also opted in to our newsletter. Data collected may include your name and email address.

For students of The Home Design School, we collect additional information to verify your identification, such as your date of birth, address and a form of photographic identification. This is a requirement of our awarding body, AIM Awards. In order to obtain a Unique Learner Reference for our students, your personal data may be shared with the Skills Funding Agency and the Learning Records Service. However you will be asked to consent to this before your data is shared. Once your identification has been verified, the form of identification is destroyed. It is also shared with an Internal Verifier, as part of our quality assurance purposes.

Transaction Data

We collect transaction data, through an integration with our payment gateway, Stripe. This data is only stored for the purposes of completing transactions for our products and services, and not for marketing purposes.

Comments & Surveys

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.

Comments are scanned for spam using Askimet, and may be shared with them. This includes your IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).

If you answer surveys for us, or leave comments on articles and blog posts, we will collect that information. This may give us information about your preferences, which we may use for our own marketing purposes. We may also record information about how you prefer to be communicated with.


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.


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 use Google Analytics to monitor our site traffic and visitors. You can view Google’s Privacy Policy here:

We also use Facebook’s pixel to track visitors, so that we can market to them on Facebook. You can read more about Facebook’s privacy here:

Who we share your data with

As stated above, for students of The Home Design School, we share your data with our awarding body, AIM Awards. Your data and work is also shared with an Internal Verifier, as part of our quality assurance purposes, although this is restricted to your name and the work you submit. We also share your data with the Skills Funding Agency to obtain a Unique Learner Number, although you will be asked to consent to this separately before your data is shared.

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, 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.

Students’ data, work and comments are kept for a minimum of 4 years. This is a requirement of our Awarding Body, AIM Awards,

Our analytics data (through google analytics) is stored for 14 months.

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.

Your contact information

If you have a query relating to privacy, please contact our data controller, Kate Hatherell, by emailing

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