Brighton Hill Community School

38. Security Policy

Information & Policies

Published on - 01-12-2016

Policy Statement
The Governors recognise and accept their responsibilities to provide a safe and secure environment for students, staff or visitors to Brighton Hill Community School.  The premise security procedures will operate within the framework described in this policy.

The responsible manager for the application of this policy is the Headteacher.  The legal obligation on the Local Authority and on the school’s Governors is to provide an environment that is, so far as is reasonably practical, both safe and secure.  The Governors will provide staff with enough resources, information and training to implement the security procedures.
The Governors will, where appropriate, be informed of breaches and failures of the policy to enable them to take any corrective action as is necessary to ensure the safety of members of the
school community.

All staff have a statutory obligation to co-operate with the requirements of this policy.

Aims & Objectives

Our security policy requirements will be achieved by:

Scope

This policy covers the following areas:

Responsible Manager 

The Governors/Senior Leadership Team will:

The Headteacher will:

All staff will:

Governors/Senior Leadership Team will periodically review the premises security policy.
Governors/Senior Leadership Team will delegate the day to day implementation of the policy to the Site Manager


Students will:

Students, parents/carers, and visitors will:

Arrangements

Controlled access and egress during the school day

Controlled access is a combination of measures to ensure that the risk to students and staff from unauthorised visitors is minimised.

The extent of physical controls, such as gates, fences and traffic barriers, has been decided by a robust security risk assessment of the site/premises, taking into account the risk presented by visitors/general public/contractors.  The security measures put into place at Brighton Hill Community School have taken into account the need to balance the need to remain a welcoming environment whilst ensuring the best possible safety of all our students and staff.

Buildings and grounds

Brighton Hill Community School will take all reasonable efforts to control access to the building and grounds to prevent unauthorised access to students and ensure the personal safety of staff.
The access control procedures for the building/s are:

The following areas/grounds are accessible by the public but the risk is controlled with our site supervision arrangements and how Brighton Hill Community School deals with visitors.

The access arrangements for the grounds are-

Control of visitors

The control of visitors is a fundamental part of our site security policy for the safeguarding of both people and property.

Our policy is that –

Supervision of students

Brighton Hill Community School overall safeguarding strategy requires that at times the security of students is achieved by competent supervision by authorised staff.

Times of the day when supervision is part of our safeguarding procedures:

Co-operation with third parties, extended services and community groups

Our site security arrangements have taken into account the third parties who use the building or grounds.  In most circumstances the arrangements for the site will be equally applicable for the third parties involved.  Below are the additional security measures that apply to the groups listed.

Community use/extended school activities – as a designated Community school, community groups may use facilities at all times.  Risk assessments as part of induction arrangements are carried out.  No hirer will be allowed to use the school facilities unless they fully comply with the relevant risk assessments and hire agreement.  Visitors in unauthorised locations will be challenged by staff. 


Supervision of contractors

Contractors and maintenance personnel will not always have been DBS checked; therefore they should not have unsupervised access to students.  We only use Hampshire County Council approved contractors and they will be controlled as follows :

Lone workers

Our school has lone working risk assessment/s in place and procedures for staff where there is a security risk due to the need to work alone (minimal);  staff at high risk will receive appropriate training.

Physical security measures

The Governing Body will consider the need to use physical measures such as fencing and electronic access controls and CCTV to ensure the safety of staff and students.  They will review the provision of physical security measures on a regular basis in the form of a security risk assessment.

The risk assessment will take into account:

Where justified and by consideration of the risk the Governing Body will ensure that physical security measures are installed.  Where physical controls are not justified the Governing Body will ensure that other controls are implemented by the school to ensure the safety of staff and students.

Where electronic controls are installed, for example alarm systems, they will be maintained according to the manufactures specifications.

SECURITY OF THE BUILDING

Unlocking and locking arrangements

The site will be unlocked daily at 4.50am, and 8am on Saturday.  This will be the responsibility of the site staff team.  Daily locking of the building entry doors will be performed by the site staff team.  The normal hours for public access to the buildings will be from 7am until 9.30pm.
Although once staff leave the premises by 6pm each evening, the external blocks will be locked up.  Only the main building will remain open.


Emergency call outs

If a key holder is contacted as a result of a “Person Present”, they will first check the outside the building for evidence of intrusion.  If necessary, additional key holders should be contacted for support.   Police call out procedures are linked to “The Alarming Company”.

 
Cash handling

Staff should avoid keeping cash on the premises whenever possible.  Safes should be used and kept locked.  Staff should avoid handling cash in visible areas; any money requiring banking should be carried out at irregular times, particularly where substantial sums are involved.  The School employs a cash collection company to collect banking on a weekly basis. All valuables should be kept in the safe at the end of each working day including student possessions.


Vehicle movement

A section of the “main car park” is allocated for staff but the remainder is available to visitors, taxis and contractors. 

Personal property

Personal property will remain the responsibility of its owner.  This includes both staff and student’s personal property.  Both are discouraged from bringing any valuable personal property to Brighton Hill Community School.
Lost property should be handed to the welfare office where it will be kept for 6 weeks before disposal.

Staff and pupil involvement

Everyone should be reminded it is their responsibility to prevent crime including:

      They will be told:

Risk assessment

A security risk assessment will be completed and reviewed annually (or earlier if deemed necessary).  The findings will be used in the review of this security policy and shared with staff as required.


Last Ratified:   27 January 2015

Date Reviewed: 10 October 2016

Next review: October 2017