Security Systems for Schools, Colleges and Universities
Security and fire systems for education
Security systems for schools and educational facilities are like security systems anywhere, designed to ensure that people are safe and protected while they are on site.
The size and complexity of the security systems will ultimately depend on the size and complexity of the school and the site concerned.
“No two schools are identical, and the design of the buildings and the layout of the site will differ from school to school. However, many of the issues revolving around security are generic.”
|DfE – Site Security Guidance – November 2019|
What security systems do educational establishments need?
- That’s a big question and the answer will depend on many different factors, that may include:
- Establishment type
- Number of Students/staff on the role
- Site-specific requirements
In truth, a security system for ANY establishment, school, business or even a private residence, could have multiple levels of complexity depending on any of the factors listed above.
In the UK the 3 main types of education establishments are:
Security and safety systems are required for each type, but the flexibility and complexity of the systems increase along with the size and complexity of type.
Examples of education security solutions are:
- Palisade fencing and perimeter detection
- CCTV cameras - include video analytics and occupancy management
- Command post /system integration
- Thermal cameras and mask detection
- Automated gatehouse and barriers
- Access - airlocks key staff areas, HQ and admin. Lift control
- Access - contactless, smartphone, id access. Hierarchical zonal control in critical areas
- Monitoring - remote guard tours - lone student protection CCTV cameras
- Fire and life safety
- Pava - public address
- What are the government guidelines for security systems in the education sector?
- There are Various UK government requirements and guidelines for security systems in colleges and schools, some of which can be found here: School and college security and: Site security guidance
- How do you provide safe and secure learning?
All schools, colleges and universities want to provide a safe and secure learning environment for staff and students, so security systems operate on the same broad principles:
- Keeping staff, students and visitors safe
- Intruder detection - preventing malicious damage to property and equipment
- Monitoring public areas
- Providing access control for restricted areas
Other aspects that may be considered security-related:
- Providing evidence to enforcement agencies
- Visitor and attendance information
- Cost management – linked to printers/photocopiers etc
With these broad objectives in mind, we can provide security solutions to schools and educational institutions to help with the above areas.