UK academy chooses Paxton10 for multi-site access control

St Lawrence Academy, where Paxton10 was deployed

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A Paxton access control solution has been deployed at the St Lawrence Academy, a school for 11 to 16-year-olds, located in North Lincolnshire, UK.

According to the company, 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, an access control and video management system (VMS).


According to Paxton, 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.

“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,” said Ashely Woodward, Project Manager at Advanced IT Services.


The company says that 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.

“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,” added Woodward. “The system has been overwhelmingly well-received by the client’s network manager.”

According to the company, another benefit that the product 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.

“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,” said Woodward.


Paxton reveals that 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 the product to other systems, further upgrading the functionality of the access control solution.

“Over the next few months, we will be installing a Bodet tannoy system across the site, which will be fully integrated to the system. This will allow a button press to announce a lockdown and lock all doors associated simultaneously,” said Woodward.

The company says that 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.

“We are keen to continuing rolling out Paxton10 across both our public and education sector clients,” concluded Woodward.

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