Improving perimeter security at Kennington CE Academy

Project Overview

Kennington CE Academy

Ashford, Kent

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Kennington CE Academy is a busy primary school located in the Ashford suburb of Kennington. The school has existed on the site since 1872 with expansions taking place in the 1950’s and 2000. They work closely with their local community and are committed to safeguarding the school to provide a learning environment where children are safe and secure but feel relaxed and comfortable.

As part of their commitment to safeguarding the school, they decided to update their perimeter fencing which had succumbed to age and no longer provided optimal security. Jacksons were chosen to the secure the site and worked closely with M&J Construction to ensure the project was delivered.


The works were split into seven areas to allow the fencing to be installed during term time while the day to day activities of the school continued.

Chosen for its durability and security, Jacksons installed over 250m of 2m high Euroguard® Flatform Medium around the perimeter of the school, including the boundaries for the school car park, public footpath, main road and a large public field which sits adjacent to school grounds. Replacing the previously existing timber picket fencing which had fallen into disrepair, the mesh panels were polyester powder coated and coloured black RAL 9005 at the front of the school to comply with planning permission conditions which required the fence to match the aesthetics of the neighbouring residential properties. At the back of the site where the school overlooked the playing field the fence was coloured green RAL 6005 to fit in with the natural appearance of the surrounding trees and bushes.

As part of the strategy to safeguard the school, the Euroguard® Flatform mesh installed along the perimeter of the main road, public footpath and the public field was combined with well established rows of high hedging, bushes and trees. This blocks the line of site into the school premises, increasing privacy and preventing the public from being able to see into the classrooms and playground which reduces the potential risk of anti-social behaviour.

At the school entrance the local council stipulated that the boundary should not be visually intrusive and should instead complement the aesthetic of the attractive and original Victorian building which now housed the school reception area, as well as class rooms. Jackson's Bow Top fencing fit the criteria and was provide and installed with a colour powder coated black RAL 9005 finish, running a total length of 32m and standing at a height of 2m. The Bow Top replaced the previously existing timber palisade and low wire mesh fence which were showing the signs of age and no longer provided security, helping to create a friendly and welcoming appearance at the main school entrance without being visually intrusive to the original Victorian building.

To provide security and control access to and from the school Jacksons installed gates to match the appropriate fencing. In the staff car park a pair of 2m high double leaf Euroguard® Flatform Heavy gates were installed; one to control access to and from the main road and another controlling access between the car park and the playground. To control footfall between the playground and main road, a 2m double leaf Euroguard® Flatform Heavy gate was installed with manual operation and lock options to allow the school complete control over when access would be permitted.


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