11th July 2019
Fencing is an essential security feature of any school and creates a safe learning and working environment for students and staff alike. However, good security fencing also provides clear surveillance of those entering and leaving the grounds, and is often the first thing people will notice when looking at a school for future enrolment. Here’s four things you need to consider when choosing school fencing.
Security comes before everything else, so you will need to carry out a comprehensive risk assessment while considering issues like performance, aesthetics, and maintenance. You can do this by thinking like a potential intruder and using photographs, drawings, and notes to identify different weaknesses. Also, don’t forget that having a high fence at the front of the school doesn’t necessarily guarantee security if there’s a low fence at the back. Ensure your perimeter security is consistent to make it as difficult as possible for intruders to break in.
Budget constraints are common at all institutions, and it’s only natural to consider installing a cheap fence in order to cut costs. However, an inexpensive fence is likely to be low quality and might end up incurring more costs in the long run. For example, it may need regular repair work and maintenance, and eventually, replacement.
While security should always be your main concern, you also need to take into account the aesthetic value of your chosen fence. Ask yourself whether students, parents, and staff will take pride in how the school looks. Appearance might not seem important right now, but it will matter for students and staff who have to look at it every day. Depending on the school’s location, acoustic fencing will play a significant role in reducing noise from the school environment or from nearby roads.
Although school fences are there primarily to protect students and staff from intruders, their safety while they’re on the school grounds is important too. Ensure the fencing you choose is approved and prevents clothing from being ripped, has no sharp edges, and so on. While a height of 1.2 – 1.6m is best for demarcation purposes, for a school, the perimeter fence should ideally be 1.8 – 2.4m high depending on local authority regulations.