A canopy as an extension to the school classroom

A Fordingbridge canopy at a school

School grounds have historically been the last aspect of school design to be thought of and the first element to be cut when budgets are strained.

But a school’s external environment can have a dramatic impact on learning, promoting positive behaviour, encouraging better concentration in lessons and developing a healthier generation through play.

A whole school approach is essential to the design and development of school buildings and school grounds, simple ideas such as linking outdoor space with a classroom through utilising a canopy can extend a school’s curriculum. Making more use of school grounds can also foster stronger relationships between staff and pupils, leading to significant improvements in behaviour, attitudes to learning and attainment levels.

Educational objectives of enhanced outdoor space

  • Provide outdoor teaching spaces that are sheltered and secure
  • Lay out space and facilities for all forms of play
  • Stimulate creativity
  • Contribute to children’s health and well being
  • Create places where nature will thrive
  • Provide opportunities for enriching the curriculum

We have extensive experience in creating innovative learning, dining and socialising spaces for educational establishments across the country from pre-school to higher and further education. Our experience means that our products, comprehensive designs and building services respond exactly to the specific requirements of education environments. If you would like a free, no obligation site visit where one of our technical sales team will come and visit you to discuss concepts and ideas, please contact us now.


“Our staff and pupils are thrilled with the canopies that Fordingbridge installed at our school. We now have large outside spaces that are protected from the elements and are used to enhance our pupils’ learning on a daily basis. The children are also able to play outside in all weathers and enjoy the freedom that this has created.”

“The service we received from Fordingbridge was excellent, they fulfilled all their promises and deadlines and their installation team were extremely considerate in minimising any disruption to the school. We highly recommend the whole team at Fordingbridge.”

Katie Jarvis, Headteacher, Bersted Green Primary School, Bognor Regis

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