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“They took into consideration all of the practicalities that made the end product just what we wanted it to be.”

Business Manager, Our Lady’s RC High School

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“We would definitely use A&S Landscape again for any future work and we will be recommending them to other schools.”

Business Manager, St Wilfrid’s High School

Wolverley Business Manager

“The way that A&S Landscape works meant the school were happy to have the work done during term-time.”

Business Manager, Wolverley CE School

Primary School Canopies

Designing, manufacturing, and installing primary school canopies is one of the core strengths of our business. We have worked with hundreds of primary schools across the UK to maximise their outdoor provision and to enable more children to enjoy free flow play, outdoor learning, and many other outdoor activities. Our canopies can also be used to cover walkways, create a sheltered space for pick up and drop off times and to protect outdoor dining areas from the worst of the British weather.

Benefiting from a robust steel frame that can be finished in any RAL colour, our shelters can seamlessly blend in with the look of your school or alternatively add a pop of colour to any outdoor area. With one of the largest ranges of freestanding canopies, we are sure to have the design for you. Our tailor-made approach means we are able to work with any dimensions and provide a covered solution in the most complex of areas, while our range of post protector pads offer enhanced protection from any bumps or trips.

One of the most enjoyable parts of our job is to see the huge positive benefits our canopies can bring to a school. To see the children laughing, playing, hopping and skipping their way through a rainy day is one of the main reasons we do what we do. We would love to work with you to transform your outdoor area. Our simple process and years of experience ensure the highest levels of service, every step of the way.

Learn More About Our Work With Primary School Canopies

Shelton Infants School

The Willow Primary School

Look through some of our featured primary school projects

Rainbow Playground Canopy for Llandysul School in Wales

Shelter we designed for Llandysul SchoolLlandysul School in Wales is a brand new school, built ready for the 2016/17 school year. What makes it so special is that it’s a ‘super school’, admitting students from age 3 all the way to 19. it gives them an all in one schooling experience that many don’t get. As it was such a new and exciting project, it needed primary school canopies that were just a little bit different. After consulting with our team, the school decided on a series of Motiva Linear canopies. As this was a special school, these were made just that little bit differently. The canopies use multicoloured roofs, to create a rainbow effect as pupils walk under them. It’s a small touch but one that fits the school perfectly. The students love it, and their practicality makes them an excellent addition to the new building. No other school has a shelter quite like these ones. To see more about the playground shelter we installed at Llandysul School click here.

Ranvilles Infant School in Hampshire Add Multicoloured Playground Shelter

Shelter we designed for Ranvilles Infant SchoolWhen looking at making extensions or additions to a school building, you need to think practically. What will give you the most value? What will last longer, and give both pupils and teachers more learning options when they’re in the school? It’s important you think about that, but it’s also important to remember that your school is there to help children grow. Not everything has to be utilitarian. This is something that Ranvilles Infant School knew all well when they were looking into primary school canopies. They needed a canopy that could shelter children from the rain, and add more visual interest to the building. They achieved both with our Motiva Linear canopy. The canopy was installed in yellow, red and blue, making it fun and colourful, something every school needs. Now pupils can play outdoors even when it’s raining, and they have a bright addition to the school that’s sure to raise a smile. Read more about the straight roof shelter we fitted at Ranvilles Infant School.

Crowmoor Primary School in Shropshire Install Curved Roof Canopy

Shelter we added to Crowmoor Primary SchoolWhen you think of primary school canopies, you’ll think of shelters that allow pupils to stay outdoors when the rain starts to come down. This is one of the main reasons many schools have them installed, but it’s not the only one. Crowmoor Primary School needed some shelters installed for several reasons, and the Motiva Mono canopy we installed for them covers so much. Firstly, they do allow cover from the rain, essential if children are to get out and play during break time. As the canopy is so close to the classroom buildings, they can line up at the beginning of the day too, without getting wet. They allow parents to wait outside under shelter at the end of the day, and of course, they improve the aesthetic appearance of the building too. With so many improvements, it’s no wonder that the school decided to install this canopy on the school grounds. To learn more about the playground canopy we added to Crowmoor Primary School, click here.

