AMV have quality playground designers, with this bespoke in-house capacity all playground shelters and canopies can be tailor made to provide your school with the perfect solution. Children are kept safe, dry and protected from the sun due to the roofing panels which filter out harmful UV sunlight. All AMV shelters and canopies are designed to allow full visibility, avoiding unwanted potential hiding places.

Outdoor classrooms for play and curriculum work can be designed with the provision of roller shutter doors and panels fitted to basic canopies providing the ultimate flexibility of a warm and pleasant classroom protecting against inclement weather and a fresh air environment when the weather allows during school time. After school time with the shutters closed and locked the area becomes part of a secure establishment.

Shelters offer affordable protection from the elements not only for outdoor learning but also for parents collecting their children from school. Most playground shelters include seating but this is optional.

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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.

Energy efficiency

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.

Classroom canopies

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.

Classroom canopies

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.

Covered walkways

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.

Covered walkways

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.

Dining canopies

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.

Dining canopies

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, or view the product selections above.

Canopies FAQs

AMV Playgrounds provides a variety of canopies, including freestanding, wall-mounted, and bespoke designs, suitable for different school spaces and functions.

We have classroom canopies, covered walkways, entrance canopies, and dining canopies.
School canopies offer a range of benefits for nurseries, primary and secondary schools. Main benefits include:

  • 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.
Yes, here at AMV Playgrounds we offer bespoke options for our canopies, including size adjustments, colour choices, material selection, and additional features to suit your school’s requirements.
Yes, our range of school canopies can be used throughout the year, providing shade and protection from rain or snow. During summer months and hotter weather, the canopies can provide shade and UV protection from the sun’s rays.
Our range of canopies are constructed using durable materials, such as steel and polycarbonate, to ensure longevity and safety.
Yes, school canopies can be integrated with other playground equipment to create a cohesive and functional outdoor play area for students. View our range of play equipment or outdoor furniture for more information.
Our canopies are designed for low maintenance, requiring only regular cleaning and occasional checks to ensure their longevity and safety.