Safety and Security at College Hall

The safety and security of students, staff and visitors on our site is of paramount importance to us. 

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)

College Hall PRU uses closed circuit television (CCTV) images to reduce crime and monitor the school buildings in order to provide a safe and secure environment for pupils, staff and visitors, and to prevent the loss of, or damage to school property. The introduction of, or changes to, CCTV monitoring will be subject to consultation with staff and the school community.

The system comprises a number of fixed and dome cameras. The system does not have sound recording capability. The CCTV system is owned and operated by the school, the deployment of which is determined by the school’s leadership team. 

The school’s CCTV Scheme is registered with the Information Commissioner under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998. The use of CCTV, and the associated images is covered by the Data Protection Act 1998. 

Our CCTV Policy can be found here.

Site Security Door Procedures

In order to protect pupils from unauthorised entrance to classes and the site, we have installed approved thumb turn locking devices on all internal doors.

The devices used have been approved by Berkshire Fire and Rescue and Bracknell Forest Council Health and Safety Department.

Doors can be opened from the inside without the use of a key and all doors have signs which indicate the direction of turn to release the lock to open the door. In addition, doors can be opened from the outside with keys and all staff carry such keys to open doors.

All staff are given instructions in door opening procedures on induction as part of fire safety training and refresher training is provided annually.

Lock-down Procedures

There are a wide variety of scenarios which may trigger this school’s lock down procedures. Some examples may include:

  • A reported incident in the school with the potential to pose a risk to staff and pupils
  • A reported incident/civil disturbance in the local community (with the potential to pose a risk to staff and pupils in the school)
  • An intruder on the school site (with the potential to pose a risk to staff and pupils)
  • A warning being received regarding a risk locally, of air pollution (smoke plume, gas cloud etc.)
  • A major fire in the vicinity of the school
  • The close proximity of a dangerous dog roaming loose or other dangerous animal

A copy of our procedures can be found here.