BMA would like to respond to the recent social media discussion about placing CCTV in a toilet area with the following:
We are aware that there has been some social media discussion suggesting we have CCTV which films inside the toilet cubicles. This is NOT the case – there are cameras in the communal places outside the cubicles in some areas of the academy. This is due to the fact these areas have been used inappropriately by some students in the past. The damage they have caused is unacceptable. In order for the academy to react responsibly to this it has been necessary to heighten our surveillance in key areas. In absolutely no way is the privacy of students being compromised, as that would be totally and utterly inappropriate.
The academy has reacted responsibly to this situation and outlined to students that many other institutions have exactly the same. They have privacy within the cubicle and most institutions (other schools, shops, public places etc) have exactly the same use of CCTV to protect people and premises.
The academy, as part of its ongoing maintenance programme, has refurbished many areas for the benefit of our students, including toilet facilities. Over the years, students have been consulted when making changes. Students expressed concern about some toilets and therefore single use toilet cubicles have been installed in some parts of the academy. These provide maximum privacy for students using them. They have full-length doors and sides making them completely private. Most cubicles also have their own private wash hand basin.