Security and fire safety in educational buildings is an emotive issue. Whether it’s a nursery, primary or secondary school, academy, free school, special school, pupil referral unit, or any other kind of educational environment, stakeholders (teaching staff, governors and parents alike) want to be assured that learners will be safe and will benefit from an atmosphere of security and trust.
With school safety concerns intensifying in more recent years, it is important to collaborate on a school fire safety and security strategy to achieve a system that has the optimum balance of being highly safe and secure, yet unobtrusive. The learning environment has been shown to have a dramatic effect on student outcomes, so while it is paramount that security and fire safety is ensured as part of any safeguarding agenda, it is also critical to maintain an environment that is conducive to learning.
With site security considered as part of OFSTED reporting*, fire safety and security is essential to the reputation and effective running of an educational environment.
It’s not only an increased focus on school safety that presents a challenge to education facilities managers and decision makers, but also that learning facilities are opening for longer and for wider community use.
The extended schools programme is designed to provide a range of activities and services outside of the normal school day, to better ‘help meet the needs of its pupils, their families and the wider community’. While this is highly beneficial to a learning environment’s local community, it presents the challenge of longer opening times, and a broader group of people accessing school property. All this calls for the implementation of an effective, round-the-clock school fire and security safety strategy.
IPMSL and school security and fire safety
IPMSL can take care of your fire and security considerations from the perimeter and the site boundaries through to all internal areas. Site surveys and planning works can be carried out around established learning timetables to minimise disruption to learning. We appreciate the strict need to remain within limited budgets and resources, and work with those responsible for school buildings to deliver on systems that are both fit for purpose and within budget.
Our approach means that bespoke requirements can be catered for, with additions available such as refuge alarms or disabled emergency controls. Aesthetics can also be taken into account, such as in some of our heritage or listed school buildings, where an effective system can be designed which is sympathetic to the aesthetics of the building.
IPMSL’s experience in schools demonstrates our ability to partner with leadership teams, whether it be to maintain intruder alarms to the highest standards or for full specification upgrades, incorporating smart technology to continue protection of an evolving learning environment. We have experience in providing systems that can integrate with existing infrastructure, which is particularly important in older school buildings. Solutions can also be scaled as an educational facility expands across campus. You can find more of our education case studies here.
Does your education facility’s security and fire safety systems make the grade?
For support with your school or learning facility’s fire and security requirements, to ask us a question, or to book a free no-obligation site survey please phone free on 01675 430005, complete our contact form, or email us.
You can read more about the groups latest work in the education sector here.
*Inspectors do not have expectations around security particulars, but “expect risks to be properly considered and managed”. A trusted partner can help you achieve this.
Education Case Studies
Presenting our latest works with learning environments, including schools and universities across the UK. Click the images below to find out more about each project.Learn more