15th December 2015
In recent years, school security has become a far more pressing concern, with high profile tragedies such as Dunblane adding greater urgency to the demand for children to be given maximum protection while they are studying in the classroom. The days of open access playing fields and unfenced perimeters around school sites have long since vanished, with many schools now resembling fortresses rather than seats of learning.
While the issue of safeguarding children and property cannot be overlooked and is the responsibility of teaching professionals, parents and students, equally many would rightly argue that transforming schools into prisons is not conducive to a positive learning environment – so achieving a balance is essential.
Mercifully, incidents that personally endanger children and staff in schools are rare, but this doesn’t detract from the need for schools to be adequately secured, during school hours, holidays and overnight.
School leaders and site managers need to be confident that strangers can be kept off school premises both during the daytime and at night, to protect the wellbeing of children and to minimise the risk of theft and vandalism. Insurance claims for acts of vandalism and arson run into millions of pounds every year in the UK while the presence of a stranger with malicious intent in a school building could spell unthinkable consequences for children’s safety.
Safeguarding pupils and property is not simply a case of erecting a school fence around the perimeter to keep out the undesirables
Firstly, effective security depends on careful planning to ensure that access to the site is restricted in its entirety, while providing suitable access to visitors to the school.
Secondly, the type and style of fencing used should be matched to the age of the pupils, for example designed in such a way as to prevent younger children from attempting to climb it, which could be potentially dangerous.
Finally, in order to minimise the impact on the environment and reduce the chances of a school fence appearing like a prison, it should be designed sympathetically to be aesthetically pleasing – if possible blending into the surroundings while also offering a suitable deterrent to potential intruders.
Enlisting the expertise of a specialist fencing company is the logical way to secure your school site, protecting the pupils and property at all times of day throughout the year. For more information on how we can assist you, call us today.