Fire & Security Systems for Schools

Over 25 years experience installing & maintaining fire alarms, security systems, CCTV and Access Control for Schools across the UK

BAFE Registered & Third Party Accredited, SSAIB & CHAS Accredited Contractors.

As the person responsible for the safety of your pupils and premises, it can sometimes be difficult to stay up to date with all the regulatory information available to you. SS Systems can work with you to help clarify your obligations as a school and advise on how to ensure your fire and security systems remain compliant and work for the school.

Our qualified surveyors and engineers design, supply, install, commission, and service high-quality fire alarms, security systems, CCTV and access control for schools, colleges and universities throughout the UK.

SS Systems is a Yorkshire based designing and installing security systems, CCTV, fire extinguisher, and fire alarm for Schools. With over 10 years’ experience of working with security systems and fire alarm for schools and colleges. We can provide schools and colleges with complete peace of mind offering installation, maintenance, servicing of fire alarms, security systems, video surveillance (CCTV) and access control, working within with their budget and timetable.

We install and service security systems, CCTV, access control and fire alarm for schools around our local area. Installing and servicing private schools, academies, public schools, high schools, primary schools, faith schools, free schools, boarding schools, colleges and universities.

When we first come out to see you we will survey your school or college. As a third party accredited installer security system or fire alarm for schools or college (which means we are authorised not only to install but check that systems installed by other companies are to standard) you can be assured that the survey will be thorough.

Our fully trained, accredited staff will understand your premises, security and budget need in order to design the right CCTV, security systems and fire alarm for your school or college.

Based in South Yorkshire, the areas of Derbyshire, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire are easily accessible, though we do offer a nationwide service. SS Systems offers a 24/7 365 days service response, with multi-skilled engineers.

Fire alarm for Schools

Children are our future, so when it comes to their safety, parents, guardians, and adults have a duty to protect them. Once children are on school property, their safety and well-being become the responsibility of the school staff, governors and headteachers.

According to a document on school fire alarms, the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) says “over 1300 school fires a year in England and Wales are attended by local authority Fire and Rescue Services. Around 60% of these are started deliberately…. While the primary concern is for the safety of the users of school buildings, a fire can have a serious impact on children’s education due to disruption and loss of coursework.

The short-term effects of loss of facilities and equipment can be calculated, but the longer-term effects of loss of coursework, disruption of classes and lowering of morale are much harder to quantify. It is clear that a major fire is likely to disrupt a child’s education for many months and could mean postponing tests and exams”

The Department for Children, Schools and Families says that a school’s objectives for primary and high school fire alarm protection should include:

  • Minimising the effects of fire on the operation of the school (primarily, teaching)
  • Limiting the effects of interruption to operation of the school
  • Seeking to have the school operational within 24 hours; and
  • Protecting the buildings

Click here to read the full report on school fire alarms

Government guidance on School fire safety and fire alarms in new and existing school buildings

The article provides information to school staff, governors and school fire alarm designers and installers about the basic requirements with fire alarm for school. The guidance shows various design approaches for complying with and meeting the different fire safety needs and fire alarm for schools.

According to government estimates (CLG), “the average annual cost of school fires 2000-2004 was £58 million per year.” And “In secondary schools where fires are a frequent occurrence, 43% report a fire occurring in one year with the average loss being £100,000.”

In reality, the true cost of school fires is more than likely to be higher. As the extra costs, will include:

  • Hiring temporary accommodation during the rebuild.
  • Additional costs if pupils need to be transported to another school site.
  • Loss of teaching aids.
  • Loss of materials pupils work with, eg workbooks, paper and technology material
  • Loss of personal items owned by pupils and staff.
  • Loss of facilities for the community, eg, for Scouts, Guides, sports and evening classes
  • Additional costs from insurers requiring more security to prevent repeat incidents.

Need a Security System or Fire Alarm for Your Schools?

Whether you require a whole new school fire alarm system or you need a school fire alarm system to work side by side with an existing school fire alarm we can help. We are a “one-stop shop” as we can also offer the security systems, CCTV and access control.

There is funding available with fire alarms for schools with the Government through the condition improvement funding (CIF) for academies and sixth-form colleges. Click here for the CIF page

School Security Systems

The Department of Education says that “Schools need to have appropriate security measures in place to create a safe environment for staff and students and protect school property. A variety of approaches are needed for implementation of effective security. Security breaches and associated vandalism, arson and theft in schools severely disrupts the normal daily routine of schools, and often results in the loss of valuable and irreplaceable personal resources, teaching materials and students’ work.”

There are simple, relatively low-cost ways to prevent and minimize damage in the event of a criminal event.

School Security Alarms

We at SS Systems know your school or college is not the same as every other business, which is why we offer fully custom solutions. Our trained and experienced security engineers will work with you to design and install a unique solution to fit your needs.

We design install and maintain alarm systems for schools and colleges in the local area. Our alarm systems are connected to remote monitoring stations and remain fully integrated into access control, intercom and CCTV systems.

CCTV Cameras for schools

CCTV in Schools for surveillance and as a deterrent can work well, especially if they are linked to other systems such as access control. They can be linked to recording devices and can provide evidence in the event of a criminal act.

Fire alarm for schools procedure

Rehearsals and training are a legal requirement with fire alarm for schools and are intended to ensure pupils and staff are kept safe in the event of a fire. It is the responsibility of the headteacher and governing body to ensure that fire evacuation drills are carried out. A fire drill should be taken once per term.

Taking regular school fire alarm rehearsals will help in:

  • Evacuating the buildings in an orderly, calm and is achieved quickly as possible.
  • Escape routes are used in accordance with the action plan.
  • Designated fire staff carry out their tasks check that the building has been evacuated and the.
  • That everyone is accounted for in a designated area as quickly as possible.

Fire alarm for schools action plan must consider the following points:

  • The current school fire alarm
  • How is the Fire Service informed
  • The evacuation procedure
  • Where is the pupils and staff to assembly
  • The roll call
  • Information the Fire Service will want to know
  • The number of fire evacuation drills taken in a year
  • Staff training
  • Record keeping of Fire Alarms
  • Servicing and maintaining the fire alarm

It must be made clear to everyone that when a fire is discovered that without hesitation the alarm is raised by operating the nearest fire alarm call point and any suspected fire no matter how small should be reported immediately to the Fire Service

When the fire alarm is heard the pupils must be instructed to leave the building as quickly and calmly as possible. Every teacher ensures the classroom is cleared and a designated person performs one last check. Arrangements should be made for staff and pupils with disabilities to ensure that they are assisted during an evacuation.

During an evacuation, it should be clarified that:

  • No running or pushing is to be permitted.
  • Overtaking of classes or individuals must not be permitted.
  • Lifts must not be used.
  • No one must be allowed to re-enter the building until told to do so by the senior person in charge.

The assembly point should be clearly marked to aid in a quick roll call and must be far enough away from from the school premises. At the assembly point, there needs to be a responsible person to ensure that all pupils, staff and visitors have been accounted for and any that is not that the fire service is informed upon arrival.

The information the Fire Service will need to know:

  • Is everyone accounted for?
  • If anyone is missing: How many and if possible what is their usual location or where were they last seen?
  • Where is the fire located?
  • Are there any hazardous substances involved in the fire

Any attempt to made to fight a fire should be:

  • Secondary to life.
  • done by trained individuals in the use of firefighting equipment employed in the premises.

Schools with multiple sites where the school fire alarm is not linked must have a procedure to contact other buildings.


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