Securing your school: a guide to perimeter fencing

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There are many factors to consider when it comes to school security. First, of course, the safety of staff, students, and visitors must be paramount, and every educational establishment will have different specific needs depending on size, location, and more. There is also a need to consider what level of security is appropriate; too little, and you put your school at risk but go too far, and you may end up looking more like a prison. As such, perimeter security should be among your top priorities when deciding which solutions are right for you.

Good security starts with a risk assessment.

You can find several free risk assessment templates online, such as this guide from the HSE.

There are three main points to consider:

  1. Likelihood of occurrence (i.e. have there been past incidents?)
  2. Severity of harm
  3. Existing security measures

It would help if you also thought about your grounds and buildings, both individually and as a whole. Address any risks that meet the criteria and then carry out your risk assessment again to ensure that issues have been reduced to an acceptable level. Periodically reassess your findings.

Who can access the site?

Your school will likely be accessed every day by students, staff, parents, and visitors. Controlling entry and exit points can help you protect against unauthorised entry, as well as curb truancy. Ofsted does not provide any official guidance on what kind of perimeter security should be in place, but they do advise that:

“Inspectors should take into account the extent to which the school takes reasonable steps to ensure that pupils are safe on the school site, for example by monitoring visitors or volunteers or those using the premises during school time.” – Ofsted 2010 guidance for inspectors.

Perimeter fencing can be an attractive and affordable solution. Mesh fencing can provide security and visibility, while bespoke solutions can provide anti-climbing measures without ruining the aesthetic design. Even school logos and text can be included, personalised to your establishment.

Zaun can provide quality fencing, gates, security cages, and more for your school grounds and sports fields. Contact us today for more information.

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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