Ofsted put an 'Outstanding' school into special measures because they didn't have adequate perimeter fencing.
So that begs the question, are other elements of your school security, such as your Alarm System, up to scratch? And what are the Ofsted implications, if any?
Unfortunately, Ofsted's rules and regulations regarding school security aren't crystal clear.
While they publicly provide information on Safeguarding Children that covers everything from staff checks to bullying...
To make sure you don't fall foul of your legal obligations or risk being put into 'special measures', your school must 'Safeguard Children' both inside and outside the classroom.
And that includes keeping the bad guys out! Your security has to be up to scratch.
Follow this rule of thumb test to work out whether your Alarm System is up to scratch.
Your Alarm System should:
If you cannot guarantee all of the above - you may have a problem.
We've already discussed the dangers of getting your commercial security installed by an electrical contractor... and the repercussions a school in Essex faced after hiring a fireman to install their Emergency Lighting.
The take home message from both of those stories is: unless your installer or maintenance provider is NSI Gold accredited or equivalent, there is:
That puts the Responsible Person at risk of unlimited fines OR a prison sentence if the worst should happen. And your school could end up in special measures if Ofsted find out!
Even if you passed the Intruder Alarm rule of thumb test above, there may be other areas that could let you down during an inspection! After all, the case of the outstanding school referred to earlier only messed up on their perimeter fencing!
Read our school security guide to see whether you're in the clear or uncover areas you should be concerned about.