Colourful Playground Canopies for Billing Brook School in Northampton

Canopy we designed for Billing Brook SchoolWho says that school buildings have to be boring? Billing Brook Academy know they don’t, so that’s why they talked to us about putting in something special on the school grounds. They were looking at primary school canopies, as they wanted to install some sheltered space where children could play without being cooped up indoors once it starts raining. However, they wanted something just that little bit different. They had a Motiva Linear canopy installed, with rainbow coloured roof panels in it. This offers that much-needed cover in wet weather, but also adds a serious pop of colour to the school grounds. When the sun shines directly on them, the reflections look amazing. This canopy is the perfect mix of aesthetics and utility. The well-constructed canopy will keep the rain off pupils for years to come, and the coloured panels are going to be sure to delight them. Read more about the multicoloured shelters we installed at Billing Brook School here.

Old Dalby Primary School Install Playground Shelter in Melton Mowbray

Shelter we installed at Old Dalby SchoolThe playground at Old Dalby Primary School is a large space which is brilliant for the children who attend there. At least, it is when it’s dry. The problem is that it can’t be used when it rains, so that’s where our team came in. The school decided to use a Motiva Mono canopy on the school, in order to provide some much-needed shelter. The canopy offers a lot of benefits for the school. It shelters children from the rain, so they no longer have to put up with wet playtimes stuck in their classrooms. The primary school canopies also offer benefits during the summer, too. As the shelters are designed to sit up against buildings, they offer shade from the sun, making classrooms cooler when you need it the most. The school is seeing the benefit of these canopies now, and they really can get the use out of their playground, whatever the weather looks like. Click here to see more about the curved roof canopy we installed at Old Dalby Primary School.

Coleham Primary School in Shropshire Add a Playground Canopy

Shelter we installed Coleham Primary SchoolSchools are always looking for ways to improve their grounds. Everything they have is put into enriching students’ lives, so any investment has to be made carefully. That’s what Coleham Primary School was thinking when they were looking into primary school canopies. They wanted something that would give them the shelter they were looking for, as well as create a new, exciting space for students. They chose a linear canopy to sit on the side of their building, adding that much-needed shelter and allowing pupils to venture outdoors even on rainy days. What really makes it special, though, is the multicoloured canopy roof. The rainbow colours shine through when it’s sunny, making it even more exciting to explore under. See more about this school shelter we designed for Coleham Primary School.

Read our featured primary school canopy project

Mount Pleasant Primary School in West Yorkshire Adds a School Canopy

Canopy we installed at Mount Pleasant Primary School

What was the project brief?

Mount Pleasant Primary School in Huddersfield recently undertook a complete rebuild of their school buildings. This exciting transformation was completed in September 2018, ready for the academic school year. The new state-of-the-art, top-notch educational facilities were sleek, smart and branded to school colours. However, the school knew that the new facilities were missing an essential element. The perfect environment they had sought out to achieve could only be completed with the addition of an ideal shelter. With the school adopting a high level of care to its students and their all-round development, a school canopy was, therefore, a necessity for the external environment.

With their vision in mind, they required the extensive expertise of a reliable and respectable business. They approached A&S Landscape to design, manufacture and install an efficient shelter, one that would be long-lasting, durable and high quality. In the design stage, it was important to consider the overall aesthetics of the school canopy, as it was required to be the ideal complement to the existing buildings. Being wall-mounted to an exterior wall, the building and shelter needed to blend as if it was just one structure. A high level of detail and accuracy was required from the early stages.

What was our school canopy solution?

