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School Safety and Traffic Management with Bespoke Security Gates

The local school sits at the heart of a community and as such it’s used for a whole range of purposes besides education. You may not have kids, but you’ve probably used a local school to vote, or to attend a meeting, or a fitness class.

This multi-purpose nature means schools face a unique challenge: balancing open access for the community with a secure environment for students and staff. School security gates offer a solution, providing controlled access points while ensuring schools remain welcoming spaces.

Being able to control who enters the school at all times is crucial to the protection of students and staff. At 1st Choice Electrical and Security Systems, we understand the unique security challenges faced by schools in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and North London. We specialise in designing and installing custom school security gates that prioritise student safety, efficient traffic flow, and effective access control.

Why Your School Needs Security Gates

Schools hold a tremendous responsibility of safeguarding the well-being of students and staff. Security gates are a vital tool in fulfilling this duty. Here’s why:

Improved Safety for Your School Premises

Security gates establish a clear perimeter, helping to prevent unauthorised visitors from entering school grounds during the day. This minimises potential risks to students and staff, creating a more secure learning environment.

Controlled Access

Gates allow schools to manage who enters the premises, both during and outside school hours. This helps ensure that only authorised employees, students, and approved visitors can access the premises.

Deterrence of Crime

The very presence of security gates acts as a deterrent to theft and vandalism. Knowing the school takes security seriously can discourage potential intruders, protecting valuable school property and resources.

Choosing the Right School Security Gates

The best type of security gate for your school depends on your specific layout and security needs. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Location – Where do you envision installing the gates? Main entrances, back entrances, and car parks often have different requirements. Consider whether you need gates for pedestrian traffic, vehicle traffic, or both.
  • Traffic Flow – Do you need to manage a high volume of students and staff entering and exiting the school grounds? Turnstiles can help manage pedestrian flow efficiently, while automatic gates offer a convenient solution for vehicle control in car parks.
  • Level of Security – Assess the desired level of security for your school. For highly sensitive areas or schools with a history of security concerns, consider multiple layers of protection such as CCTV, alarms, and access control systems.

1st Choice Electrical and Security Systems can help you evaluate these factors and design a security solution tailored to your school’s unique needs.

Understanding Your Needs – A Tailored Security Approach

Why Your School Needs Security Gates

1st Choice Electrical and Security Systems understands that every school has unique security requirements. That’s why we take a consultative approach, working closely with you to assess your specific needs and design a solution that integrates effortlessly with your school grounds. Here’s a recent example of our work:

Case Study – Security Upgrade for a Local School

We recently partnered with a local school to upgrade their security infrastructure. Their key priorities were:

  • Streamlined Access Control – They needed a system to efficiently manage traffic flow during peak hours while ensuring only authorised personnel could access the premises outside of school hours.
  • Perimeter Security – They wanted to improve overall perimeter security to deter unauthorised entry.

Our Solution:

  • FAAC Barrier System – We installed a high-quality FAAC barrier system at the main entrance, allowing for controlled vehicle access.
  • Paxton Net2 Intercom Integration – The barrier system was integrated with a Paxton Net2 intercom system, enabling staff to verify visitor identity before granting access.
  • Time Zone Management Training – We provided training to school staff on managing time zones within the system, ensuring controlled access during different times of the day.
  • Matching Perimeter Fence – To enhance the overall security aesthetic, we installed a matching blue perimeter fence that complemented the new barrier system and enhanced security at the entrance.

The result? A significant improvement in overall security, streamlined access control, and peace of mind for the school community.

Customising Your School Security Gates

Your school gates are more than just a security measure; they’re a statement about your school’s identity. At 1st Choice, we offer the flexibility to incorporate your school colours, logo, or even student-designed artwork into your security gates. This creates a welcoming and cohesive look that aligns with the look and feel of the school community.

Building Community Through Security

A new security gate installation offers an opportunity to engage the entire school community. Encourage students to participate in the design process, fostering a sense of ownership and pride in their school’s safety. You could even host a special event to officially open the gates, further highlighting the importance of school security and collaboration.

1st Choice: Your Trusted Security Partner

1st Choice Electrical and Security Systems prioritises both technical excellence and a commitment to safeguarding your school community.

  • Certified Expertise. Our entire team of designers and installers hold CAMESAFE accreditation. This signifies our in-depth knowledge and adherence to the highest safety standards in gate and barrier automation.
  • Enhanced Trust. All our staff members are DBS checked, ensuring they are cleared to work in educational environments.
  • Decades of Experience. Every member of the 1st Choice team brings at least a decade of experience in the security industry. This translates to a deep understanding of your school’s unique challenges and the ability to provide reliable, long-term solutions.

When you choose 1st Choice, you’re choosing a security partner dedicated to professionalism, reliability, and the well-being of your students and staff.

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Protect your students and staff. Contact 1st Choice Electrical and Security Systems for a free security consultation today.


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

  • 1st Choice Security Systems - When I was looking for a state of the art security solution for my house, I was provided with an in-depth site survey & Consultation (Free of charge) before being given a fantastic service. I am very impressed and would highly recommend.Dev Patel

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