Making the right fencing choices for schools

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The right kind of fencing can protect students and teachers, parents and visitors alike, and it can also prevent unnecessary injuries, especially when it comes to boisterous children. On the other hand, the wrong kind of fencing can make a school seem like a dreary or offputting place instead of an oasis of education, welcoming its students every day.

Avoiding danger

Well-chosen, high-quality school fencing isn’t just about keeping some people in and others out. In a recent incident, one child’s family was awarded £2864 in compensation after they, unfortunately, ran into some barbed wire on school premises and badly injured themselves (see Daily Mail). Thankfully, there’s no need to have dangerous materials like barbed wire when you can install high-quality mesh fencing instead.


Mesh fencing also comes into its own when we look around the school grounds and see all the other ways kids can get themselves into trouble. School bins, for example, are a big danger to inquisitive children. A game of hiding and seek can get badly out of hand if a skip that’s easily accessible suddenly seems like a great place to hide! Likewise, school bins can be full of rotting food or discarded equipment. However, such hazards can easily be locked away behind a good quality mesh fence or cage.

Look and feel

Schools should be welcoming places, making kids feel ready to learn, and they shouldn’t be intimidating. But, at the same time, they need to be safe, secure, and effective at keeping unwanted visitors out. The right combination of railings and mesh fencing can create a peaceful, self-contained atmosphere yet still provide a high level of security that protects students and visitors. What’s more, schools must regularly review their perimeter fencing to ensure it’s in line with current legal standards so that they fulfil the necessary safeguarding and security requirements.

Zaun can help you make the right choice when selecting school fencing and will support you in finding the right products for the job. Contact us today, and we’ll be happy to help.

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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