There is no model solution to problems with the security of school premises. Every school is different and its needs should be assessed accordingly. Type and condition of buildings, location and site layout are relevant but the human factor is paramount.
If there is no evidence or history in your school of a threat to the children, staff or valuables, you may conclude that security measures need not be extreme. The measures implemented should be proportionate to the perceived risk & certain standards should be regarded as minimum for every school:
- No person may enter the school buildings without your knowledge or consent
- DBS disclosures are checked for visitors/contractors with the following exceptions: visitors/ parents who have business with the head teacher, or other staff or who have brief contact with children will have a member of staff present; visitors or contractors who come on site only to carry out emergency repairs or service equipment and who would not be expected to be left unsupervised on school premises
- Children, parents and staff are not put at significant risk by being isolated from others
- There is an agreed and workable action plan to deal with any incident or threat
You are strongly urged to identify the problems relevant to your school before deciding on any additional measures. To help with this process we have produced a Security Risk Assessment. (Please see appendix F for a copy of the pro-forma.) You may find the exercise useful even though you have no specific plans to change existing arrangements.
We operate a security and alarm call out service for all properties. This is good value and worthy of consideration, particularly if your survey indicates that your premises are vulnerable to intruders. Please contact the NLC CCTV team for further advice in this regard.
In terms of personal safety, you should include a lone worker risk assessment, include the findings in your school’s Health and Safety Policy and ensure this is made known and available to all personnel.
More generally, measures to combat security threats depend so much on specific circumstances. Our advice is to identify the risks and then come to us for guidance on the best options if you need assistance. It does not necessarily involve extravagant expensive solutions. Please contact the Access (Capital and Buildings) Team for further advice.