A primary school in Thanet, Kent knew they had to take swift and decisive measures to protect their 700 pupils, after discovering the adjacent field they used at lunchtimes and for sports days covered in potentially hazardous litter. A busy public footpath runs parallel to the field, separating it from the school, so any passer by would have easy access to the field unless it was properly secured. With caretakers and facilities teams more pressured than ever to keep up maintenance on tight budgets, the job of clearing and tidying the field was becoming an increasing burden. Clearly the school needed to implement a long-term solution that would have the desired result of reducing risk and ongoing maintenance cost, while delivering the lowest lifetime cost, which is where Jacksons Fencing was able to help.
We installed 117 metres of 2.4m high Euroguard® Regular demarcation fencing around the perimeter of the field, which, combined with the natural foliage of trees and bushes, also manages to prevent the public from seeing the field during use for added privacy. This particular type of fencing has an anti-climb design, so the area is secured until the gates are unlocked. The ‘V’ shaped profile reinforces the strength of the panels, while the panel to post fixing is vandal-proof.
The installation included matching double leaf manual gates with 180° opening hinges, to provide access for maintenance and emergency vehicles, and also to ensure that large groups of people can enter and exit safely without being forced into single file.
With the project now complete, the pupils can enjoy break times and sports days in a safe and clean environment, and staff members can fully dedicate their time to teaching and providing care for their pupils without added concerns. The field is also shared with Drapers Mill Primary Academy, so this added security will serve to protect hundreds of other children during playtime and P.E. For the school's caretakers, the new fencing and gates mean they have more time to concentrate on maintaining the main school site.
Within the main campus, we installed Playtime® Timber Fencing around the school playground, to provide a safe and secure area for play - it also serves as a gathering area to be picked up from at the end of the day. With its low height and attractive design, Playtime® fencing creates boundaries without making people feel trapped or secluded, and its RoSPA approved anti-trap design make it perfect for pre-schools, junior schools and play areas. The smooth finish of the timber minimises risk of splinters, while the sturdy construction and the Jakcure timber treatment ensures a long, trouble-free service life. The matching Playtime® gates can be specified for self-closing operation, so the gates shut even in the case of forgetfulness, which is essential when making sure children stay away from potential dangers such as busy roads or school car parks.
We’re proud to be a part of the solution in keeping children safe at school, so parents, teachers and carers can be confident that they’re being protected against harm and avoidable incidents and accidents. For more information on our school solutions, click here.