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The Royal High School Edinburgh

The Royal High School (RHS) of Edinburgh is a co-educational state school administered by the City of Edinburgh Council.

The school was founded in 1128 and is one of the oldest schools in Scotland, and has, throughout its history, been high achieving, consistently attaining well above average exam results.

It serves 1,250 pupils drawn from four associate primaries in the north-west of the city: Blackhall, Clermiston, Cramond and Davidson’s Mains, although some pupils come from outside these primary schools.

The school has excellent facilities and a reputation for innovation in education, piloting several new initiatives over the years.

The current rector, Jane Frith, is the first woman to head the school.

The Brief

In any school, the ability for pupils to have access to personal storage is essential and, with 1,250 pupils, the Royal High School Edinburgh is no different. One of the first tasks that the newly incumbent rector, Jane Frith, had on her list was to increase the storage provision substantially, tripling the number of individual lockers from 100 to 300.

As the UK’s largest manufacturer of lockers, Link 51 & Cupboards Lockers was tasked to provide a suitable configuration appropriate to the school’s layout.

The Solution

Given the availability of space, the ideal location for the additional lockers was in the school’s wide corridors and spacious stairwells. This in turn would provide pupils with unrestricted access, without creating unnecessary choke-points.

Following appropriate CAD surveys, blocks of standard four-door lockers were installed at the school, each 1,800mm high.

All lockers were manufactured to BS4680 — the industry standard for clothes lockers — and utilise reinforced and stiffened doors for added strength to prevent forced or levered entry. Additionally, the lockers feature welded and riveted 3 knuckle door hinges to increase security and allow for easy door replacement.

Standard deadlocks were fitted with pupils safeguarding their own keys.

Finished in powder blue, the lockers also feature a unique BioCote® protective finish as standard, to help reduce the risks associated with bacterial cross-contamination from surfaces with high contact frequency.

“We are very pleased with the new lockers and there were no issues with their installation, which took place with minimal disruption. The lockers are robust, secure and integrate well, whilst serving an important function here at the school.”

Jane Frith, Rector

By using Link 51 Lockers and Cupboards, The Royal High School of Edinburgh benefited from:

  • UK-based in-house manufacturing capability
  • Fully managed market-leading storage solutions
  • Extensive project management expertise
  • Substantial knowledge and experience
  • High-quality product range combining strength, durability and operational reliability
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