When we think of education, we usually think of ‘schools’ – primary schools, secondary schools, 6th form colleges and universities.

However, the education sector also includes adult education facilities, apprenticeship providers, vocational qualification providers, teleconference facilities and colleges. The education sector serves people of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, including 9 million school pupils, 2.75 million university students and 875,000 adult learners.


Common Risks Within Education

Increased risk of fire

In the event of a fire, educational institutions are at increased risk due to their complex floorplans which often span multiple buildings or sites. Primary or secondary schools, where children may require far more time to safely evacuate the school buildings, need a properly integrated early warning system to be in place.

Increasing risk of violence in the workplace

Teachers and support workers are no exception to the alarming trend towards increasing violence in public sector workplaces. HSE statistics show that teaching and education professionals experience a higher-than-average rate of violence at work. This could be violence from a student, or a parent or a colleague.

Vulnerable occupants and the duty of care

Academic institutions have a duty of care towards their students, which includes protecting them from exploitation or physical harm. This is especially true of primary and secondary schools, whose students are particularly vulnerable.

Safeguarding student’s information

All academic institutions, from universities to primary schools to vocational colleges, will keep physical copies of patients’ personal information on-site. Institutions have a responsibility under the GDPR to properly protect students’ personal information from being accessed by unauthorised persons.

How the KST Group Can Help

Access Control Systems

Access Control is a vital component in safeguarding students.  It is essential that only appropriate individuals are able to access sensitive areas such as classrooms or areas where personal information is being stored. This protects students of all ages and helps institutions fulfil their duty of care.

Fire Risk Management

Comprehensive, evidence-based fire risk assessments are crucial in ensuring that public properties are compliant with fire safety legislation. Our fire risk assessments will not only identify which features of a property carry a greater fire risk, but will also advise you of measures that can be implemented to reduce or mitigate these risks.

We are also a specialist supplier of fire alarms and smoke detection systems which will act as early warning systems to ensure that evacuations are carried out as swiftly and smoothly as possible in the event of a fire.

CCTV & Monitoring

Comprehensive CCTV coverage is one of the best ways to simultaneously deter criminal and/or antisocial behaviour on-site and ensure that incidents are dealt with properly should they occur. Our specialised engineers will recommend ways in which blind-spots in coverage can be minimised.


What our Customers say

We wanted a smart-looking, contactless approach to access control here at Little Dot. We love the Openpath solution proposed by KST; it’s sleek, simple to use and has excellent reporting features. What’s more, KST’s inhouse commissioning team remotely configured the software to meet our requirements - including who goes where and when, through which doors, the reporting we need and integration to our fire alarm system. Thanks to this we have saved the cost of two days labour on install!

Greg Rochford
IT Manager - Little Dot Studios

KST has once again exceeded all expectations with their outstanding service. Safety is our number one priority for both our Post Masters and customers, therefore we are always on the lookout for new technologies and new ideas. Morphean platforms, along with the installation and maintenance provided by KST, has been the perfect decision for us due to our existing knowledge of their excellent services and competitive prices.

Mark Dinsdale
Security Programme Manager - Post Office Ltd

The mobilisation was smooth with little involvement required from ourselves. Communication, in particular, has been extremely strong with regular meetings. Monthly management information has been circulated and Clipper are using the real time management information that KST have provided with their DYMENSiON software. We also have working action plans on each site focusing on improvements and change management. All in all I would be happy to recommend KST to any company looking at contract award; our experience has been very positive and I am happy to endorse them.

John Welsh
Head of Bonded & Secure Operations - Clipper

The whole process of mobilisation and onboarding to KST was conducted in an exceptional manner, from start to finish. The preparation for the move between City Plumbing Supplies and KST was comprehensive. Collaboration was very good. The days of transfer were event free and smooth - with no major issues. The branches’ onboarding onto the KST system during the 12 weeks following the mobilisation was completed fully with excellent communication sessions conducted on a weekly basis. We are now looking forward to a long and effective partnership with KST.

Steve Kemp
Security, Audit & Loss Prevention Manager - City Plumbing Supplies

We’ve been delighted with the partnership between ISS and KST and the approach to transferring the access control contract. The teams have gelled quickly to understand our estate and we’ve seen significant service improvements.

Andy Southern
Head of Security - Santander Bank