UK school keeps dirt out of classrooms with Frontrunner matting | Plastex

Frontrunner Plus helps keeps dirt out of classrooms

The arrival of temporary classrooms at St Andrews CE Primary School meant the school needed an urgent short-term solution to keep dirt out of the buildings.

The problem

When St Andrews CE Primary School took over an existing school site in West Sussex, in the south of England, temporary classrooms were set up to minimize the disruption to students. With over 400 students passing through the doors each day, there was an urgent need for entrance matting that would stop debris from being tracked inside – and help to reduce cleaning costs.

The checklist

  • Scrapes, cleans and dries shoes and wheels at the point of entry
  • Helps to reduce ongoing maintenance and labour costs
  • Withstands high levels of traffic
  • Easy to cut to fit on site
  • Quick to install without any advance templating

The solution

The school needed temporary entrance matting both internally and externally, so two products from our Frontrunner Entrance range were installed to create an integrated system. Outside, Frontrunner Entry’s aggressive diamond tread pattern scrapes shoes and wheels clean, while the open grid structure allows debris to fall away, effectively trapping and preventing it from being tracked inside. Inside, Frontrunner Plus’ heavy-duty absorbent carpet inserts remove moisture and dry shoes.

This unique ‘scrape and clean’ system helps to reduce cleaning intervals, extends the life of floor finishes and keeps interiors looking smarter for longer. Though initially a temporary measure, Frontrunner was so successful at maintaining high levels of cleanliness that the local authority architects were persuaded to change their original specification, and use Frontrunner for all entrances to the new school.

At a glance


West Sussex County Council


High performance entrance matting that effectively scrapes, cleans and dries shoes and wheels at the point of entry.


West Sussex, UK



Product spotlight

Frontrunner Plus

Frontrunner Plus is an absorbent entrance mat specifically designed to not only stop dirt in its tracks, but moisture too.

Seamless integration

Choose from modules with ramped PVC edging, rolls in standard widths and 33' lengths, or order a custom size

Simple installation

One-piece construction means you can cut to fit on site, with no previous site visits needed

Easy to maintain

Simply roll or lift to clean, no special tools needed

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"As you can imagine, 420 pupils have the propensity of transferring a large amount of shoe dirt into the school. Cleaning costs money so we were anxious that the very best precautions would be taken. We were fortunate that trials with the temporary accommodation led us to find the right solution."
Chris Luckin, headteacher, St Andrews CE Primary School

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