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Locks for School Lockers - The Facts!

Updated: Jan 19, 2023

Helping you choose the right locks for your school lockers

So you are looking to buy lockers for your school but you are not sure which ones will suit your needs.

In this article, we look at each type and the pro's and cons to help you make an informed choice.

Cam locks and keys

Cam lock and keys are the industry term for a simple lock and key fitting which sits in a locker door. These are normally supplied with two keys and can be operated with a master key.

Pros: No cost option on most new lockers, easy to use

Cons: Key management can be a nightmare, cost of replacement keys

Hasp & Staple locks

Hasp and staple locks are the name given to door fitting that accepts a padlock rather than a key. With this option, either the school supply the padlock or the student.

Pros: No cost option on most new lockers, Student can take responsibility for their own padlock, no management system required, No lost keys

Cons: You may need to cut padlocks off from time to time, Can look scruffy with lots of different padlock types.

Mechanical combination locks

Mechanical combination locks are starting to prove extremely popular in school lockers.

As the name suggests they use mechanical tumblers to access the code. Whilst there is now plenty of choice at a variety of different price points, it's important to consult with someone who knows these locks well. There are a lot of poor quality mechanical locks on the market in the UK and buying the wrong ones could prove costly and time-consuming.

Pros: Easy to use, no key management, smart looking, master override key

Cons: More expensive than the above options, Lots of cheap, poor quality locks on the market.

Electronic combination locks

Electronic combination locks are door-mounted fittings that allow the user to access the locker by inputting a four-digit code. These locks are battery operated and either use a key or code override. There are lots of manufacturers now producing these locks, each one has a different range of features depending on customer requirements.

Pros: Easy to use, no key management, smart looking, master override key or code, packed with features depending on which lock you go for.

Cons: More expensive than the above options, You will have to change batteries every so often, reliability of some locks in the market.

As you can see, none of these locks is perfect, but each one may be more practical for your school. get in touch with our team and we'll help you decide which is the right choice for you.

You can reach us on 01953 718221 or by email at

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