Canopy we installed at Mount Pleasant Primary SchoolOur popular Motiva Linear™ shelter turned out to the best choice to reach the full potential of the school’s specific requirements. There were two canopies installed altogether, to the chosen area of alongside one of the school buildings. With the steelwork finished in a stylish Anthracite Grey and the Dura-coat™ protective layer offers exceptional durability alongside a sleek and modern look. The school chose opal polycarbonate roofing which, during the summer months, offers some of the highest UV protection. With the linear roof elevated on the side that is attached to the exterior wall, the canopy effectively allows for water run-off. Needless to say that these types of shelter offer the best weather protection.

What was the result of their new school canopy?

Thanks to the addition of the canopy, there have been many practical benefits enjoyed, which have had a hugely positive impact on the children’s daily routines at the school. As the school had wanted, the shelter is the ideal complement to the school building, adding the final touches to the outdoor spaces of the rebuilt primary school. At the same time, the shelters offer extremely high-quality protection from the weather for the pupils, staff and play equipment which is safely stored underneath. The covered area is sufficient for a number of other practical uses, the two canopies act as outdoor classrooms for teachers, the children can relax here during break times, and it also acts as a covered walkway when moving in-between buildings. It is safe to say that the school canopy has been warmly welcomed by everyone at the school.

Testimonial / Client Feedback

“We are very happy, it is being used well. It is a great investment and the early years children do a lot of outdoor teaching now!”

Primary School Teacher, Mount Pleasant Primary School

About the client

Mount Pleasant Primary SchoolMount Pleasant Primary School is located in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. They believe that children should have no limits when it comes to their achievements, and the school fully support and encourage the lifelong learning of all their pupils. We were immensely impressed with the new education facilities and were pleased to be able to add a school canopy that we know will contribute highly to the ‘no limits’ and fantastic experience offered by the school.

How can a covered area be used as a teaching area?

An outdoor learning environment has repeatedly been praised as the ideal learning space. With an efficient shelter, outdoor teaching is able to take place all year, positively impacting a child’s educational journey. Due to the sheer importance of being outside in childhood, there is a global campaign to get children to learn outdoors twice per year, but why just limit your outdoor venture to two days per year?

Outdoor learning spaces give rise to several educational opportunities to develop problem-solving skills, experience life outside the classroom, and experiment with new ideas and concepts. There are many educational opportunities to be had from being outdoors, and here are just a few ideas that you could try:

  • Stone painting
  • Nature-themed dress up
  • Storytelling
  • Practise mindfulness
  • Do some gardening

There are so many possibilities that allow a much more holistic approach in the early year settings.

How can A&S Landscape help you?

Our family-run business has been helping the education sector create their perfect balance with nature since 1976. We have installed cycle sheltersschool shade sailscovered sports grounds, and a whole host of other canopies for various projects, all with the intention of helping to get children outside.

At the heart of what we do is our integrity and our uncomplicated manner in which we approach each project. We do not provide a predesigned canopy, instead, we will listen to your needs and give you all the options available to you, ensuring that we are informative, communicative and approachable throughout.

It’s why we are the popular choice for canopy expertise, and we have branched out to other sectors including healthcarehospitality and commercial sites. Whatever your requirements, don’t hesitate to discuss your cover solution. Get in touch with our friendly team on 01743 444100 or at [email protected].

Canopy we installed at Mount Pleasant Primary School

Mount Pleasant Primary School Before and After


Primary School Canopy Design Options

  • Green Curved Roof Entrance Canopy
The ‘Wave’ is a monopitch or duopitch roof variant, with all the benefits of our standard designs but with a new and funky look. This is a good solution for buildings with low rooflines, where a standalone unit is required or where you need a canopy with that added wow factor.

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  • Tewkesbury School Curved Roof Canopy
The ‘Duo™’ is our duopitch (symmetric) curved roof variant - this is where both sides are at the same height, the most common configuration for standalone structures or structures against low roofline buildings. Ideal for covered walkways, playgrounds and outdoor dining areas.

