Automatic gates at schools

Electric gates are ideal for schools, providing an effective and convenient means of controlling incoming and outcoming traffic onto the school site. We manufacture and install a range of steel and timber electric gates with sliding or swing opening actions, which can be operated with a range of access control devices. Our automatic gates include vertical bar, welded mesh, metal railings, acoustic, and timber, to match our range of fencing.

Electric gate safety for schools

Classed as machinery, electric gates can be dangerous if not compliant, and have been the cause of a number of accidents and fatalities. Schools should ensure that any automated gates are fully compliant with current regulations and that gate installers and engineers are professionally trained and comply with legal standards.

In addition to incorporating the recommended safety measures (photo-cells/pressure edges), there are a number of additional precautions which should be considered such as: optimum siting of the gate to minimise the risk of crushing; introduction of a pedestrian guard rail; monitoring of rubbish around the photo-cells; siting of wheelie bins and other objects to enable access to the gate; regular (minimum of six monthly) maintenance checks.

How automated gates are commonly used in schools

Before deciding on an automated gate, the school should have robust policies and procedures in place for safeguarding and part of this is should be controlling access to the school. The procedure for access should not only look at controlling unauthorised visitors but segmenting vehicles and pupils at school start and finish times. The following video may help to understand how pedestrian gates, vehicle gates, electric automated gates and traffic barriers can all be used to separate different traffic and control access to the school grounds.

Did you know that we have been manufacturing, supplying and installing metal fencing and access control in schools for over 30 years. Schools who work with us are often repeat customers as they have seen first-hand, the benefit of the premium nature of our products and 25 year guarantees.

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25 year guarantee

Using a combination of high quality materials, expert manufacturing processes, and premium finishes, we include a 25 year guarantee with every steel and timber product, as well as a 25 month guarantee for automated products.

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All our engineers and technical advisors have passed the Gate Safe Aware training course to ensure they are up to date with the very latest standards and guidance in relation to gate safety.



Jacksons Fencing is a full member of dhf, helping to raise standards and advance safety with our safe automated gate installations. Being part of dhf has provided us with expert industry support and training, and our membership demonstrates our commitment to safety and responsible business practices.