Milestone Systems helps meet safeguarding needs of Outstanding Wirral Hospitals’ School

Milestone XProtect® video management system is keep pupils safe at Wirral Hospitals' School. 

Published by Vigilance Security Magazine

Hoylake-based NW Systems has provided an advanced IP video system to help Wirral Hospitals’ School, Joseph Paxton Campus in Claughton, Birkenhead, to meet its high safeguarding standards. This school, which has an enviable reputation as one of the region’s foremost special needs schools, was given an ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted in November 2014.

Safeguarding is one of Ofsted’s key inspection requirements for all schools. The education inspector monitors schools’ ‘success in keeping pupils safe’, but also takes into consideration ‘action taken following any serious safeguarding incident’.


Many of the school’s students have mental and physical health problems. Others have social and communication difficulties, which have prevented them from being able to succeed in mainstream schools. The school’s commitment to creating a safe environment for its pupils and staff, reflected in thorough and effective safeguarding policies, is now supported by the new IP video system.

All cameras are linked to a Milestone XProtect® Professional video management software system for recording, management, as well as rapid discovery and playback in case of incidents.

Chris Barry, ICT systems and network coordinator of the Wirral Hospitals’ Schools, highlighted the cost-effectiveness, ease of use of the new video system and affirmed the extremely positive feedback he has received since it went live. He adds, ‘from my point of view, if it helps protect one child, or one teacher, then that’s value for money.’

Derek Kitchen, head teacher of Wirral Hospitals’ Schools, added, “Such a high quality and user-friendly system contributes hugely to the safety and well-being of students, staff and visitors. It also protects the school when closed.”

Frank Crouwel, managing director, NW Systems, summarized, “It is pleasing to see that video security can help underpin the strong safeguarding record of this highly-regarded and - now officially – ‘outstanding’ local school.”

Read the full article about Milestone Systems and Wirral Hospitals' School.