Product Feature – School Railings

Product Feature – School Railings

When it comes to school railings, safety and security are some of the first things that come to mind. With the responsibility of making the students feel safe within the school’s perimeter, metal railings are an ideal way to achieve this.

However, this is also a good opportunity to represent your school’s image and brand.

St. Bartholomew's School, Brighton

What kind of railings are typically seen around schools today?

It is not uncommon to see mesh styled fencing around schools as it is relatively cost-effective and easily replaced, but if you are looking for an aesthetically pleasing touch to your school railings, mesh may not be your first choice.

With bespoke metal railings, you can incorporate school colours, text, logos, and motifs as a way to show a positive image of the school as well as keep students safe.

Schools can take advantage of this to make their school stand out from the rest – with the perimeter railings and exterior of the school being the first thing you see, taking a more decorative approach to your school fencing could potentially give a boost to the first impressions of your school!

Benefits of metal railings on schools

Traditional railings for schools have many benefits, and they are not just purely for aesthetic purposes.


All Alpha Rail metalwork is galvanised as standard to BS EN ISO 1461, which is the standard for hot-dip galvanised coating on fabricated steel items – this process will protect the metalwork from corrosion.

Norwood school metal railings


Enhanced durability can be achieved by a factory-applied polyester powder coated finish in a RAL colour of your choice. These finishes combined will enable your metalwork to see a lifespan in excess of 30 years with minimal maintenance!

Due to this, metal school railings are the preferred choice over wooden fencing as they last longer, and the danger of students getting wood splinters in their hands is removed.

Metal railings and gate at Windy Arbor school

Metal railings and gate at Windy Arbor School

British Standards Compliant

As standard, all Alpha Rail products are manufactured to satisfy BS 1722 part 9, which is the relevant British Standard for vertical bar railings. However, where required, they can also be designed in accordance with BS EN 1176, which denotes the design and specification considerations when installing metal railings to a children’s play area. It states that the gaps between infills must not exceed 89mm, as anything larger may allow for a small child to get their head stuck between the bars. Where bow top railings are used in a school environment, the hoops at the top are also shorter for the same reason.


Cumnor House School

How can Alpha Rail help?

For those looking for a metalwork solution on their school, university or college that stands out from the crowd, get in touch with our sales team who would be happy to discuss your requirements.

Contact our sales department via email at, or call 01623 750 214.

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