Physical Security

School locks upgraded

by Mark Rowe

A south-east London primary school has upgraded its security by creating a bespoke master key for key control. Woodhill Primary School, in Woolwich, had relied on a mix of smaller master key systems, which resulted in wasted time alongside difficult supply chains to replace keys and locks.

Blackheath Locksmiths introduced the concept of an all-encompassing master key suite based on Mul-T-Lock’s Integrator, which the firms reports reduces the number of keys required. Blackheath were able to supply and install locks and keys, which can all be operated by one double entry master key. The school’s security managers are continuing to work with the local Mul-T-Lock dealer so the complete school is operated on the same master key system, on completion of the expansion works.

James Ryan at Woodhill says: “The security of Woodhill Primary School is integral to the every day workings of the facility. But previously, we had been operating an old security system with many variants of keys. When Blackheath Locksmiths recommended a solution with the capability of just one unique master key, it sounded ideal.

“Now, only certain members of personnel have access to the master key and we are able to control access as and when needed. It also really helps with key control; by example, if teachers lose a key, they have to inform us so that can we request a copy from Blackheath Locksmiths who always respond quickly, as required. This all adds to increased efficiencies and more importantly peace of mind for the school today, and for years to come.”

Mul-T-Lock says that its patented Integrator master key has been designed for places like schools that require comprehensive yet cost-effective locking, which can be installed to external and internal doors. According to the makers, it offers a high level of tamper resistance for a variety of locking applications.

The Mul-T-Lock Integrator key system installed is supported by a security protocol, which requires authorisation from the school to be presented to Blackheath Locksmiths before more keys can be produced.

Richard Jackson of Blackheath Locksmiths added: “For Woodhill Primary School we created a master key system on the Integrator platform to provide high quality protection. It has also been designed to be flexible and accommodate new facilities as and when they are completed. With the additional assurance of patent protection, the security upgrade solves the significant key management issues James had faced previously, and, should an incident or key loss occur, he can rely on us to quickly rectify the situation.”

Steve Ross, Managing Director of Mul-T-Lock added: “What Blackheath Locksmiths has demonstrated is that by utilising the services of a professional locksmith, Woodhill Primary School had the advantage of an expert in the field, available to survey the premises and develop a bespoke Mul-T-Lock solution that takes into account the need to add on door entry points and continue to provide a high security solution for the entire school premises.”

For further information on Mul-T-Lock’s Integrator range and the products available from Mul-T-Lock, contact [email protected] or visit

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