The Castle School

Specialist electrical integration from BAC Fire & Security Ltd

Case Study - The Castle School

Sites - Main School Campus, 6th Form Campus

Multiple System Installation - Fire Alarm System/Intruder Alarm/CCTV System

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The Castle School in Thornbury not only has a well-established record of achieving excellent exam results but also holds a deserved
reputation for delivering quality education in an environment that recognises and nurtures individual talent, gaining the most from
each pupil.

Pete Morland (Estates Lead for CSET Schools) contacted BAC who arranged a consultation. Once BAC had discussed the schools needs
and completed full site surveys, the School was provided with suitable solutions which would provide the School with comprehensive
Fire detection and an enhanced level of security across the two campuses.

‘Working with BAC has made the organisation easy to manage, saving money and management of time, very successful!’

BAC installed multiple systems spanning the Castle Schools various sites. The Fire Alarm
system offers detection throughout the buildings and provides audible and visual notification
for anyone hard of hearing through a network of sounders and strobes.
This system has also been linked to the Schools class change bells utilising the new intelligent Fire panels
and negating the need for a separate class Change system. In using existing equipment and
Configuring the new system additional functions this has saved the school thousands that would have
Otherwise needed to have been spent on a separate class change system.

‘BAC have been our provider of choice for years now, we have no intention of changing’

All BAC Fire Alarms are designed and installed to meet all current UK standards, this affords The Castle school with the peace of mind
that comes with knowing your schools sites are fully compliant.

On completing the systems full user training was provided to the onsite maintenance team allowing them to manage false alarms and perform their weekly and monthly tests with ease.

BAC forge strong working relationships with customers and endeavour to assist Schools in managing their own system as much as possible, this means that they only call out an engineer when absolutely necessary protecting the maintenance budget from unnecessary call out costs whenever possible.

‘The engineer’s expertise and the quality of works done have always reassured us that we made the right decision choosing BAC’

In addition to the Fire Safety systems, BAC also designed and installed a bespoke Intruder Alarm system for the sites. The systems provides intruder detection throughout the School and 6th Form centre. Detection is comprised of the latest Passive Infra-red units as well as a mixture of door contacts and shock sensors, the result being full perimeter protection as well as additional provisions in high risk areas.

Full Access control systems were also installed, restricting unauthorised access to certain areas of both sites.

The Schools security is complimented by
a full HD CCTV system providing excellent
coverage of the sites and subsequently
increasing staff and pupil security.
The Schools systems are also linked to a
24 hour Alarm receiving centre (ARC)
who in the event of any alarm activation
will despatch assistance and where
required the emergency services.

The Castle School went on to ask BAC to provide an ongoing maintenance schedule for all systems. The planned preventative maintenance for the Fire and Security systems of a school this size can take weeks, so to minimise disruption our Service team work with the school to ensure that the bulk of intrusive work is completed around the school day and wherever possible within holidays or in-service days.

BAC always endeavour to send the same engineers, meaning that those attending really know the site inside and out. The Castle staff
have become familiar with all members of our teams making the working relationship stronger and nurturing a culture of trust. 

BAC believes in supporting our School customers wherever
possible. In the case of The Castle School, BAC offer
assistance with Students of all ages providing the opportunity
of interaction with an established company through mock
interviews and work experience. This helps them develop
the skills and experience that future employers look for.

‘We are extremely grateful for the support and commitment BAC have given and look forward to our continuing partnership’

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