CCTV and access control specialist Delta Security has helped Essex-based Woodbridge High School to further enhance the safety of its pupils and staff.
Security has been improved following the installation of new swing gates, which automatically close and restrict access in the event of a lockdown situation. Lockdown, according to the National Counter Terror Security Office (NaCTSO), is a procedure designed to quickly restrict access to a site through physical measures in response to threat.
Redbridge Council has asked that all schools in the area put lockdown systems in place, and Woodbridge High School is one of the first in the area to have mobilised its system.
Frank Gordon, School Business Manager at Woodbridge High School, said: “No one enters the school without authorisation at the perimeter and registration at reception. Each year we build further layers of security, and in today’s climate it is especially important to ensure our perimeter is as secure as possible.”
Dave Mundy, Operations Director at Delta Security, added: “We have seen increased interest from central London schools, especially around transport hubs such as St Pancras and Liverpool Street for a while now, and more recently in schools further out from the City centre. It is an area that I am particularly interested in, and give talks to schools on options and best practice.”
Having worked with Woodbridge High School for approximately 10 years, Delta were a natural point of contact when Frank Gordon wanted to mobilise a lockdown procedure. Frank said: “Dave Mundy has extensive security knowledge and listens to our needs. He was therefore able to advise the best solution for us, and install within the school-holiday period to ensure minimal disruption.”
The lockdown system is designed so that the gates, situated at the school’s entrance, integrate with the existing access control and fob system. This enables school staff and visitors to access the site, but can be overridden and shut down by authorised school personnel if site lockdown is required. Lockdown is activated through a button situated in the school’s reception, at which point an alarm is also raised. The gates are fitted with a CAME Stylo automation, which is ideal for pedestrian gates. It also features a robust 24V self-locking motor that will stand up against intensive use.