School Signs – Signs for Schools – Sign Solutions for Schools,
There are so many headings that we could use. Schools need signs for so many applications. School entrance signs, school directional signs, school safety signs, internal directional signs, notice boards, lockable notice boards, presentation plaques, opened by plaques the list is endless.
School Informational signage
All schools have lockable notice boards either for exterior use in the playground keeping parents up to date with all the schools news and current affairs or internal lockable notice boards for use by teachers and students. The exterior lockable notice boards can be either wall mounted or fixed onto metal posts. The exterior grade lockable notice boards are made to a different specification to the internal lockable notice boards. They have a more robust construction and are available with a magnetic metal internal panel so that bluetac /tape or magnets can be used. The school’s name can also be added as a header either inside the lockable notice board or as a separate header above. The internal lockable notice boards come with a felt internal backing panel (fire retardant) and all lockable notice boards have polycarbonate doors. They come in many different sizes ranging from A4, A3, A2, A1, and A0 or as 20 x 30, 30 x 40, and 40 x 60. Certain type of lockable notice boards can be made to order to a specified size. Certain ranges of lockable notice boards can also be supplied with internal illumination.
School Presentation Signs
With so many schools being upgraded, renamed or rebranded there is a requirement for `opened by` plaques which can be made in either stainless steel or brass. They are etched / engraved and with the text filled in black however the text can also be filled in a colour relevant to the school. The schools logo or crest can also be included and filled either in black or the schools colours. The stainless steel plaques or brass plaques can also be supplied with a solid timber base which sets of the stainless steel plaque or brass plaque really well. It also gives a good base for the stainless steel plaque or brass plaque if it is being fitted outside on brick or rendered wall. The stainless steel plaque or brass plaque can be made to the size required although A4 tends to be a popular default size.
School Entrance Signs
Aluminium signs on metal posts are used for most school entrance signs. The posts are usually about 75mm diameter and are fixed to the aluminium sign panel with chanel fixing to the rear of the aluminium sign panel – the same as you see with road and traffic signs. The aluminium sign panel is supplied as 3mm thick and with radius corners, The vinyl graphics are either self adhesive applied vinyl or digitally printed graphics which are laminated to the 3mm aluminium sign panel – it depends on the artwork as to which method is used. It is usually advisable to have the graphics laminated with a clear anti graffiti laminate. The 3mm aluminium sign panel can also be supplied with holes drilled for wall fixing. These signs are the first thing prospective parents will see when visiting the school and are usually the starting point for the school branding .
School Name and Identity
An alternative and popular modern way of naming a school is to have brushed stainless steel letters or polished stainless steel letters. Stainless steel letters can be fixed to exterior walls with either brass locator fixings which automatically raise the letters away from the wall or threaded rod fixings so that the letters can be fitted flush to the wall or to your own spacing. Stainless steel letters come in different thicknesses either 1.5mm, 2mm or 3mm. Polished stainless steel letters are supplied in 3mm thickness as a default because if you used a thinner stainless steel the fixings could show through the face. The brushed stainless steel can be supplied in any of the thicknesses. As all letters are supplied to order they can be cut in any suitable font or to artwork supplied in the correct format. If the school is close to the sea then it would be recommended to use 316 marine grade stainless steel. Stainless steel letters are also available as built up stainless steel. These are metal letters which are built up with a return to them (return being 10% of the letters height as a rule of thumb) making the metal letters look like they are really thick and solid.
School Wayfinding and Directional Signage
Internal signage for schools is varied. To name or label a school block or area you can either have a basic sign in 3mm alupanel (an aluminium composite material) with self adhesive vinyl graphics applied or for a more prestigious look you can use acrylic moulded letters or reflective moulded letters. Again the metal letters can also be used as they can be cut quite small if required. When supplied on a smaller scale they are supplied with a double sided tape to the rear for fixing. The moulded acrylic letters or reflective moulded letters are supplied in standard colours and to standard fonts and sizes which covers most schools requirements. They can also be made to the schools font and height but that would require a new mould being made and at an extra cost. If the signs are in a heavy traffic area and need to be safe from little hands then clear acrylic with reverse printed graphics is a good option. They can be easily cleaned and the graphic is safe behind the clear acrylic. The clear acrylic signs can be screw fixed to doors or fixed above the door by screws or double sided tape. Engraved laminate is another safe option as the text cannot be picked off .Laminate is supplied in various colour ways. For a more prestigious look gold acrylic can be engraved and filled black and has the advantage over brass of not needing to be polished. Door numbers can be supplied in either flat cut acrylic supplied with holes drilled or stainless steel. Flat cut acrylic numbers can be supplied in any standard suitable font and as they are cut to order any suitable size. Acrylic colours range from black/white/red/green/blue/gold/silver -see the acrylic colour chart for the full range. Stainless steel metal numbers are the same as flat cut acrylic being cut to order and to the size and font required. Brushed stainless steel numbers or polished stainless steel numbers can be glued in position if they are too small to have holes drilled.
School Advertising and Fundraising Signs
There is often a need for temporary signs for fetes, fairs , concerts and other fundraising events. Banners are a good way to advertise these events. Banners are made from reinforced PVC and if stored properly can last for years. Banners are supplied hemmed and eyeleted all round ready to hang. PVC banners can advertise a one off event or a regular annual event . As the banners are eyeleted all round they are easily hung on the school fence. If you need to advertise in lots of places then correx boards are the answer. Correx is a fluted lightweight board which is very durable and can be tied in place or mounted onto a solid back board if it is to be freestanding. Correx sign panels can be screen printed (if a large quantity is required) or supplied with self adhesive vinyl graphics applied.