School canopies & walkways

Encouragement to dine, learn and play outdoors regardless of the weather is a must in this day and age. An outdoor classroom canopy allows you to achieve this. Additionally, walkway canopies for schools, or campuses, with several buildings will keep pupils and staff dry and comfortable in all weathers.

Covered outdoor dining areas for schools are beneficial in terms of using space you already have and for pupils’ wellbeing. By developing under-utilised spaces with our proven playground canopy solutions, you can maximise your outdoor learning and socialising zones. Our school shelter outdoor canopies create the perfect environment to do this in many settings and with our 25-year structural guarantee, you can rest assured it is a long term, low maintenance investment.

Early years and primary schools

Ofsted views outdoor learning as an essential element of a broad and balanced curriculum. Covered outdoor play areas and school playground canopies allow your school to get pupils outside whatever the weather. Offering playground adventure zones and expanding your classroom outdoors, has been found to engage pupils which has a positive impact on their concentration and behaviour. Look at how Leesland Primary School created such a space, using a school outdoor canopy.

Secondary schools

If your school is spread across a campus, you could provide a covered walkway to offer staff and pupils weather protection as they move around the grounds. The Carr Manor School walkway doubled up to keep the building cool in the summer months. Dining space is often at a premium, with pressure on indoor dining halls. Outdoor canopies help ease this pressure by providing covered dining solutions. Hayling College used a large span dining canopy to maximise covers.

Higher education

Canopies for university grounds are an invaluable resource and can be used for anything from seating or waiting areas through to extra outdoor covered dining space. You could use our octagonal canopies to provide inspiring, all-weather social and breakout spaces to be used for teaching as well as during break time by staff and pupils. Arthur Mellows College utilised three octagonal canopies for use as an alternative, cost-effective way of delivering the curriculum for staff and pupils.

Further education

If the campus of your University requires bike shelters to house students’ and lecturers’ bikes safely, we have the perfect solution. The University of the West of England consulted us about their requirements to fulfil their taking part in the Better by Bike strategy. We designed, manufactured and installed a stylish and branded bike shelter. Maybe staff and students have to walk between departmental buildings. Our covered walkways between buildings, like the walkways at Moorlands Theological College, offer weather protection while in-keeping with the college grounds and branding.

Sports MUGA canopies

Providing outdoor, weather protected space for pupils to play sport is vital in maintaining health and wellbeing. Children and young adults need inspiration to participate in team sports. Our school MUGA canopies provide the perfect, year-round solution as demonstrated at Grange Primary School. MUGAs can be flood lit to increase the usage time during winter months. They can also be hired out to sports teams, when not in use by yourselves, to form an additional income source. Read about more options for MUGA covers on our Leisure page.

School buildings

Perhaps you require more internal teaching space? As our client, you will receive a complete design and build service; guiding you from concept to design and construction. Check out the stunning timber framed sixth form building for Fairmead School.

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Reasons to use Fordingbridge

  • Over 50 years of industry experience
  • Full design and build service
  • Our in-house team will design bespoke solutions for your school or college
  • All of our structures are guaranteed for 25 years

Very happy with the finished canopy – it has given our youngest pupils the opportunity to be learning all day, everyday. The canopy allows lots of light into the area and doesn’t feel at all claustrophobic. Having worked with Fordingbridge in the past, I would recommend their structures to my colleagues without hesitation.
Gemma Ball, Headteacher, Badshot Lea Village Infant School

School & college case studies

Notely High School

Notely High School

Education Centre, Tuesley Farm

Education Centre, Tuesley Farm

West Lodge School

West Lodge School

Bradon Forest School

Bradon Forest School

Moorlands College

Moorlands College

Worthing High School

Worthing High School

Fairmead School

Fairmead School

Brannel School

Brannel School

Steyning Grammar School

Steyning Grammar School

Freman College

Freman College

Buckland Sure Start Childrens Centre

Buckland Sure Start Childrens Centre

Vickerstown Primary School

Vickerstown Primary School

Industry leading guarantees