In the event of an emergency incident that requires the College to Lockdown, all staff and students have been briefed and trained on what to do. Lockdown procedures could be used in response to an internal or external incident which could be a threat to the safety of everyone in College.
Lockdown procedures may be activated in response to any number of situations such as:
- A reported incident, disturbance in the local community
- An intruder on the site
- A warning being received regarding a local risk of air pollution (smoke plume, gas cloud etc.)
- A major fire in the vicinity of the College.
It’s important to note that the College cannot plan for every eventuality and staff and students are advised that common sense must prevail if they find themselves in a situation not covered by our procedures.
The Lockdown procedure is summarised below:
On hearing the Lockdown signal, staff and students should, where possible:
- Lock or block classroom and office doors to prevent access
- If classroom or office doors have glass viewing panels, staff and students should either hide out of sight or find something to cover the panels with
- If blinds are fitted, they should be closed
- Students are instructed to switch off mobile phones as quickly as possible
- Students and staff are instructed to remain out of view, as low down as possible and wait in silence
- Students who are in corridors or en route to other teaching areas when the Lockdown alarm is sounded, should make their way to the nearest supervised teaching space or safe place and the Senior Leadership Team and other duty staff will monitor break and lunch periods as appropriate.
- Staff are sent messages via mobile telephones to keep them updated on the situation so that when they hear the signal that everything is OK, they can inform students about what has happened and tell them anything else they need to know. If necessary assemblies will be held to debrief all staff and students.
- Parents will receive two text messages from the College. The first one will tell them that the Lockdown procedure has been instigated. This is sent with the intention of keeping you informed. Parents should not try to contact the College because there will be no staff to answer telephones as they will all be in hiding. Parents should not attend the College grounds. Access will not be granted and they risk putting themselves and others in danger by doing so. The second text message will inform parents that the Lockdown has ended.
- If necessary, letters will be sent home to parents to let them know the details of what happened.
We trust this information is useful to you but if you do have any questions or queries about the procedure, please contact us on the main College number.