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Happy pupils learn more readily at school

There are a number of qualities that are seen in effective learners, perseverance and passion for example. But what is the link between happiness and student success? Daniel Gilbert, Harvard Psychologist defines happiness as “frequent positive feelings accompanied by an overall sense that one’s life has meaning” Research Schools International in the USA, conducted a study at St Andrew’s Episcopal...

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How shelters can be used to expand school provision

The Department for Education has a challenge to create the 420,000 new school places that are needed between 2016 and 2021 and there are a number of ways that this can be achieved. New schools are being built, free schools are being funded and existing schools are receiving capital funding to maintain, improve and expand facilities.

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Yellow playground tepee at St John’s School in London

The resulting Tepee with Yellow fabric roofing (RAL 1021) and Blue steel (RAL 5015) makes a bold design statement on the campus. Children have additional protection with the addition of post pads to all uprights. Where there was no shelter there is now a new area which, because of the waterproof fabric, offers both shade from the sun’s UV rays and shelter from the rain. Somewhere new for the boys to enjoy some fresh air, regardless of what the weather has in store.

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The benefits of eating outdoors

With so much of our lives spent indoors, if you can be outdoors to eat it can be very beneficial for your concentration, stress levels, creativity and more. There is a lot of research which highlights the benefits of spending time outdoors; reducing heart rate, blood pressure, lowering stress hormones and easing muscle tension. It can even boost your mood....

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Large outdoor nursery canopy in North Oxfordshire

The result is a wonderful, functional outdoor area for the children at NOA’s Ark, which can be enjoyed all year round. The fabric is bright and engaging and complements the new nursery building perfectly. The quality of the products mean that the canopy will be enjoyed for many years to come. There are many designs, shapes and sizes of school canopies, from fabric ones like this, to steel and polycarbonate structures from our Motiva Range.

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Multicoloured school canopy in Lowestoft

The coloured roofing makes it a fun area and when the sun shines it can throw colourful patterns on to the playground below. How magical. The options for this sheltered space are endless. The children can enjoy lessons outside or sit and chat at break times. They can shelter from the rain or laze away the warm summer lunch breaks away from the sun’s UV rays. There are many designs, shapes and sizes of school canopies, from steel and polycarbonate like this one, to fabric roofed structures such as Umbrellas and Tepees. These can have shade cloth or waterproof PVC fabric, depending on how that are intended to be used.

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Outdoor seating canopy at Coleg Gwent, Newport Campus

The resulting space now has modern tables and benches underneath and the shade sails look fabulous. This new area, which was previously an unused space, adds seating for students to eat and drink socialise or indeed study. All protected from the sun’s UV rays to ensure students remain sun safe. These sails can be configured in any number of ways, overlapping, square or triangular sails, or indeed completely bespoke structures.

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School entrance canopy at Ripley Academy in Derbyshire

The entrance is now clearly distinguishable, protected from the weather and complements the new building beautifully. Rainwater is effectively managed by gutters and downpipes and it looks great too. Ripley Academy are very fortunate to have such a tremendous school and we hope that they enjoy learning and socialising in their new campus areas for many years to come.

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Spectator canopy installed at Haughmond Football Club in Shrewsbury

The new structure not only looks smart, it offers some welcome shade and shelter to the football supporters and spectators. They are protected from UV rays as well as rain on wet days. This means that they can offer their unwavering support to Haughmond Football Club, throughout the sean, no matter what the weather has in store. What a relief!

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