Stone Primary pupils can now play and learn come rain or shine!

Children celebrate the installation of new outdoor learning and play canopies

Like all children, the pupils of St Michaels First School in Stone, Staffordshire are full of energy and like to be outside letting off steam.

This year, primary schools nationwide have received a directive from Ofsted outlining the need to provide daily outdoor learning and play throughout the year for all ages.

Unfortunately the weather isn’t always on the side of the teachers – sometimes too wet, too windy or maybe too hot and unless there is some kind of suitable cover then it’s back to the classroom. Happily for pupils at St Michaels First School this problem has been overcome thanks to the installation of two canopies from school specialists Able Canopies.

Head teacher Mary Gale explained that with money from the school’s budget and also significant fundraising by the PTA, the school was able to commission the canopies that run alongside and are attached to the classrooms providing excellent cover for the younger pupils.

“The children make full use of the shelter provided by the canopies and are safe from sunburn during the summer and can also enjoy uninterrupted activity even when it is wet and windy,” said Mrs Gale. “We are happy to be able to fulfil this remit delivered by Ofsted so successfully.”

Able Canopies are experts at working with schools, determining what will work best for particular needs. As well as offering fixed shelters they can also provide a great choice in freestanding models that have proved to be very popular with schools around the country.

“Working quickly and efficiently within often tight schedules is essential with school installations and we are confident we can deliver exactly what is needed – a safe, protective environment that encourages learning and play whatever the weather,” explains Joanna Marshall of Able Canopies. “Judging by the positive comments we have had back from the teachers and pupils our canopies are doing just that!”

Able Canopies Ltd. design, manufacture and install canopies and shade structures at schools, nurseries and educational settings to enable year-round Free Flow Outdoor Play and Outdoor Learning.
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