From a security perspective, especially considering the safeguarding legislation around children, we know who is in the building and when they have accessed the site. It works really well for us!
The first outstanding UK Academy
The Academy which was formed in September 2010 was the first outstanding converted academy in the UK. Prior to the biometric access control system they were using standard keys. At TPA there are around 120 members of staff and 800 children aged between 2 and 11 years old.
Bringing school security up-to-date
“We decided to install the fingerprint readers as it is more difficult to lose your thumb than it is a key. We were interested in the ability to allocate free access time frames and to lock doors remotely. The possibility of pre-setting the doors to be opened or closed benefits us enormously. From a security perspective, especially considering the safeguarding legislation around children, we know who is in the building and when they have accessed the site. It works really well for us!”
Why have you chosen a Biometric Access Control system?
The biometric system is the best way to secure our premises, it is incredibly efficient and effective, and crucially gives us full control of the site from a PC! An additional benefit is that when a member of staff leaves the organisation there’s no issue retrieving keys as there is none. The software is simple to use and it’s just a case of deleting a profile.
Who have you enrolled in the software?
We decided to enrol some of the children on the system to enable them to have access to rooms where peripatetic teachers give lessons. With this system in place the peripatetic teachers no longer need to supervise the collection or drop off of children. And the children can only access certain areas during prearranged time slots via programmed doors. It sounds complicated but it isn’t! It took me about 20 minutes to learn the whole system.”
How do you keep an eye on the access?
Every Monday morning, we print out a list with anyone who has been in the school over the weekend as all our teachers have free access, however if there are any irregularities, we can speak directly to the person. Since we have had the biometric system in place we have been alerted when unknown access is attempted. We can then look at our CCTV and review who is onsite and where they are trying to enter the building. Prior to the install of the biometrics and CCTV I would not have believed how busy a school site can be at weekends!