Good signage can bring many benefits to a school. It can improve punctuality, increase safety, celebrate achievement and promote the school’s values and brand. In this post, we’ll look at these benefits in more detail and show you the different types of signage that are best used for each purpose.
Punctuality is important to schools because it cuts down the amount of learning time which is lost. However, in large schools, it can take children quite a while to get from one classroom to another. If the average time taken moving between lessons is five minutes, then over an academic year, that adds up to 81 hours of lost teaching time. That’s equivalent to over three weeks of lessons.
Delays in getting from A to B are often caused by poor traffic flow within the school, especially when there are narrow corridors or entrances that become bottlenecks. Children may know they need to walk on the left or take a particular route when leaving a room, but they don’t always follow it. The easy solution for this is to install signs which remind the children what to do.
Ceiling suspended wayfinding signs are one of the best options for reminding students which side of the corridor to use as they can be seen from above in a crowded space. Simple arrow signs with ‘This Way’ written on them can be placed at eye-level opposite the doors to classrooms to show them the direction they need to take.
Using these signs, corridor traffic jams are less likely and the resulting delays they cause can cease, helping everyone get the next lesson started earlier.
Another punctuality issue is that people get lost. New pupils and staff, supply teachers and visitors can find unfamiliar school layouts very confusing. Even those who have been there a while won’t be familiar with every room in every building. For this reason, the use of well-placed and easily readable wayfinding signs is critical. These can include ‘You are Here’ maps, external signposts, and signs which indicate which department or room people have arrived at.
Safeguarding is at the top of every school’s list of priorities and signage plays a key role in keeping pupils and staff safe. Installing the necessary health and safety signs is particularly important. These will be needed across the school, especially in areas where potentially hazardous equipment and materials are stored and used, such as in science, technology and PE departments. You also need to ensure that fire alarms, fire exits and muster points are clearly signposted and that every classroom and corridor has a sign which tells where the nearest fire exit, alarm and muster point is.
In addition to the health and safety signs that schools have an obligation to display, many schools require other forms of signage to ensure that their own rules are adequately displayed. Typical examples include, ‘Staff Only’, ‘No Entry’, ‘No Ball Games’ and ‘No Hot Food to be Taken Out’ signs. These signs may need to be installed both internally and externally.
Celebrate achievement and promoting events
One of the main ways schools celebrate achievement or promote events is by displaying a printed PVC vinyl banner near the entrance gate. This enables it to be seen by pupils, parents, visitors and anyone else who passes by. They are often used to proudly display, ‘Outstanding School’ or ‘Best Ever GCSE Results’. They are also used let people know about open evenings, school productions, summer fairs and other events. Available in any design and in a wide range of sizes and shapes, promotional banners are a great way to make a big impact on a small budget.
Promoting core values and brand
Many schools promote their core values by creating a highly visual representation of key words which is put on show in a prominent place. To emphasise their importance to the school, the values, such as humility, compassion, integrity, courage and determination are made into large displays, often featuring the colours and corporate typeface of the school.
Signage is one of the best ways to display these words. For example, they can be hung in the main entrance as a series of floor to ceiling vertical banners, they can be printed onto large flags, created using stunning flat cut or 3D built-up letters on specially designed backgrounds. They can even be illuminated.
Whilst instilling your values is critical inside your school, externally, it is important to promote the school’s brand. As 70% of business customers believe the quality of a store’s sign reflects the quality of its products, it’s just as feasible that a similar number of people believe a school’s sign reflects the quality of its education. If a school wants to be proud of its brand and wants to attract new students and the best staff, it’s crucial, therefore, to have a school sign that does a good job.
There is a wide range of choices for external school signs, though monolith signs are very popular because they can be created to feature important branding symbols like your school logo, motto, typeface and colours. They are also glossy and professional looking whilst being hardwearing and durable.
Great signage can help schools in a variety of ways, reducing lost learning time, helping pupils to stay safe, letting the local community know about your achievements and events, and for promoting your core values and school brand. For each of these, there are different types of sign that can be chosen, giving you a choice that is best for your purposes and your budget.
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