St George's C of E Foundation School
St George’s Church of England Foundation School in Broadstairs, Kent, caters for 1800 children from the age of 4 to 19, educating and developing young lives with a key focus on core values including forgiveness, compassion, and friendship. Founded in 1841 as a national school, the school is proud of its history and Christian traditions and is shaped by its original vision – to provide a place where every individual is valued regardless of their circumstances. Teamwork and community are at the heart of their vision, with commitment and dedication to do their best together and nurture and support every student, member of staff, and individual connected to the school.
The school has two sites: one providing primary education and the other secondary teaching, with a public footpath separating both playing fields. Some of the primary school field is often used by the secondary school, so it wasn’t necessary to have a fence between the playing fields and the footpath. However, with perimeter fences now commonplace within schools, a decision was made to install fencing, to increase the safety and security of the students. Additionally, it was decided that the primary perimeter need to be expanded, so a new boundary was created. The new fencing needed to match the existing fencing, and access for maintenance teams was also required.
The school required fencing which was not intimidating and created an environment conducive to learning, suited the surroundings, and matched the colour of the existing fencing.
Jacksons Fencing was chosen to design, manufacture, and install 372 metres of 1.8m high green EuroGuard® Flatform mesh fencing, and 285m of the same fencing but powder coated black. With our own powder coating facility at our headquarters in Ashford, we were able to match the colour of the existing fencing, as well as the style, ensuring that the new boundary blends seamlessly with the old. EuroGuard® Flatform fencing is available in medium or heavy mesh styles to suit different applications. The school opted for our medium style, which has 6mm horizontal wires and 5mm vertical wires, which are measured before coating for an accurate representation of strength.
Parts of the old fencing were removed to allow the new fencing to connect to the remaining panels and form a new, secure perimeter.
To provide access between the primary and secondary sites, we also manufactured and installed two EuroGuard® Flatform Heavy double leaf gates in the same style and colour to complement the fencing. Both the fencing and gates are Galfan zinc alloy coated for long-lasting protection against rust and corrosion and are coated black or green depending on the site.
Schools are at risk of multiple threats including vandalism, burglary, and trespassing, so it is crucial that fencing is secure and fit for purpose. Our mesh fencing systems feature unique panel-to-post connectors with anti-tamper fixings. This is a key advantage over other similar styles of fencing that are commonly targeted by thieves. The panels can be easily removed using standard screwdriver bits from the outside of the fence., which is not possible with our fence panels.
EuroGuard® Flatform welded mesh fencing and gates are supplied with our 25 year service life guarantee, so the staff, parents, and everyone involved with St George’s school can be confident that their children and pupils will be safe and secure at the school for many years to come.
Jacksons have been superb from start to finish. Their installation teams have been great, and we are really happy with the fencing and gates.
Adam Mirams, Head Teacher of St George's Church of England School
We work with many different schools in the education sector. It is a real pleasure to work with schools like St George’s who show phenomenal passion and commitment to making sure their pupils are provided with the best options and value for money available to them. Not just thinking of the project as ‘a fence’, but discussing with us the aesthetics of the boundary, making sure it has a positive impact on the pupils, their safety, and the environment, as well as caring about the future of the school, and opting for a product that has a long guarantee and will provide the school with the longest lifetime value.
Jacksons fit perfectly with all the above requirements; this is one of the key reasons that our fencing is so popular in schools. Many decision makers in the education sector care about the future of the school and their legacy, and this makes us and our products a perfect fit.
Nick Bishenden, Senior Marketing Manager, Jacksons Fencing