‘Cat gates’ give bilingual school personalised entrance

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Britain’s first bilingual school in English and German has capped its major refurbishment programme to increase capacity with bespoke entrance gates spelling out the school’s name – and sporting a cat.

Judith Kerr Primary School in Herne Hill appointed Morgan Sindall to provide two reception classrooms, additional teaching space, a new assembly hall, cafeteria, and catering facilities and to improve pedestrian and vehicular access.

The school occupies the former James Black Institute, which was previously the King’s College London plant science department. It converted part of the building to open three years ago and is now up to a capacity of 350 children following the latest work.

Rochester contractor MGS Kent asked steel fencing and gate manufacturer Zaun to create bespoke 2m-high double leaf ‘cat gates’ with lettering to installing within the existing fence line.

Zaun’s in-house research and development department produced the cat gates and other bespoke designs and used the company’s innovative laser cutter to produce the letters and cat outline.

The school is named after its patron; a German turned Brit, renowned children’s author Judith Kerr OBE, who penned The Tiger Who Came to Tea, her first picture book, and the Mog series about the Thomas’ family cat and the strange things she gets up to.

Kerr was born in Berlin but came to England with her family when she was 12 after escaping the Nazis and travelling through Switzerland and France as a young girl. She wrote about her early life in her autobiographical trilogy Out of the Hitler Time.

She is 93, has sold over nine million books and lives in Barnes, South London, with her latest cat, Katinka – hence the bespoke ‘cat gate’ tribute.

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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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