At Ocean Academy, we take safeguarding and safety very seriously. It is important that we continue to review all our procedures, taking into account even those events that are very unlikely to occur. The law requires employers to take steps to reduce or eliminate health and safety-related risks, including security risks.
We have regular fire drills to ensure students and staff have a clear understanding of evacuation procedures should there be a fire in or around the building. Staff support the children to leave the building calmly and a register is taken to ensure everyone is accounted for. We only re enter the building once the ‘all clear’ has been given by the Principal or Assistant Principal. Emergency services would be called if needed.
What is a lockdown and when would we carry it out?
A lockdown procedure is a standard health and safety procedure, similar to a fire drill.
Our lockdown procedure would be used when there is a threat to the safety of pupils, staff and others in the school, and when it is safer for everyone to remain in school than evacuate. The aim is to keep people safe by confining them to a secure place of safety.
Situations where our lockdown procedure may be used include:
- A potentially dangerous person or animal on the school site
- A disturbance or dangerous situation in the local community that could affect the school
- A nearby chemical incident or other risk of air pollution
- An incident related to terrorism
The academy procedure document can be requested from the academy office. This procedure is carried out in a calm and sensitive way.
There are CCTV cameras around the perimeter of the outside of the academy building and in the school reception area and meeting room. These cameras record images only.
All internal gates are locked at all times. If they are opened (for example at the end of the day), they will be supervised by school staff.