The St Lawrence Academy is a school for 11- to 16-year-olds, located in North Lincolnshire, UK. The school is currently undergoing an expansion, so they looked for an access control system that would provide an extra level of security for their pupils and staff, and could add new buildings and users to the system as the school grows.
Advanced IT Services was approached by St Lawrence Academy with the requirements, and they suggested Paxton10, a forward-thinking access control and video management system.
Advanced IT Services is an end-to-end IT solutions provider that has over 20 years of experience in the education sector and has installed Paxton security products for over 10 years. They support schools and councils nationwide, providing solutions from access control, video management, to IT support.
At the beginning of 2023, St Lawrence Academy investigated installing a new access control system at the school as they were establishing their own Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). The main requirements were to be able to access the system remotely, the ability to administrate multiple sites with varying groups of users, and that it has the potential to be integrated with other products and systems to maximise functionality.
Ashely Woodward, Project Manager at Advanced IT Services, said: “Paxton is our go-to product for any of our client’s access control requirements. We usually introduce Net2 for our education clients, however as this client is beginning the journey of becoming a MAT, we suggested that the rollout of Paxton10 would provide a good opportunity.”
Paxton10 is a future-proof system that combines access control and video management. Its online user-interface allows administrators to access the system from any device with an internet connection, making it easy to manage and monitor the security of a site. Paxton10 takes access control management to the next level with it being scalable up to 100 sites on a single system with up to 1,000 doors, 1,000 cameras and 50,000 users. The system’s features fulfil the St Lawrence Academy’s security needs.
Ashely said: “Paxton10 presents an exciting opportunity for both our client and us. The modern and user-friendly web interface allows administrators to manage sites with ease. The system is simple to use, which means system users can be trained easily.
“The system has been overwhelmingly well-received by the client’s network manager.”
Another benefit that Paxton10 has brought to St Lawrence Academy is the Multi-site feature. It will allow them to expand the system as more schools join the trust.
Ashely explains: “The Paxton server is located within our own internal Data Centre, which means adding additional sites to the system can be done with ease and speed; without the need for VPN access.”
Advanced IT Services started with a four-door trial with Paxton10, before installing it across 30 doors with 166 managed users. The system successfully isolates the Trust offices on site from the main school buildings and manages pupil access, creating a secure area. In addition, if any pupil is late to class or absent, system administrators will get notifications and the pastoral teams can act quickly, making sure there’s no emergency and that pupils are safe.
There are plans to expand Paxton10 when more schools join the Trust. The St Lawrence Academy also plans to integrate Paxton10 to other systems, further upgrading the functionality of the access control solution.
Ashely adds: “Over the next few months, we will be installing a Bodet tannoy system across the site, which will be fully integrated to the Paxton10 system. This will allow a button press to announce a lockdown, and lock all doors associated simultaneously.”
The installation and configuration of Paxton10 has been a success at the St Lawrence Academy, and Advanced IT Services is confident in introducing Paxton10 to their other customers.
Ashely said: “We are keen to continuing rolling out Paxton10 across both our public and education sector clients.”
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North Lincolnshire, UK
Type of site
Number of doors/users:
- 166 users
- 30 doors
- Paxton10 Server
- Paxton10 Door Controller (POE & 12V)
- Paxton10 Desktop Reader
- Paxton10 Slimline Readers
- Paxton Entry Standard Panels
- Paxton Entry Standard Monitor
- Remote management
- Multi-site feature
- Scalable with varying users
- Potential to integrate with other systems
- Simple, user-friendly access control system
- Easy management of multiple sites and users
- Scalable solution for future expansion