Canopies and Shelters for Schools, Nurseries and Colleges

Canopies For the Education Sector

Able Canopies have been working with Schools, Early Years settings, Colleges and Universities for over 15 years. We specialise in helping you make the most out of your space, making playgrounds accessible all year, and turning under-used outdoor areas into functional and attractive areas that add real value to your school, nursery or college.

Ideal applications for our canopies include all-weather outdoor play and learning spaces, playground shelters, welcoming and functional entrance areas, spacious year-round dining and/or seating areas, flexible storage space for outdoor equipment, and cover for outdoor gym or sports areas. 

We have installed thousands of canopies and shelters at educational facilities all across the UK, and we understand the specific needs and challenges faced by schools and other educational sites, particularly with regards to funding issues, the need to have minimal disruption to the school day, and the importance of ensuring all operatives on site are DBS checked. 

We work our hardest to accommodate these requirements, offering canopy and shelter products that have been designed to be long lasting and value for money, and all our surveyors and installation teams are DBS checked and fully aware of the need to be quiet, conscientious and tidy on site, whilst performing a quick and safe installation - allowing your school day to continue as normally as possible.

Click on the sections below to find out more about our School Canopies and Shelters

Free Flow Outdoor Play Canopies

Free Flow Outdoor Play Canopies

Our canopies allow Early Year settings to support Free Flow Outdoor Play all year round, providing a place to shelter in downpours, and a cool shaded area with UV protection on hot and sunny days.

Outdoor Dining and Seating Areas

Outdoor Dining and Seating Areas

Offer an overflow dining area which can be used all year round at busy lunch times. These outdoor dining areas also make perfect socialising areas and all-weather spaces for outdoor lessons.

School Shade Sails

School Shade Sails

Create a vibrant shade structure to protect your pupils from UV whilst outdoors.

Entrance Canopies for Schools

Entrance Canopies for Schools

Create welcoming entrance areas are your school, nursery or college - help to prevent dirt and rain from entering your building and shelter your visitors as they enter your building - for a great first impression.

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Interested in having a canopy or shelter at your school? Contact our team today to discuss our products and book a free site survey. 

Find out more about Able Canopies and how we serve schools and nurseries by watching our Prezi presentation below – use the arrows to navigate through the slides.

Why should I have a Canopy at my School/Nursery?

Coniston Playground Canopy at St Peters Primary School

Providing shade and shelter outdoors in school and Early Years environments is particularly important as it allows children to have access to fresh air and play outside all year round, enables free flow play, and provides informal areas for pupils to learn.  To read more about outdoor play and learning please read our "The benefits of outdoor playblog post.

High UV Protection

Another important factor, particularly in summer months is the need for UV protection whilst children are outdoors; all our school canopies feature roofing materials which offer high UV protection to help you to make sure outdoor play is as "sun safe" as possible.

Cost Effective Products

We are very conscious of the current pressure schools face with stretching their budgets to cover as much as possible and so we strive to create school canopies and shelters that offer you the most cost-effective cover available.

We also have a Junior range of products which feature streamlined version of our most popular canopies, allowing you to product stylish and effective cover on a tight budget, these include the Grange Junior, the Welford Junior, the Ennerdale Junior,  the Devoke Junior, and the Kensington Junior.

All our canopies are installed by fully trained and DBS (previously known as CRB) checked installation teams, and installation time can be as quick as one day (depending on the size of the canopy).

We often install canopies and shelters during school term time and do our upmost to ensure no disruption is caused to your site.

In need of Funding?

As part of our service to you we offer FREE funding advice including a free Funding Guide to give you tips and advice about funding opportunities available, plus we have a FREE Fundraising pack to help you raise funds through events at your school. Download the Funding Guide and Fundraising Pack  here

Planning Help

Planning permission is sometimes needed before a canopy, shade sail or shelter can be installed. If this is needed, we will work closely with you to help you achieve a successful outcome with your planning application. Click for more information on Planning help 

The Benefits a Canopy can bring your school

Investing in a canopy can really benefit your school, pupils and staff in lots of ways including:

  • Achieve a "Free-flow" play environment, allowing access to the outside at all times
  • Create instant versatile space for messy lessons, outdoor eating and storage
  • Provide shade and shelter in the playground - all our canopies offer high UV protection
  • Provide covered slip-free walkways between buildings
  • Create shade over windows helping to keep your classrooms cool and shaded too
  • Allow children to let off steam outside, whatever the weather
  • Provide access to fresh air for staff and pupils

Read more about our canopy benefits


Here are some testimonials from some education facilities we have worked with:

"The canopy was installed within one day, causing very little disruption to the playgroup. We have had many positive comments from parents and more importantly the children love it too. We are very pleased with the finished result."

- Bramford Pre School Playgroup - Ipswich - Suffolk

"We would all (children and staff) like to say “thank you” for the amazing job that you and your staff did in installing our canopy; You could not have been more helpful or patient and your advice was invaluable. I think there were a lot of administrative staff dreading installation - but your team proved them wrong they were efficient and considerate and were finished in record time. With the spate of hot weather we have been having the canopy has come into its own, it has transformed a classroom that used to turn into an oven in the summer into a pleasant place to work and has provided much needed shade and protection for outside play. Thank you again."

- Darlington Education Village - Darlington - County Durham

"From initially contacting Able Canopies to the completion of the installation, the service has been very professional. The installation team were very efficient and very accommodating whilst working outside a classroom of reception children. Many thanks."

- Aldington Primary School - Ashford - Kent

"The new canopy is a wonderful addition to the Preschool. We now have a brilliant all weather learning and play area for the children and staff to enjoy. We were amazed at how quickly it was done - all in one day - and how helpful and accommodating Able Canopies were.” 

- Wendover Pre-School - Wendover - Buckinghamshire

"We are thrilled with our new canopy, it completes the overall appearance outside of our new building. The men onsite were very professional, which allowed us to stay open and offer our parents their child's provision with no disruption."

- Kingsfield Pre-School - Chatteris - Cambridgeshire

"The new timber canopies are truly special & really enhance the experience of outdoor socialising for students. I would like to comment on what an excellent job your workmen have done and what a lovely group of workers they were. If I need any further canopies I will definitely be in touch!"

Carshalton High School for Girls, Carshalton, Surrey

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Interested in creating a more valuable outdoor space? Contact our team today to discuss our products and book a free site survey.