Roman Vindolanda Fort & Museum Café in Northumberland Add Umbrella Canopy
Anthracite Grey - RAL NO. 7016
Galashiels Academy, sitting in the Scottish Borders, is a high school at the heart of a small community. They are an active school offering activities such as their popular cycling club to the pupils. The school grounds even contain an outdoor gym area which is a great place for pupils to mix up their fitness regimes. The staff had identified an area of the campus which was very exposed to the weather. The school wanted to install something that would give a place of shade as well as an option for sheltering from the rain.
As industry experts with a wealth of experience with working with schools, we know that this is a common problem. Schools often approach us to ask for help in identifying sun shield sail solutions at their site. For this particular project, our solution was our Maxima Sail™ product. Designed around four steel uprights, this product can be customised to suit your specific requirements. This great option is suited to a range of situations, from outdoor dining to external gym areas such as the project at Galashiels Academy.
The high school customised their sail by selecting Anthracite Grey (RAL 7016) colouring for the steelwork, and fabric in the shade ‘Natural’ for the sail’s canopy colour. Although a small canopy in comparison to some that we have installed, the proportions achieved met the project brief to the letter.
The end result was a freestanding canopy unobtrusively sitting amongst the outdoor gym equipment. The design of this type of sun shelter means that it fits neatly into most spaces without compromising the existing footprint. Now the hard-working pupils have an area in which to catch their breath during those challenging gym sets!
Galashiels Academy was so happy with the project that they gave A&S Landscape a five star survey review rating for this project. You can find more client feedback and testimonials for our installations on secondary school sites here.
Galashiels Academy sits in the heart of the Scottish border town of Galashiels. Galashiels itself is a relatively small town of around 15,000 residents, so the school is a central part of the local community.
With the beautiful border countryside around it, there’s plenty to inspire the school’s pupils to be active. In fact, inspiration can be found in the school itself because the Galashiels Academy Design and Technology Teacher, Caroline McKaig, has been recognised in Cycling UK’s Top Women in Cycling 2020. The school also as an Active Schools Co-ordinator role which links in with the sport, recreation and culture organisation, Live Borders. Although the town itself is small, there is much going on to motivate the pupils in the school to get active!
Secondary school education offers a range of opportunities for pupils to learn and grow. Many secondary schools, like Galashiels Academy, are therefore looking for creative ways to increase the learning opportunities in different settings. Shade sails are a perfect way to do this because:
Children are largely not in control of the food they have or the exercise they take. Furthermore, when they exercise, the respiratory implications and body weakness can lead to embarrassment amongst their peers as they find it difficult to move. Regardless, it is essential to promote healthier eating, more exercise, and assist a child who lives with obesity in combating the depression, anxiety, stigma, and the health and academic implications associated with obesity, which is a task much more far-reaching than it first looks to be.
We can define some of the fixes Dame Sally Davies proposes in her report: Time To Solve Childhood Obesity into three factors.
• Children need to play outside.
• Children need access to healthy foods.
• Schemes need to be set in motion by schools, manufacturers, health services, town planners and politicians to create better opportunities for children to have access to outside play and healthy food regardless of their social-economic position.
The list of schools that we have worked with is extensive. Our experience of working in the education sector really does speak for itself. But please don’t take our word for it. Instead, have a look at this video testimonial from another secondary school leader and make up your own mind.
Working with A&S Landscape offers you a range of benefits:
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