Excelsior Academy case study

IP-Surveillance from Axis creates secure environment for joint school venture. Axis network cameras help new city academy modify pupil behaviour.

Newcastle-based Excelsior Academy is a new concept in secondary education. It is made up of four individual secondary schools and a sixth form college, and pupils share certain communal areas within the academy. When it was in its planning stages there was some concern over how pupils from each of the schools would interact with each other in the shared areas. With vandalism also a problem in many of today’s secondary schools, the academy was keen to ensure the safety and security of its staff and pupils at all times.

The academy initially considered deploying an analog CCTV system to secure its public and communal areas. However, on the advice of security installer and Axis partner, 2020 Vision Technology, it was decided that an IP-based surveillance system would best suit the academy’s needs; this would enable images to be shared across the network and offer excellent image quality and usability. 2020 Vision Technology deployed AXIS 216FD Network Cameras in many of the academy’s shared areas. In the event of an incident, the academy’s staff can log on to the network to view the footage and get a clear view of what has taken place and who was responsible.

The IP-based surveillance system has helped completely modify the pupils’ behavior at the academy. There are now very few incidents of vandalism or disruptive behavior and when they do occur, the academy has the evidence it needs to address the situation with the individuals responsible. The surveillance system has delivered a clear return on investment, creating a safe and secure environment for both staff and pupils.

“Without doubt the camera presence has helped modify behavior in the school and helps create a safe environment for all staff and pupils. Although difficult to quantify we have definitely received an excellent return on investment from our surveillance equipment by preventing a lot of unnecessary damage and inconvenience.”
Peter Snowdon, Business Manager, Excelsior Academy.

Excelsior Academy is an exciting new concept in secondary education situated in the West End of Newcastle. With a model that is the first of its kind in the UK, the academy will play a major role in the regeneration of the West End of the city. It is made up of five ‘schools within a school’ and delivers education and learning opportunities to a capacity of 1,800 students aged 11-18. Excelsior Academy is committed to providing the best possible learning opportunities for all students through high quality teaching and a wide curriculum. It is also committed to offering a safe and secure environment for its staff and pupils.


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