Security Gates for Schools

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1st Choice Installs Security Gates for Schools

Is the popularity of security gates for schools a sign of the times? Yes and no. Schools have always been a community hub, walking a tightrope between public access and maintaining the safety of students. A few decades ago most students would have walked to and from school, carrying bags full of physical books and pens. Now most students get dropped off in cars, and their bags contain phones and laptops. As times change, so do the means of securing public spaces.

Many schools now have to manage a large parking area as part of their school. This makes the job of securing the perimeter more difficult. Added to this is the fact that schools now house tech equipment which is far more attractive to intruders than paper, books and whiteboards ever were. Schools are now having to find ways to monitor access effectively, without turning the site into a fortress.

Security Gates for Schools Monitor Access

Keeping school students, staff and property safe is of paramount importance, and automatic gates are a key component in developing an effective solution. Before making any recommendations to schools, 1st Choice Security Systems engineers carry out a security survey of the site. This identifies vulnerabilities, and allows us to make recommendations regarding the type of gate, and its optimum positioning.

In most instances we recommend installing security gates at the main entrance to the school. This may be supplemented by another gate if the entrance to the car park is separate. The choice is then whether to fit a manual, or automatic gate.

  • Manual Parking Barriers. A manual swing arm barrier can be locked either in the closed or open position. This is ideal if you want gates which are open at specific times of the day, but are locked in place overnight and during school holidays.
  • Automatic Gates. These allow schools to keep track of who’s entering the school. They will also keep out intruders. We can fit swing, or sliding automatic gates with an intercom entry system, keypad, or swipe system.

School Security Gates Can Be Customised

One of the questions we get asked quite a lot is about the look of the security gates we install. Banish from your mind those images of metal prison gates. 1st Choice designers create bespoke school gates designs in wood, aluminium, steel or wrought iron. Often the children get involved in designing how the gates will look. The 1st Choice team can also include them at specific points in the installation. There is often a ‘grand opening’ which can be quite an event!

Working With 1st Choice Security Systems

1st Choice Security Systems has been working in and around educational environment for over a decade so all our engineers 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, car park barriers or security systems in the education sector 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

  • 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