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Slate Grey - RAL NO. 7015
Wolverley CE Secondary School in Wolverley, Worcestershire needed to add some outdoor dining space to their facilities due to recent rapid growth in the student population. They wanted to be able to create a large area with lots of seating that they could use throughout the year, so a canopy was in their sights.
They approached A&S Landscape due to their great reputation and worked with them to find the right shelter for their school.
The school initially considered the cheaper Motiva Linear™, but eventually decided that because of the size of the investment and the benefits it would bring, it was worth paying more for the design that really fit the bill: the Motiva Duo™. They loved the curved, duopitch (symmetric) roof, which is ideal for standalone structures like their new free standing canopy. They were so pleased with the health and safety regulations and the sensitivity of the A&S Landscape contractors that they were happy for the canopy to be installed during term time, rather than a school holiday. The Slate Grey steelwork complemented the surrounding buildings, and the Opal polycarbonate roof would provide adequate shelter for many hungry students while protecting them from both the rain, and UV rays on sunny days.
There are a wealth of recognised benefits to alfresco dining as a part of the school day. As pupils spend a large amount of the day in a classroom environment, it is paramount that they are given time to breathe at lunchtime. In spending this break in the fresh air, it not only provides a calming environment but can also reduce levels of hyperactivity in a student. If a child is directed to spend their break indoors, it can mirror the classroom setting and stop them from taking a healthy amount of time to relax. Outdoor dining is also an extremely sociable activity, free by the dining hall setting pupils can chat with other year groups freely.
Over on our blog you can learn how schools can allow their students to dine outside regularly – click here.
Wolverley CE Secondary School was delighted with their new canopy cover and, as they were so impressed with our service, they even gave us a glowing testimonial. Anthony Derrer (the school’s Business Manager) commented that he loved seeing Year 7’s reaction to the shelter when they joined the following September; it was like it had always been there! The impact that this clever dining area canopy had on the school was incredible. It reduced pressure on their indoor facilities, and there was even space to install both lots of benches and a catering pod to offer more dining options. It can be used all year round and allows students to enjoy having more fresh air in their school day.
“During the procurement process, A&S Landscape were really helpful in terms of design, making sure that it was something that went with the way that the school looked already. But also, in terms of materials to give us the longevity and the quality that we needed from a canopy. I would definitely recommend A&S Landscape to other schools.”
Wolverley CE Secondary School is a unique, heavily oversubscribed school. They say on their website that visitors are ‘always impressed by the balance of high standards and exceptional relationships’, and they encourage students to have the ambition to become great members of society. It was a joy to work with the team at this institution, and we were thrilled that while they had cheaper options, they understood that overall life value was more important when choosing their canopy.
The school is situated in Wolverley, Worcestershire, a county known for its beautiful and undulating countryside. This includes the Malvern Hills, which run from Worcestershire into Herefordshire and are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This county is certainly a stunning place to grow up in for the students of Wolverley CE Secondary School.
It is widely known that a good diet helps both physical and mental health. Therefore, it can greatly affect children’s learning and performance in school.
A varied diet including vitamins, essential fats and amino acids supports brain function, and poor mood and behaviour are often observed in children who haven’t eaten in a long period – which can diminish learning and concentration. This means that eating regular meals can have the opposite result. Specific nutrients such as vitamin D and omega-3 have been found to have a positive effect on mood in some vulnerable children, and fibre can regulate blood sugar to help with memory and attention. It’s therefore important to ensure that children at your school have an adequate and varied diet when making use of your dining facilities – whether indoors, or outdoors under a canopy. Ensure that you offer balanced meals including everything from fruit and vegetables to carbohydrates and protein in order to achieve this.
Here at A&S Landscape, we have decades of experience in working with a variety of schools. From providing playground shelters for primary and junior schools to installing canopies for secondary school students to enjoy, we love working with staff to find the right solution for their institution. We also pride ourselves on earning trust through hard work and building relationships with our clients, as well as the wide range of products that we offer. From the Motiva Mono™ to the Maxima Sail™, we have the right canopy for you. If you’d like to discover how one of our models can add value to your school or organisation, why not contact us today? Simply call 01743 444100 or email [email protected]
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