Primary School Canopies
The widest range of canopies for Primary Schools ever
“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
“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
“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
Shelton Infants School
The Willow Primary School
Llandysul 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.
When 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.
When 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.
Who 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.
The 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.
Schools 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.
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.
Our 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.
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.
“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
Mount 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.
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:
There are so many possibilities that allow a much more holistic approach in the early year settings.
Our family-run business has been helping the education sector create their perfect balance with nature since 1976. We have installed cycle shelters, school shade sails, covered 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 healthcare, hospitality 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].
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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