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5 Types of signs for schools

There are lots of different signs that you can have in your school, each serving a unique purpose; either to inspire, educate or inform. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the different types of school signs that you might want to consider.

1. Entrance signs for schools

School entrance signs are arguably one of the most important types of sign for schools, helping your visitors, staff and students find you. And a well-designed and good quality welcome sign will create a positive long-lasting impression to parents, students and the wider community.

Consider installing a school welcome sign:

  • Near your main entrance gate – perhaps a simple sign board mounted onto a school fence, or a post and panel sign installed into the ground.
  • Outside your reception area – often, this is an ideal spot for your main fascia sign.
  • Somewhere that’s highly visible to passing footfall and traffic – consider an additional outdoor building sign if you're in a busy area to make sure your school is highly visible.

Bilingual signs for schools

Welcome signs in different languages for schools are becoming increasingly popular – particularly in areas with a highly diverse community with lots of different nationalities. Having bilingual signs will help students and visitors who speak other languages to feel welcome and included at your school.

2. Directional signs for schools

Wayfinding and directional signs help students find their way around your school without any fuss.

Some wayfinding systems include:

  • Multi-directional fingerpost signs – ideal for schools with a number of buildings, where each finger points in the direction of a different location.
  • Post and panel signs and monoliths – perfect for displaying a map of the school with the label ‘you are here’.
  • Internal directory signs – these systems can be mounted to the wall or free-standing and should be placed in high traffic areas.
  • Room signs for schools - there are lots of options available for room number signs, including acrylic plaques, Foamex boards, brushed or chrome aluminum signs, and more.

3. Display signs for schools

Indoor signs for schools can be used to create inspirational spaces, introduce your leadership team and communicate your school’s mission.

Some ways to use internal signage at your school:

  • Custom wall graphics and vinyl lettering - create zones within shared spaces, such as canteens, corridors, libraries, study centres, and more. For example, a bespoke vinyl wall wrap can create a calming, sensory space for children with special needs.
  • Notice boards - help keep your students and their parents informed of any news and upcoming events.
  • Interactive awards and champion’s boards - these can be magnetic or dry-wipe, and customised to your school’s branding.
  • Bespoke display systems - showcase your student’s work.

4. School Ofsted Signs

Shout about your Ofsted rating with large outdoor banners. Promotional PVC banners are affordable, durable and eye-catching, and can be mounted to your school fence or the side of your building.

You’ve worked hard to achieve your rating, so make sure everybody hears about it with custom Ofsted banners. 

5. Signage for students with communication difficulties

The school experience should be inclusive for everyone, and that means for those with communication difficulties too. Some children with special educational needs may require visual aids, such as Makaton and PECS.

Accessible signage can be used to improve experiences for children with communication difficulties:

  • Custom communication boards - widget symbols with key phrases can be placed around the school. For example, school playground signs may feature symbols for ‘toilet’, ‘water’ and ‘rest’. Similar boards can be made for classrooms, the canteen, and other key areas.
  • Interactive classroom door signs - help children find the right classroom.
  • Magnetic ‘first-then’ sequence boards and timetables - perfect for communicating what will happen throughout the day to children with autism. For example, 'first circle time, then art'.
  • Health and safety signs in schools - should also be accessible for children with communication difficulties, providing visual support to help them understand. For example, “when you hear the fire alarm, exit the school” or “look left, right, left, before crossing the road” for road signs near schools.

About Sign Logic

We’re a sign company based in Northampton and have partnered with various schools, colleges and universities to roll out a clear and consistent brand identity through excellent quality signage. As well as working with individual schools, we’re also the signage partner for a number of multi-academy trusts, providing them with a single point of contact to manage multiple site signage projects.

So if you’re looking for a new signage partner, then why not speak to our team today.

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