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  • Curved Roof Red School Canopy
The ‘Mono’ is our monopitch (asymmetric) curved roof variant - this is where one side is higher than the other, the standard configuration for canopies located against building elevations. Widths of 10000mm are easily achieved and wider still with additional design features. Popular applications include covered walkways, play area canopies and outdoor dining areas.

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  • Ysgol Bro Alun Playground Canopy
The 'Cantilever' is a further Motiva variant; normally Mono in design but it can be Duo, Linear or Wave. Back, front or central upright options make this particularly useful for play areas and covered walkways and also where doors or other obstructions restrict upright locations.

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  • Simon Balle All Through School Shelter
The ‘Linear’ is our monopitch (asymmetric) straight roof variant - this is where one side is higher than the other, the standard configuration for canopies located against building elevations but also used for many applications including walkways and outdoor dining areas. Widths of 10000mm are easily achieved and wider still with additional design features.

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  • Enclosed Canopy with Shutters
Adding shutters and side panels provides additional value giving covered space during the day and secure storage at night. Our electrically operated roller shutter doors, available up to 7500mm width can be added to any of our Motiva products and our Maxima Tepee™. Also available for other applications such as security for doors and windows.

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  • Two Curved Roof Canopies
The ‘Duo Double™’ is normally twin units of our ‘Duo’ canopy although multiples of Duo, Mono, Linear or Wave can be used in many configurations to cover any size of area. This canopy is perfect for larger play areas or for outdoor dining in secondary schools.

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  • Burlish Park Entrance Canopy
The ‘Entro’ is the Motiva entrance canopy. This would normally be in duopitch configuration. Freestanding, wall fixed and partial wall fixed units are all possibilities. Widths of 10000mm are easily achieved and wider still with additional design features. This is the entrance canopy to make the perfect first impression when someone arrives.

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  • Overlapping Orange Shade Sail
The Sail from Maxima is an economical and eye-catching Shade Sail design to enhance any area and available in an unlimited number of shapes, configurations and colours.

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  • Blue Fabric Shade Sail
The StarSail™ from Maxima is a spectacular combination of a Shade Sail and Umbrella design around a centre post, a trendy new and innovative design the StarSail™ promotes a cool and breezy look.

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  • The Willow School Umbrella Canopies
The Maxima Umbrella™ is a stunning commercial-grade product normally supplied with waterproof PVC fabric, this solid and beautiful design is ideal for covered seating areas and waiting areas.

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  • Yellow Fabric Tepee Canopy
Ideal as a standalone structure the Maxima Tepee™ is available in standard modular sizes from 3 metres up to a massive 15 metres and with many multiple unit possibilities. These colourful units are manufactured in galvanised and PPC steel and boast integral gutter system and waterproof, UV resistant and fire retardant fabric.

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How Primary Schools Use Our Canopies

Our range of canopies and shelters can be used for a wide range of applications. From a secure shelter for bikes and buggies, to creating a sheltered dining space. Another popular use of our shelters is to create an outdoor classroom, allowing the children to learn in a different and engaging environment.

Learn why the outside is important to young children’s development


Prof, Helen Bilton (Professor of Outdoor Learning University of Reading):

Children don’t necessarily learn easily within the confines of four walls in the ceiling, especially if they’re young. And yet there still is an assumption that learning can only happen at desks and in a classroom. And this is where outdoor learning is most closely related to meeting the needs and development of young children.

My research helps educators understand children’s development and how to provide for that development outside, typically the link between physical and cognitive development.

My research also shows how to organise and manage the outdoor learning environment to enable young children to learn effectively, but also easily. For example, by creating a workshop environment using loose parts such as carpet squares, logs and material. They can enable young children to experiment as designers, inventors and creators.

The most important mindset change to ensure outdoors works well, is to view in an out as one complete environment, not two separate spaces.

If you’d like to learn more about how schools can create enabling outdoor environments so children learn easily and effectively, see details of my book publications and website in the video description below.

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