Amthal is working in partnership with Frank Cooper & Son across a number of school security programmes to ensure that perimeter protection installations exceed Ofsted standards.
With security always being a vital ingredient for any school or college in protecting its students, staff and visitors, its additional inclusion in Ofsted inspections is now leading many schools to review current standards.
Simon Cooper of Frank Cooper & Son stated: “On a basic level, Ofsted inspectors need school managers to demonstrate they have taken reasonable steps to ensure pupils are safe on the site. This is right from the site boundaries to monitoring visitors or volunteers as well as having adequate security arrangements for the grounds and school buildings.”
Cooper continued: “We have worked with Amthal for many years, focusing on supporting schools by helping and advising on the best security strategies to ensure Ofsted expectations are passed. In doing so, we provide vital assurances that school security does not need to make a given premises feel prison-like. Bespoke and often colourful perimeter protection solutions can be created to protect essential learning environments.”
Initial design to installation
Amthal works with Frank Cooper & Son right from the initial design process through to installation, operating around learning timetables to ensure minimal disruption to school routines and following up with essential maintenance and monitoring services.
CCTV and access control can also be used to direct those entering and exiting a school and monitor pedestrian movement more efficiently. This can reduce the risk of crime in the school environment.
Jamie Allam, CEO of Amthal Fire and Security, said: “School grounds protected by secure perimeters and good access control and surveillance systems are the foundation of a healthy learning environment, supported by alertness and a coherent awareness of risk management.”
He went on to state: “It’s why we choose to work in partnership with specialists such as Frank Cooper & Son. This ensures that schools pass their Ofsted inspections with flying colours. It is really all about offering a well-maintained system that complies with building safety regulations. That enables a school to honour its Duty of Care when it comes to providing peace of mind for staff, pupils, parents and visitors on an ongoing basis.”