Fencing is installed to keep premises safe, to deter criminal activity, to make spaces safer, and to improve appearances as well. School fencing needs to deliver all of these functions and more, plus it needs to be particularly cost effective as schools have limited budgets. Any school that’s installing new fencing on their premises need to know that the fencing will be suitable for their specialist environment.
Why do schools install fencing and what purposes will the fencing need to fulfil? There are many reasons why a school might need to install a fence, or to upgrade an existing fence that is old, has been damaged or is no longer serving a purpose. There are also lots of locations where a school might need to erect a fence, such as around the perimeters of the school property, around a playground, or simply on the school grounds to create zones and make a logical pathway around the site. Fencing services an important purpose and it needs to be right.
Making sure fencing is suitable for schools: what needs to be done?
Fencing in a school environment has to be suitable for its purpose and needs to be safe, easy to maintain and quick to install. Here are some of the core considerations schools will need to take into account when installing fencing:
- Safety. This is of primary importance in schools. It’s essential that all fencing used is safe and will serve a particular purpose, making sure that it protects children and other people on site as well as not being dangerous for use around children.
- Cost effectiveness. Schools have very limited budgets. The types of fencing they choose will need to reflect this, delivering quality without being expensive.
- Security. Schools need to be kept secure, deterring criminal activity.
- Longevity. Fences must last long enough for them to be a good investment for the school.
These are some of the types of fence that might be used in schools:
- Sports fencing. This is used to enclose sports pitches and areas of the playground, such as basketball courts.
- Mesh gates and fencing. This is a simple, cost-effective fencing solution that’s perfect for use on school sites. It keeps children safe and makes sure they’re safely on site, without the danger of younger pupils wandering off. It’s also important for keeping people off the school site and keeping it protected.
- ROSPA railings and gates. This stands for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, and it’s the type of fencing that might be used for play areas, especially for younger children. This will help to keep them safe while on the school site.
- Timber fencing and gates. School sites need to be kept aesthetically pleasing as well. Wooden gates and fences can help with this, and they might be used to create areas like binstores to keep children away from them.
- Traffic and access control fencing. This might include pedestrian guardrails, bollards, parking posts, cantilever gates and automatic barriers. All of these are very important for controlling access around the school site.