Scientia Academy, based in Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire is a two form entry school for children aged between 3 to 11. The school, which at full capacity will reach 430 children, has recently moved to new buildings that are well equipped with purpose built classrooms, an extensive library, art and craft rooms, as well as an outdoor play and learning environment.
Academies are publicly funded independent schools that are not managed by a local authority and are governed by a charitable academy trust. The trust’s board of directors, the head and the governors have more control over the budget, so consequently are more directly involved with specification decisions.
ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions was able to provide Architectural Ironmongers, Preece Burford with a full specification for securing and allowing access around the school, which included ASSA finger guards for 80 internal doors and Flexcore cylinders.
The finger guards will act as protective shields that will help to prevent the pupil’s fingers from being trapped in closing doors and the cylinders offer patent-protected security and the latest technology to ensure significant anti-pick resistance.
Steve Burford, Director at Preece Burford, said: “As a school governor myself I take great pride in specifying products that will be reliable and safe for use around children and ASSA’s products fit the bill.
“We recommend ASSA’s finger guards to all our primary school projects and we specified ASSA’s Flexcore cylinder as it is patent protected, so anybody requiring a new key cut has to provide identification and authorisation to the locksmith. This extra element of security appeals to head teachers who are safety conscious.”
Ian Chapman, Regional Manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, added: “We have a wide range of experience when it comes to supplying educational facilities and provide a range of value added services, such as CPDs and our latest BIM objects to assist in the specification process.
“We understand that products within educational establishments need to be robust to withstand heavy wear and tear, as well as visually appealing to create comfortable, friendly teaching and learning environments for both staff and pupils.
“Preece Burford are one of our Gold Vantage Partners and we are pleased that they continue to see how our products can help to create safe schools.
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