I am writing to inform you of the Tabor Academy’s Lockdown Drill which took place on Friday 15th March 2019 at 9.40am.
Lockdown Procedures are similar to fire drill procedures, which we also practice.
It is essential we carry out this drill, so that in the case of a real emergency situation, staff are fully rehearsed in their responsibilities and duties, and in order to identify any potential areas for improvement.
This is now part of Keeping Children Safe in Education by the DfE.
The Tabor Academy’s Lockdown Procedure will come into effect in the following circumstances:
- In the event that an unauthorised person(s) considered dangerous, are on school
- In instances, including domestic breakdowns, where estranged parties are attempting to abduct pupils.
- In instances where personnel, pupils, volunteers or staff become a threat to the wellbeing of
- In emergency situations where there is a risk from poisonous fumes or a chemical spillage.
- If a dangerous animal is on the
- In an extreme weather event causing the pupils to be at
Staff members remained calm at all times, so that pupils did not get distressed. The drill process was explained to pupils beforehand. We hope the Lockdown Procedure will never have to be used, but need to ensure we are fully prepared for all situations .
During a lockdown, staff members keep pupils indoors for a period of time, rather than use outdoor areas, open spaces or corridors. The drill was timed to ensure it caused the least possible disruption to pupils’ learning, whilst providing a test of the lockdown procedures.
Thank you for your co-operation in this matter. Yours sincerely,
Mrs S Speller