School notice boards are very popular in school premises around the UK. From displaying students’ artwork and posters to pinning up important events and announcements, they are an economical, effective and easy way of getting information across.
If you’re thinking about purchasing a notice board for your school, there are a few factors you may want to explore beforehand. Keep reading this guide to find out more about what makes a great notice board for schools.
When it comes to choosing the size, bigger is not always better. If you are purchasing a notice board to proudly display some of your students’ best works of art, then a bigger board can give each masterpiece its own space to shine. But if you are purchasing a notice board for educational or informative purposes, then it’s likely that information is just going to get lost on a big board.
Fortunately, this scenario is easily avoided. Simply opt to budget for several smaller notice boards on which informative displays can be created without any tussle room in the middle.
You need to think carefully about where the notice board is going to go. Position your notice board in an area that has plenty of footfall but also provides sufficient space to allow people to stop and look at the board without causing an obstruction.
You’ll also need to consider the height of the notice board on the wall as the further away from eye level information is the less likely it is to be seen. Position your notice board slightly above eye-level height so that notices don’t get damaged by people brushing past, and students can read them easily.
Depending on whether the board is going in a primary or secondary school, colour provides a fun and effective way of turning heads. Younger children may find a colourful notice board filled with shapes and decorations to be a great way of communication without having to use complicated language if they aren’t at reading age yet.
Similarly, colour is just as important in a high school setting. If you don’t create a fun display that is focused on a main concept or theme, students are likely to just walk past. Choosing an eye-catching colour scheme for your notice board will get even the cool kids to stop and read the information pinned on it.
What are the different types of school notice boards?
It’s a good idea to think about the purpose of the board before buying yours. Will it be used to create semi-permanent displays, or will the displays be changed often? The answer to this will help you decide on the type of board you need.
Cork notice boards
Considered to be the classic notice board, cork boards can be used to pin up important dates and notices. They may look a little basic, but they always get the job done and are available in a wide range of sizes.
Dual combination notice boards are an excellent investment for schools and classrooms. They provide everything a teacher needs to teach a class effectively, especially in classrooms where the lack of wall space may be a cause for concern.
Lockable notice boards
For important notices that need to be seen without interference, lockable notice boards are the best option. Most are tamper-proof and fire-resistant and are ideal for use in high-traffic areas like school entrances and assembly halls.
Outdoor notice boards
These provide a great way of keeping parents up to date with new information about school reports, uniforms and exams. They are lockable, weatherproof and designed to be perfect for outdoor use all year round.
Framed/frameless notice boards
Framed notice boards offer a more durable, stronger board than frameless boards and surround the board with concealed corner wall fixings. However frameless notice boards portray a professional and fashionable appearance that gives your school a more modern look.