Canopies for Senior Schools
Perfect designs for external dining areas, social space and covered walkways in Senior Schools
“I am very pleased with the canopy, it has exceeded my expectations. The project has been fantastic.”
Deputy Principal, Blackpool Aspire Academy
“Excellent workmanship, everything was left clean and tidy. The team went out of the way to do a good job.”
Headteacher, R A Butler Academy
“I think A&S Landscape has done a tremendous job. We would definitely recommend them to other schools.”
Headteacher, The Brier School
Our Lady’s Roman Catholic High School
Blackpool Aspire College
Tewkesbury School found they had an outdoor area with no purpose, that needed to be revitalised. Considering the needs of their students, they wanted to create a new dining area for them there. They wanted it to be useable even if the weather turned wet and rainy, so they asked us to help them come up with a solution. They chose the Motiva Duo canopy from the range on offer, as it gave them just what they needed. This large canopy now sits over the ground, protecting benches and tables from the weather. Students are now able to come and eat lunch here, or simply socialise while they’re on their breaks. Whatever they need, they can easily do it under this shelter. The blue colour of the canopy was chosen to match the school colours and looks fantastic on the grounds. It’s given the area a new lease of life. Read more about the Tewkesbury School’s dining area canopy.
Like most schools, Chiswick High School was struggling to find room for all the students in their dining hall. They needed to find a smart solution that would give them what they needed, without needing to build a whole new building or extension. After talking to us, they decided the best thing to do would be to install a new outdoor dining area. They did this with the help of four Maxima StarSails, which have created a really striking look outside the school. The four sails all use waterproof fabric, so students can eat outdoors even when the rain is coming down. No more trying to cram into an already packed dining hall. The school chose porcelain green fabric for their sails, giving the shades a great look. The whole area has come alive since being repurposed as an outdoor dining space, and students are loving the fact they can relax outdoors whenever, even if the weather wouldn’t allow it normally. To see more of the shade sails at Chiswick High School, click here.
Waingels College had noticed that there was a real lack of shelter on their grounds. Students studying there could happily use the outside space for study or socialising, but only when the weather was good. When the rain came, they couldn’t get outdoors, which seemed a shame to them. After all, why have the wonderful grounds if they couldn’t be used? They brought us on to find a solution, something that would help them get more use from the grounds. In the end, they actually settled on multiple options. They chose to install three Motiva Duo shelters, allowing for lots of space for recycled plastic benches. Now, students have the perfect place to eat or study whenever they want. They also chose to install an umbrella canopy over a seating area, giving students more shelter from the rain thanks to the waterproof PVC fabric. Now they can use their college grounds whenever they like. To see the curved roof shelters at Waingels College, click here.
When thinking of school canopies, you’ll often think of covered playgrounds or walkways. Haileybury College had something different in mind. They wanted to replace an old outdoor sports area with a new covered multi-use games area. After all, who wants wet weather to put off play? To achieve this, they contacted us to get help making the dream a reality. They looked at our range of canopies and chose a Covered MUGA canopy to cover that new space. They then added new sports turf, equipment, and more, to make that sports area the best place to play a game with your friends. Students have found using the area much easier and more enjoyable than ever before. With the shelter, they don’t have to worry about dealing with bad weather. Having everything in one place really helps more students get involved with sports. All in all, it’s been a huge success for the school. To read more about Haileybury College’s Covered MUGA, click here.
The Hessle Academy is well known for the modern and up-to-date design of its grounds. Everything looks fantastic and is designed with the students’ needs in mind first. Recently, the school needed something to add shelter to an outdoor seating area and decided to look into getting sails for the area. To do this, they talked to us about what we could offer them. After looking at our range, they decided to use StarSails to cover the area. This made a lot of sense, as the StarSails are a fantastic design that fits right in with the building. Benches are arranged around the base of the sail, making it the best place to sit and relax with friends, no matter what the weather is like. The sandy beige colour used looks amazing, and blends right in with the rest of the buildings. The dining area now looks great and is protected from the elements. To read more about the shade sails used at The Hessle Academy, click here.
Claremont High School found that they had a good amount of outdoor space, but no way to really use it. They wanted their students to be able to enjoy it, but they knew that rainy days would stop them from going out there. They needed a solution, so they contacted us to see what we could do for them. We were able to offer them the Motiva Duo, an attractive and versatile canopy solution that fit their needs perfectly. It was able to go over the area and become an outdoor dining area for the school. This has brought a lot of benefits to the school as a whole. Students are now always able to get a seat, so no more worrying about where to sit at lunch. As they can do that, they get a good meal and so are set up for learning for the rest of the day. To read more about Claremont High School’s dining area canopy, click here.
