Ramsden Primary School Case Study
Telephone Systems, Lockdown and CCTV
Ramsden Primary School is located in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. They have served the local community for over 180 years and are highly recommended within the area for their engaging curriculum and community values.
Shirley Gascoyne, school accountant, is very active on #SBLTwitter, as are Tel Group. From engaging frequently with Shirley on Twitter, she was aware of our services and good reputation among other schools, fueling the conversation between Ramsden and Tel Group.
Ramsden School were looking for a futureproof VoIP Telephone system to replace their outdated analogue lines ahead of the BT switch off.
They also wanted to look into the possibility of integrating this into a lockdown system, allowing them to broadcast important messages throughout the school.
Unfortunately they had been victim to a series of break ins and based on previous quotes from other suppliers, they couldn’t afford CCTV. They consequently had fake cameras around the school as a deterrent in the meantime.
During conversations with the team at Ramsden, we understood the extent of their security issues and were able to provide a solution. Due to the time needed on site to install the telephone system and lockdown system, it wouldn’t cost the school much more for us to install CCTV cameras simultaneously, beating all previous quotes on price.
“Strategically, we needed to prepare for the big BT switch off and ISBL approved supplier Tel Group ticked all boxes.”
After many conversations and a site visit, the Tel Group team drew up a fully integrated telephony and lockdown solution, combining speakers and CCTV cameras.
This futureproof system was then implemented and installed throughout the school and training was provided to ensure staff were confident using their new system.
“They promptly came out and gave us a very reasonable quote which enabled us not only to expand our telephone network, but introduce a comprehensive lockdown system with CCTV and Speakers.”
Their upgraded VoIP system not only reduced costs in comparison to their outdated analogue system, but enabled their capabilities to be widened with features such as Voicemail, Call Recording, and even Mobile App Integration which now allows staff to work from home effectively.
The bespoke Lockdown System with CCTV and Speakers includes cameras with a two way audio, meaning the SLT can not only see areas of the school, but converse with any individuals in the area too. This supports their intruder lockdown procedure if a specific message needed to be sent to only one area. Plus, all of this can be accessed remotely, giving them 24/7 efficiency.
“Our new system can route the school number to an app on our mobiles and we can also check our CCTV cameras via an app whilst working from home.
I am so pleased we chose Tel Group, their advice was spot on and we now have a futureproof system in place to give us the assurances we needed to keep our children safe.”
– Shirley Gascoyne – School Accountant
Catherine Garrett – School Business Manager
I would like to say a big thank you to Tel Group for the excellent service they have provided. To be honest I was apprehensive about such a big project being undertaken and the impact it would have if things went wrong.
How wrong could I have been, the Engineers worked with us and were more than understanding and arranged to complete the majority of the work over the weekend to minimise disruption to the school.
We had to have two visits when the children were in school and the Engineers who attended seemed more like our own staff than outsiders and they managed to complete the work required with no problem what so ever.
I had to contact Kieran during the school holidays as the local police wanted to view our CCTV footage he managed to obtain the information the Police needed which seemed no problem to him at all.
I would highly recommend Tel Group, they are courteous, understanding and give an excellent customer care service. Please pass on my thanks to all concerned.
Shirley Gascoyne – School Accountant
Strategically, we needed to prepare for the big BT switch off and Institute of School Business Leadership approved supplier Tel Group ticked all boxes.
They promptly came out and gave us a very reasonable quote which enabled us not only to expand our current telephone network, but also provide a comprehensive lockdown system with CCTV and Speakers.
Our new system can also route the school number to an app on our mobiles whilst working from home and we can also check our CCTV cameras via an app.
We will now not only save money with internet calls but also time with all voicemail messages being emailed.
I am so pleased we chose Tel Group, their advice was spot on and we now have a futureproof system in place to give us the assurances we needed to keep our children safe.
Thank you to all the team at Tel Group – you have made our school a safer place.