Whether it's for a new build, or a refurbishment of existing facilities, planning and designing a school's perimeter and interior layout is an important task that can become complicated without guidance. The Designing Out Crime Officer (DOCO) or Architectural Liaison Officer (ALO) at your local police station, with their extensive knowledge and experience, is a very good source of assistance on the design of your boundary protection. Additionally, experts at Jacksons can offer a free security review of your site alongside the CPDA and provide you with a range of appropriate options and an indication of the costs, timing, and process involved from design to completion of the project.

The School Boundary

Perimeter fencing and gates, carefully designed and selected, serve multiple purposes. They not only prevent intrusion and truancy but also create a welcoming and safe environment that doesn't appear as a ‘fortress’; ensuring the school's atmosphere is one of safety and comfort.

We recommend various options for fencing and gates around the perimeter, including Barbican® vertical bar railings, EuroGuard® Flatform and EuroGuard® Regular paired with matching gates. Make sure the gates match the fencing and allow for vehicles and pedestrians. It is always recommended that pedestrians have separate gates from vehicles to avoid accidents.

Inside the Perimeter

To keep people safe within the school site, use a range of products, such as pedestrian guard rail, bollards and verge marker posts, to define areas for pedestrians and vehicles. A selection of timber fencing and gates around the site should be used to control the flow of people around the grounds and reduce the areas where students can be hidden from view. Junior schools offering play areas should ensure they are designed so that equipment and activities do not interfere with each other and that safe access for able-bodied and less able pupils is provided. The fencing and gates to be employed in a play area should at least conform to BS EN 1176 and be RoSPA approved. Jacksons offers RoSPA approved and BS EN 1176 compliant Anti-Trap Bow Top or Playtime® Timber fencing and gates, which come in various colours and have the option of soft-closing, self-closing gates.

Noise Management

Consider using acoustic barriers to reflect or absorb sound for particularly noisy areas, such as playgrounds and sports pitches. Our acoustic barriers reduce noise by up to 32dB, and their timber façade provides an attractive and highly secure solution.

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Jacksons' flexible, semi-enclosed or fully-enclosed multi-purpose bicycle, waste, recycling, fuel, and equipment stores provide an excellent solution to coupling practical requirements and security within a matched design theme.

Playgrounds, sports fields and sports courts all require specialist fencing and gates. Jacksons offers a wide range of ball courts, ball stops, sports enclosure fencing, and gates designed to minimise the risk of injury or accidental damage.

In response to the growing trend for schools to provide 'outside learning areas' within the grounds, Jacksons offers a wide variety of timber decking and covered learning areas that create safe, comfortable spaces for students and teachers.

Access Control

Decide how you want to allow people onto the site by applying different gates and controls, such as buzzers, intercoms, and key card facilities. It's a good idea to have separate entrances for deliveries to avoid large vehicles blocking driveways and car parks which can become a hazard. If this isn't possible, make sure that delivery drivers have clear instructions upon ordering or that directions to the right location are signposted.

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Are you working on a school or playground project that requires fencing and gates? We have a wide range of welded mesh panels, vertical bar railings, sports fencing, and anti-trap, RoSPA approved playground safe solutions. Request a free, no obligation quote here.

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