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1st Choice Installs School Gates in Hertfordshire

“[Oftsted] Inspectors will always have regard for how well children and learners are helped and protected so that they are kept safe.” Common Inspection Framework

Ever since 2016, the safety and security of pupils during school time has been considered an important element of the Ofsted inspection process. 1st Choice Security Services has been installing automatic school gates in Hertfordshire for nearly two decades now. The last five years, however, have seen a rapid increase in demand for this security measure.

Do All Schools Need Automatic Security Gates?

1st Choice Security Systems engineers have no hesitation in saying ‘Yes’ to this question. There are 4 clear benefits to installing school security gates:

  1. Safety for Students and Staff. Professionally installed automatic gates for schools significantly enhance the safety everyone on the site throughout the school day.
  2. Perimeter Control. Automatic security gates provide a level of control over who enters the premises.
  3. 24/7 Protection. Automatic gates for schools don’t just work during school hours. They’re there after school and throughout the holidays, providing 24 hour peace of mind.
  4. Adaptable Controls. If you need to allow access at busy times of day, your gates can be scheduled to do so.

Holistic Security for Schools

Parents trust that their children will be safe during school hours. Schools, therefore, need to ensure that their trust is well founded. 1st Choice Security engineers will carry out a free security assessment of your premises, prior to installing school security gates. Having one secured entrance is no good if other entrances remain open to unauthorised visitors.

Having completed our assessment we’ll submit a report of our findings with recommendations. 1st Choice offers holistic security solutions for high risk environments such as schools. We may suggest that the protection afforded by security gates could be strengthened by: CCTV, a door entry system, access control system.

We Don’t Want Our School Looking Like a Prison

School gates design has come a long way in the past few years, so there’s no worry about ending up with ‘prison gates’. Schools need to remain open and friendly environments for legitimate visitors, whilst providing effective defences against vandals and thieves.

Many of out school gates installations in Hertfordshire have got pupils involved in customising their security gates. 1st Choice designers have also created bespoke designs which integrate the school’s name, or crest. Many school security gates are finished using the school colours.

Where Should Security Gates be Located?

Usually school gates are installed at the main entrance to the school, or at the car park entrance. 1st Choice designers will create and install gates that fit perfectly and do the job of protecting everyone in the school. We would recommend that the entire perimeter of the school is protected, and this may require a blend of car park barriers, turnstiles, parking bollards and automatic gates.

About 1st Choice Security

1st Choice Security Systems has experience working in a range of educational environments so all our installers are DBS checked. We’re SafeContractor approved, work to the ISO2001-2015 standard, and we’re a DHF member. Should you need us in an emergency, we’re available 24 hours. We have high 1st time fix rates, and use a Job Management system to maximise efficiency on all projects.

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If you need assistance with electric gates or security systems for your school or college premises, call 1st Choice Security Systems today on 0800 1182414.


  • 1st Choice Security Systems - The quality is top rate and the gate looks fantastic, excellent customer service. Thank youRebecca Perks

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