Here at Hawkesworth, we carry out over seven million electrical equipment tests (also known as PAT tests) a year. A large amount of these tests take place in schools, colleges and universities across the country.
One of the schools we carry out testing for is Compass Community School Victoria Park.
About Compass Community School Victoria Park
Compass Community School Victoria Park is located in Tipton in the West Midlands.
The school supports vulnerable pupils and students, helping them not only achieve educational qualifications but also develop as young people.
According to Zurich Municipal, schools in England are 1.7 times more likely to suffer a fire than other commercial buildings.
The study, carried out using data from 26,800 schools across the country, showed that firefighters had been called to nearly 2,000 school blazes over the last three years.
Malfunctioning appliances and equipment, faulty electrics, arson and kitchen fires are amongst the leading causes of school fires. There is also a correlation between poor OFSTED ratings and a greater risk of fires.
A fire in a school environment can cause major issues. Not only is there a risk to life, but fires can be a major expense that some schools struggle to recover from.
Fires can cost on average £2.8 million to repair, with some larger and older schools having to foot a bill of over £20 million.
There is also the disruption to learning. Fires can set children’s development back, which is an inconvenience at the best of times; more so following the forced closure of schools during the coronavirus pandemic.
We test a wide range of equipment at the school, from televisions and computer monitors through to the microwaves and kettles in the staff room.
After testing, we provide detailed records that specify which equipment has passed and failed inspection, helping the school keep tabs on what is working safely and what they need to replace.
We start our testing early in the morning. This means we can be in and out of the school as quickly as possible; all while still providing a high-quality service.
We carry out work out of hours at no extra charge, helping schools keep to a tight and efficient budget.
All of our engineers are Data Barring Service (DBS) checked and qualified in City & Guilds Electrical Equipment and Maintenance Testing (2377) for peace of mind.
A dedication to customer care
Jade Dennis, Deputy Head Teacher at Compass Community School Victoria Park is delighted with the high-quality service our engineer provides.
"The Hawkesworth engineer was very professional, thorough and efficient when they attended our school.
"We were pleased with the service and we’d definitely use Hawkesworth to carry out our PAT testing in the future.
We’re pleased to provide exceptional customer service, not just to Compass Community School Victoria Park but to all our customers.
All our staff and engineers are experienced in providing an efficient and seamless service. We provide additional extra touches similar companies do not offer, such as out of hours testing at no extra charge, as well as a free reminder service.