Historic hall turns to space age technology to boost security

SPACE age technology has joined the fixtures and fittings of a 19th Century Northumberland hall to boost school security.

Nunnykirk Centre for Dyslexia, which is based at Nunnykirk Hall in Netherwitton, has added a modern feel to its Grade 1 building with the introduction of a biometric door entry system.

The school says it will improve security and give greater flexibility of movement around the building.

Headteacher Carol Hodgson said: “The system is programmed to fit with the needs of the school.

“Only those people authorised to be in the school at any one time will have access and we will continue to use the new system in conjunction with our existing escorted visitors system to further improve the safeguarding of our pupils.”

The technology, which was installed by Easydentic UK, works by taking detailed measurements of finger tips, without actually storing complete prints.

Nunnykirk is the first school in the county to use it.

Easydentic North East Marketing Manager Peter Wells said: “The beauty of this system for a school like Nunnykirk is that you don’t need to worry about remembering entry codes or students losing swipe cards and the security problems that can bring.

“The system recognises the individual in less than half a second and the school has complete control over who is authorised to use the system.”

Nunnykirk Hall was designed by John Dobson in 1825 and still stands as one of his North East architectural gems.