How to get creative with school signage
When you think of creative school improvement ideas, school signage may not immediately spring to mind…
Many people believe that school signage is simply a practical necessity that helps pupils and visitors make their way around the school. This is true to a point but there’s no reason that practical cannot be beautiful too!
Your school signs are often the very first thing people see when they arrive at your school. They’re a chance to reflect your ethos, reinforce your branding, give a warm welcome and set the tone before someone has even stepped foot through your school gates.
Here we’ll explore some examples of how to get creative with school signage.
A fresh start
When last did you review your school signage? With a million things on your to do list, school signs may not be one of your top priorities. In fact, they might not even be classed as a marketing task, falling instead under the realm of building maintenance. But school signage can do wonders for your image and reputation. It forms part of your school’s visual environment, so attention to detail is key.
A modern entrance, fresh wayfinding signs, smart welcome banners and wall fixtures that share your school’s motto, vision and values can be immensely uplifting for pupils and teachers. Signage will be noticed by Ofsted inspectors, new teachers and parents attending Open Days to choose their perfect school.
Take a walk
The best way to review your school signage is to mimic the journey that a visitor might take upon arriving at your school.
- Start at your school gates – what kind of welcome do you receive at this point?
- Make your way to the school office – are directions clear and easy to follow?
- Are wayfinding signs clean, up to date and branded with your school colours and logo?
- Take a look at the walls around your reception area – are they bright, warm and welcoming?
- Do your school hallways guide students between lessons and provide inspiration for learning, curiosity and motivation?
This simple exercise can help give an objective view of whether your school signs are working for you, or whether they need a makeover.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s more critical than ever to keep students and staff safe within your school grounds. At Promote Your School, we’ve had an influx of requests for school safety signs as pupils begin returning to school after the Coronavirus lockdown. In fact, we offer free school safety signage packs to all present and past customers (email firstname.lastname@example.org to request yours).
School safety signs need not be dull and drab. The more attractive and eye catching your design, the more likely people will take notice and heed the instructions. Safety signs can be used on your walls, doors, windows and floors.
Pupils may need some help getting to grips with new social distancing rules at school and an increased focus on handwashing and hygiene. You might also have new procedures for grouped evacuations in the event of an emergency or new protocols for traveling between lessons. It’s very important to update any safety signs with specific advice about Covid-19 to protect students and staff.
The great outdoors
Many schools are turning to the outdoors for design inspiration on their school signs. A beautiful nature-inspired design on your school fence or gates can hide unsightly views, improve privacy for pupils and create a sense of calm as people enter your school. According to the mental health charity, Mind, spending time in nature can benefit your mental and physical wellbeing.
Images of trees, flowers, greenery and wildlife mixed with some colourful fonts and messaging will breathe new life into your school fence. You can also use your school signs to showcase your school values. This can serve as a reminder to pupils when they arrive at school each day. They can also reassure parents that their children are in a nurturing environment that’s focused on their wellbeing and development.
If you’re keen to see more examples of creative school signage, visit our case studies section. All school signs are designed bespoke by our talented in-house team and we’ll manage the entire process for you, including print and installation. Get in touch to find out more or request a free quote.