Revised Sept 09
Emergency (Fire) Evacuation Procedure
Sept 09 – Jan 10
Tutors need to make all pupils in their tutor group aware of this procedure – this
includes any new pupils
Assembly Point is the playground and tennis courts at the
front of school
Once you have left the building it should never be re-entered
as a short cut to reach the assembly point
Your own personal safety and the safety of pupils is
paramount at all times
o Anyone discovering a fire should immediately sound the fire alarm, using the
nearest alarm point. All outbreaks of fire should be reported to the Fire
o The priority of all staff is the safety of pupils and first consideration must be
given to moving pupils away from any potential danger to a point of safety.
Evacuation after pupils have been registered
o On hearing the alarm (a continuous bell) all rooms are to be evacuated in a
quiet, orderly manner (no running). Staff need to ensure that all pupils leave
o Bags and coats are to be left where they are except where they are a trip
hazard to pupils leaving the room.
o Pupils move to the nearest exit in single file (staff need to make themselves
familiar with the location of all exits).
o Pupils and staff should move quickly and with the minimum of noise.
o Once pupils and staff have left the building they must not re-enter it.
o Evacuation routes:
Maths, Tech, Art, CR 4 should exit through the main pupil
entrance between the boiler room and the kitchens.
Staff in mobiles and Emmaus Centre should go through
stairwell door by Maths Mobiles or through History fire exit
and make their way to the assembly point. If both of these
doors are blocked staff should use key to open gates onto field,
take a register of pupils and wait for further instructions.
Top floor should exit by the nearest available stairwell and
leave the building by the first outside door and make their way
to the assembly point without entering the building again.
(Lifts must not be used under any circumstances. Please see
below for the procedure to follow for ensuring the safety of
a disabled pupil or teacher)
English and RE (New Block) should use the nearest
exit/stairwell and go directly to the assembly point
Science block – exit through main door of science block OR
fire exit (staff should closely supervise pupils on fire exit).
Proceed down the path in front of the school and make their
way to their assembly point
New sports hall – Exit by the nearest available door and make
your way around to the assembly point.
Library- Exit to community sports changing area up the stairs
to community sports reception and exit by door. Then proceed
to assembly point.
Learning Zone – Exit through main reception to assembly
Changing Rooms (new block) exit by the sports community
and go around the outside of the building to the assembly point
or via the stairs that lead up to the Sports Reception and exit via
the main door.
Kitchen Staff exit by the emergency exit door and go to the
Staff who do not work in specific locations should familiarise
themselves with the escape route for whichever area of the
school they are working in.
o Staff and pupils need to ensure they are familiar with where the assembly
point is, and the route to it from any room they teach in.
o To speed up evacuation, where appropriate staff may double up lines to use
the full width of corridors.
o Anyone not in a class when the alarm sounds should make their way to the
assembly point following the instructions stated above.
o When pupils reach the assembly point they will line up in tutor groups in
register order, in silence.
o Tutors will then check that all pupils in their tutor group who were registered
are present, using the lists provided by the office. These will be available at
the corner of the playground near the main entrance to the building.
o Once the tutor is satisfied that all pupils are accounted for they need to inform
the PPC who in turn informs the senior member of staff at the corner of the
playground near the main entrance to the building.
o When a tutor is absent the teacher who took the register in their absence will
undertake the responsibility for ensuring all pupils are accounted for.
o Tutors need to inform new pupils to their class of these evacuation procedures
and also ensure they understand the location and routes mentioned.
If evacuation routes stated above are blocked then exit the building by the
nearest safe exit and make your way to the assembly point
o Where it is practical disabled pupils should follow the evacuation procedures
as described above. Where this is not practical the pupil should be taken to a
place of safety away from the hazard.
o On the top floor the lift should not be used once the alarm has sounded. The
pupil should be taken to the stairwell by the main office rooms and left there
with the fire doors shut. When the fire brigade arrive they will bring the pupil
Evacuation before and after the school day
o All staff and pupils will go to the assembly point using the relevant
instructions stated above.
o Duty Staff and any other members of staff available should check, as far as
possible, that areas are clear of staff and pupils.
o Staff with pupils in their charge need to ensure that pupils proceed to the
assembly point following the relevant instructions detailed above.
o Staff who are still present in school need to ensure that, as far as possible, all
areas are clear of staff, pupils and visitors.
Fighting the fire
Only when the safety of people has been secured should any attention be given to
fighting the fire. Circumstances will dictate as to whether any attempt should be made
to fight the fire prior to the arrival of the Fire Brigade. Even then, staff must be certain
that they themselves have a clear escape route, should the fire get out of hand.
If, after you have familiarised yourself with the evacuation procedure, you have
concerns, please make them known to either the Head teacher or one of the
W Godwin Sept 09