School Lockdown Plans
All schools should consider the need for robust and tested school lockdown procedures. Lockdown procedures should be seen as a sensible and proportionate response to any external or internal incident which has the potential to pose a threat to the safety of staff and pupils in the school.
Procedures should aim to minimise disruption to the learning environment whilst ensuring the safety of all pupils, staff and visitors.
It is recommended to identify on a map those rooms most suitable for lockdown situations and which entrances need to be locked. Any confusion as to where staff and pupils will congregate could lead to them making themselves more vulnerable to an intruder or threat. These maps should be placed in each classroom and main area within the school.
If pupils are outside when the lockdown alarm is raised it may be more appropriate to take them to the nearest building that can be secured, or even tell them to hide or disperse if this will aid their safety.
Lockdown procedures may be activated in response to any number of situations, but some of the more typical ones may include:
- A reported incident or civil disturbance in the local community which potentially poses a risk to the school community.
- An intruder on the school site with the potential to pose a risk to pupils, staff and visitors.
- A warning being received regarding a local risk of air pollution (e.g. smoke plume, gas cloud).
- A major fire in the vicinity of the school.
- The close proximity of a dangerous dog roaming loose.
Our plans are designed to support your existing lockdown procedures that you may already have in place. They include clear information on what to do on the initial “Lockdown” alert and any subsequent “Full Lockdown” alert.
A clear plan of the school showing external access points, external and internal doors which will need to be locked, depending upon the threat level to secure and ensure the safety of pupils and staff.