Wright Robinson College is committed to providing its students with the very best learning experience. They know that part of that involves ensuring that their campus provides all the necessary facilities, and this means having the provisions to be outdoors. With the average rainfall of the UK being 156.2 days per year and the high unpredictability of the weather, it was crucial to install a covered area that could provide year-round protection.
A&S Landscape was approached by Wright Robinson College to provide a shelter solution. The first step in the process involved helping the school to navigate the hundreds of fantastic designs they had available to them. The school wanted the practical benefits, but the overall aesthetics was an important factor too. They wanted the canopies to complement the existing campus, so this needed to be considered. Once the decision was finalised, A&S Landscape would then be responsible for the manufacture and install of the outdoor canopy. They were therefore involved with the whole process from start to finish.
We knew that being a senior school, the canopies needed to be trendy to encourage the students to use them. The shelter that stood out to us was that of the fabric resistant canopy structure, the Maxima Tepee™. With a modular design, these canopies have multiple unit possibilities, as well as standing out as a truly unique feature.
Using the modular benefits, two tepees were installed to cover a large area, both measuring 6000mm x 6000mm. These proved to be an excellent solution. With the waterproof PVC fabric roof providing protection from the rain and sun, and the sturdy steel framework giving the structure its stability, it met all of the practical benefits of an outdoor canopy. The colours chosen were suited to the school brand’s colours, with the steelwork in Grey (RAL 7037) and the shade cloth in Red (RAL 3000). The shelter truly adhered to all of the school’s unique requirements.
Everyone involved in the creation of the new sheltered area was thrilled with the amazing results of the two new tepees. The school was extremely pleased that we were able to meet all of their unique requirements, and with how smart the two tepees look within the school grounds. Upon commencement of the project, the school were a little nervous due to the extensive range they had available to them. However, with the help of A&S Landscape, the information was broken down into smaller, digestible chunks, and so they felt they had made a well-informed decision.
The result now is that the students are able to enjoy time outside whatever the weather, safe in the knowledge that the tensile structure above will provide adequate shade and shelter. The two tepees are a real focal point within the school grounds and have also eased the pressure on the school buildings. Children can now sit and eat outside, enjoying the fresh air while they have their lunch. The two canopies have had a massively positive effect on the school environment, and with the two shade structures branded to the school colours, they look immensely smart too.
“Team Wright Robinson is fully committed to inspiring its students to achieve academic excellence, good character and resilience.” This mission statement by Wright Robinson College is one in which they hold dear to their whole ethos. Located in Gorton, Manchester, this school has been identified as an outstanding secondary school by Ofsted, and you can see the investment they make in their students by admiration of their beautiful campus.
We loved the enthusiasm and passion shown by this school for their students. They didn’t just want a shelter to fulfil their own obligatory requirements, they wanted the space to be attractive and appealing to the students too. Evidently, they see the bigger picture when it comes to the education experience, and we took great pleasure in working them to achieve this. We are proud to know that the fabric tensile structure will serve its purpose for years and years to come.
Quite often the benefits of outdoor learning are associated with early year settings, however, it is just as important for older children too, making their way through senior school and into college. It is important to remember that for younger children, being outside is a great way for them to develop their multiple senses, it allows them to smell, hear and see varying stimuli. However, there is a requirement for this to be maintained throughout childhood. Some may argue that it is even more important for educational settings to provide outdoor learning to older children due to the high amount of time teenagers spend in front of their mobile phones or a computer.
There is even a name for a person who experiences a persistent lack of nature and the outdoors. Although not recognised as a medical condition, ‘nature deficit disorder,’ has been linked to a number of physical and mental health problems, including obesity, attention difficulties and diminished use of senses! All of these problems can have hugely negative impacts on learning and development. Whether your school is located in an city, or in a more rural setting, it is hugely important to ensure that the students have a comfortable space to be outside when they can.
There are so many other benefits of being outdoors, it is impossible to list them all. However, when it comes to enhancing learning and education, both students and teachers will feel the benefits. Both will have higher energy levels, and the removal of the constraints of the classroom can even give the teachers a wider insight into the motivation of their students. This can help the entire learning process, giving the teacher a better understanding of how to educate their students.
If you’re looking for inspiration for your school canopy, A&S Landscape is here for you. We have been installing canopies all across the UK for 44 years, with thousands of outdoor canopies installed within a school environment. We are committed to ensuring that children can access an outdoor area all year round, for their personal development, wellbeing and mental health. That is why all of our canopies are designed with children at the forefront.
Whether you are a nursery, primary school, or university, we have a canopy that can enhance your student’s education experience. Whatever your requirements, we have the perfect solution. As well as our expertise, being a family-led business, we will ensure that you receive the best possible customer service, and you can guarantee that we will be personal, reliable and friendly throughout.
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