School update

by Mark Rowe

The Orion Primary School in north west London is part of a federation of two schools. In 2014, it moved to its current site, doubling in size to offer a four-form entry. The school continues to expand in its ‘Gold Star Primary Learning’ approach to its students.

The St Albans-based installer Amthal Fire & Security has updated the NW7 school’s intruder alarms and integrated CCTV and access control, which the firm says can be added to if the school adds new, often prefabricated, buildings on site. Internally, refuge alarms, disabled emergency control and fire safety systems have also been fitted.

Karen Hawkins, School Business Manager at the school, says: “With the continuing addition of new learning facilities across our site, we recognised that we needed to have measures in place to maintain integrated security. Amthal was able to offer an all-encompassing solution that could grow with us.

“The concept of just having one point of call is brilliant, as it means fire safety and security can be maintained and updated as and when required. This all adds to the smooth running of the school and means staff and pupils can make the most of the teaching and learning opportunities provided inside and outside the classroom, all in a safe and secure environment.”

Amthal says that it has been careful to balance security updates with ensuring a pleasant environment for the staff, pupils and visitors. The same is true for the nursery facilities on a different site, where Amthal also looks after the fire prevention and electronic security.

David Williamson, Account Manager at Amthal says: “Our aim is to ensure the teachers and all staff can focus purely on delivering the quest of the school without needing to be concerned about the safety or security of the site. By being the preferred supplier, it means as the facilities grow, we can work around learning timetables as and when required to design, install and maintain systems and solutions.”

About Amthal Fire & Security

Independently owned, Amthal offers design, installation, service and remote monitoring of electronic fire and security, including intruder, Fire, Access and CCTV systems. It’s accredited by the Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB) United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) and British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE); visit

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