Enhance outdoor learning with school canopies
School canopies have become increasingly popular in recent years as schools recognise their versatility and multiple benefits.
Not only do they provide functionality in the form of shelter and protection in outdoor areas around a school, but they also provide additional space for outdoor learning where teachers can take their lessons outside.
School canopies also improve the aesthetics of a school, enhancing the overall appearance of a building. This can then have a positive impact on a school’s reputation.
We understand headteachers and purchasing managers often look to enhance their school’s outdoor facilities, providing a safe and engaging outdoor learning environment for pupils. Part of these plans often include school canopies, which is also driven by the growing emphasis on outdoor learning and the need for additional space in schools.
Here at AMV Playgrounds, we are proud to have been in business for over 35 years and are one of the longest established manufacturers within the UK playground equipment and outdoor sports industry.
Benefits of school canopies
School canopies offer a range of benefits for educational institutions, including primary and secondary schools as well as nurseries.
Protection from the elements
One of their core benefits for school buildings; canopies provide protection from the sun, rain, and other weather conditions (particularly useful for the unpredictable UK weather!)
This means that students can enjoy outdoor activities and learning experiences without being exposed to harsh weather conditions.
Canopies also offer shade, which is particularly important during hot summer months when students need a cool and comfortable space to study or play.
Outdoor learning opportunities
School canopies can be used to create outdoor classrooms, allowing teachers to take their lessons outside.
Research has shown that outdoor learning environments can enhance student engagement, creativity, and overall academic performance.
Canopies provide a designated space for outdoor learning, making it easier for teachers to incorporate nature and the environment into their curriculum.
Increased socialisation and play opportunities
Canopies can be used to create covered play areas next to school buildings, providing students with a safe and sheltered space to engage in physical activities during break times.
This encourages socialisation, teamwork, and physical fitness among students.
Improved aesthetics and school image
School canopies can enhance the overall appearance of a school building, making it more visually appealing, which then positively impacts the school's image and reputation in the local community.
Canopies can be customised to match a school's branding, creating a cohesive and professional look.
School canopies also contribute to the energy efficiency and green credentials of a school, by providing shade to buildings and thus reducing the need for air conditioning and cooling systems.
This can result in cost savings for the school in terms of energy bills.
It also means your school falls in line with the UK Government’s Net Zero Strategy.
Types of school canopies
There are different types of school canopies available from AMV Playgrounds, which cater to different needs and requirements you may have for your school.
Outdoor classrooms have gained popularity in recent years as they provide a unique learning environment that connects students with nature, benefitting students’ ability to learn and also with positive effects on mental health.
Canopies designed for outdoor classrooms are sizeable enough to accommodate whole classrooms and provide ample shade and protection from the elements.
The Early Years Enclosed Canopy is a popular option among headteachers and purchasing managers. Suitable for nurseries, primary schools and high schools, children are kept safe, dry and protected from the sun due to the roofing panels which filter out harmful UV sunlight.
It is also available in a version complete with roller shutter doors, for added protection and safety.
School canopies can also be used to create sheltered walkways between buildings or outdoor areas.
These canopies provide protection from rain, snow, and harsh weather conditions, allowing students to move between different areas of the school without getting wet or exposed to extreme temperatures.
Our Covered Walkway is a practical, high quality shelter that can be designed and installed to suit your school’s exact requirements. It is manufactured from high quality products that offer durability, strength, and resistance to weathering.
Canopies for outdoor dining areas are designed to provide shelter and protection for students during break times.
Versatile in design and can be made bespoke for your school’s requirements, our dining canopies can accommodate a large number of seating and bench options.
Our Outdoor Dining Area Canopy is a popular choice for schools looking to provide additional dining options for their pupils. Suitable for primary or secondary schools.
School canopies case study
Two expansive large outdoor dining canopies were designed and installed at Hungerhill School, Doncaster.
Following an initial site assessment by the AMV Playgrounds team, two of the Outdoor Dining Area Canopies were specified and customised to suit the Hungerhill School site.
The canopies were designed to offer ample space for seating and protection from adverse weather conditions and create an aesthetically pleasing environment in line with the school's values.
AMV Playgrounds successfully delivered an all new outdoor dining area to the school with minimal disruption, resulting in a transformative project that improved the overall educational experience for students.
Why buy your school canopies from AMV Playgrounds?
We have an uncompromising commitment to the very highest standards of quality in the design and construction of school canopies.
They, together with the rest of our playground equipment is made in our UK-based factory, by skilled tradesmen, and come with an extensive 25-year warranty against rust and corrosion.
Our team here at AMV Playgrounds works with headteachers, bursars, and purchasing managers daily. We also work closely with architects, main contractors, and sub-contractors who are working on educational projects.
So whether you work at a school or you are working on a school project in any capacity, we are here to help. Our team will help with playground equipment recommendations, technical advice, materials selection, equipment designs to suit your specific school and much more.
Our range of school canopies are designed to aesthetically enhance your school playground environment, while also provide additional functionality and durability where they stand the test of time and prove to be a sound investment.
We are here to help realise your vision of a better playground environment for your school’s children.
Contact our team today on telephone 01704 898 919, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or view the product selections above.
- Effective protection from the elements.
- Create engaging outdoor learning environments for students.
- Increased socialisation and play opportunities for students.
- Improved aesthetics for school buildings.
- Greater energy efficiency for a school building.