Before arriving at the Château all school party leaders could be asked to complete lists of their groups using forms sent to them in the Château teachers pack. The forms will detail the group letter, the number of children in each group, their names and the name of the dormitories in which they are staying.
Upon arriving at the Château these lists will be copied and filed in the Château fire drill logbook that will be located at a central accessible point. This book will also contain check sheets to be completed by the senior member of Château staff responsible for co-ordinating the fire drill.
Before children are allowed to settle in their dormitories they should be made aware of what group they are in and an explanation of what we expect them to do, should the fire alarm go off, ought to be given. This explanation should be given in ENGLISH and contain the following details:
Children should be asked to remain calm, ensure all others in their dormitories are awake and have heard the alarm, to put their shoes on, leave all other belongings and walk quietly to the fire assembly point. Once at this point they should line up in straight lines, silently, behind their group letter. When this has been done members of Château staff will conduct a check of groups to ensure all persons are accounted for. Once this has been completed the children should wait in line until asked to return to their dormitories in a calm, slow and quite manner.
A fire drill should be conducted as soon as possible after the schools arrival, preferably on the first night but considering the length of their journey to the Château and the lateness of their arrival it may be better to run the drill the next morning. However, a full and detailed explanation of what they should do in the event of the alarm going off should still be given as suggested above.
In the interests of enhancing your children’s safety in relation to the efficient evacuation of your dormitory blocks in the event of the Château fire alarm sounding, we respectfully request that the following procedures are followed: