Specialist schools enlist help from telecoms firm

A brand new, purpose built school for children with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties has opened in Bradford, complete with a telecommunications system which will ensure the safety of both teachers and learners.

Installed by Wakefield based NGC Networks at the state-of-the-art Oastler’s School in East Bowling, the telecoms system is completely secure and tamper-free, and is designed to meet the specialist needs of the school, where as many as 80 young people may soon attend each day.

Features include discreet rapid response buttons on classroom telephones which, in the event of an incident, link directly to reception and immediately alert the school’s behavioural response team.

A further element to the telecoms network is a tannoy feature, integrated into the telephone system, which can enable each learner to leave the school by taxi at the end of each day in a scheduled and efficient way.

Oastler’s is the first school of its type in the Bradford area and provides a welcoming, safe and secure environment for children between the ages of 11 and 18.

The 3,500 square metre facility features two main buildings, linked by an innovative covered play area.

Oastler’s assistant headteacher Robert Bashforth said:

“We gave NGC Networks an incredibly specific and challenging brief, as their recommendations would ultimately play a key role in ensuring the safety of both staff and learners.

“We’re delighted to say that from the outset, the NGC team responded to each of our requirements with solutions which, although still likely to evolve, we can say at this early stage, are working very well.”

NGC director Dean Harrop said:

“Our work with Oastler’s was very different to the type of projects we usually undertake, and we relished the challenge of finding systems which would address their specific needs.

“We’re delighted that the technology we have put in place is working well and providing the sense of security that is so important to everyone at Oastler’s.”

Oastler's School (2)
Oastler’s School in East Bowling

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