Despite the ‘private’ status of a school, it will almost certainly enjoy a regular flow of visitors ranging from suppliers and service providers to guests and parents. The ‘open door’ policy of a school makes it a prime target for access abuse, so anyone from disgruntled ex students or an angry parent, to a seasoned trespasser or someone with express criminal intentions, is potentially able to infiltrate the premises.
To manage the above a well thought out access control strategy is imperative. Generally speaking most schools (and nurseries) will require segregated access to the main reception from the car park, at which point all visitors are vetted and their reason for wanting to gain entry qualified prior to being granted access to the site. In the interest of safety, all access controls must work in conjunction with any fire alarm installation to ensure a speedy evacuation of the site when required.
Pedestrian gates at schools:
Pedestrian gates should be of a framed design and employ galvanised adjustable hinges and fixings mounted behind the attack face. On outward opening gates, where the hinges/brace is mounted on the attack face, fixings should be of a galvanised ‘blind’ coach bolt design. All pedestrian gates should be fitted with locks and fixing features should match that of the fence.
- Additional secondary entrances should only be available at arrival and departure times and the entrance gates locked between these times
- When the school and associated buildings are closed and unoccupied, all entrance gates onto the site must be locked
- During partial occupation, for example by staff, the community, or cleaners, security of the gates should be managed appropriately
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Vehicular school gates:
Vehicular gates should be inward opening, of substantial framed construction, and employ galvanised adjustable hinges. They should be fitted with a galvanised drop bolts and a facility for padlocking (manual gates) or electro-mechanical locking (automated gates) which employ mechanical/electro-mechanical devices as applicable to hold gate leaves in the open position. The gate design and fixing features should match that of the fence.
Where automated gates are used, ensure they are CE marked and compliant with EU Directive 2006/42/EC; as important, the gates should be installed by Gate Safe Aware installers and maintained regularly for safe, reliable operation. It’s worth noting that since January 2010, eight automated gate accidents involving children have been reported in the UK, two of which were fatalities while the remainder resulted in children being trapped by the gates. Two of these incidents occurred in schools.
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Access control for schools
- Limited access points allow school staff to monitor comings and goings; factoring in vehicle access and pupil movement patterns at different times of day can make the space safer and more effective.
Design of school gates
- The gate design and fixing features should match that of the adjacent fence.
- It should not be possible to lift the gate from its hinges, and the hinges and lock should be protected in such a way as to prevent their use as climbing aids.
- Care should also be taken in the design to ensure that cross sections do not inadvertently aid climbing.
- It should not be possible to pass under the gate when it is in the closed position.
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