Canopies for Schools, Nurseries and Colleges

Canopies for Schools, Nurseries and Colleges

School Canopies

High quality canopies for schools, nurseries, colleges & universities backed by a top class service.

By transforming your outside space with hard wearing canopies for schools, you can enhance your campus with outside learning and dining areas, efficient shelter between classrooms, safe cycle storage and high performing sun protection.

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“From the very start of our enquiry and the finished installation the service was impeccable. A very professional company.”

Elm Road Primary School - Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

Hello, how can I help?

My name is Chantelle, I am a Sales Adviser here at Able Canopies and I am here to answer your questions and to help you with your school canopy project.


I work with schools, academies and nurseries every day and understand the concerns and questions that you may have about your school canopy – ‘Will the canopy do the job I want it for?’, ‘Can it be installed at a time convenient to our school?’, ‘What if I need planning assistance?’, ‘What is included in the price?’ and ‘What guarantees will I have?’. I can assure you that with Able Canopies you will be in safe hands and we will answer all your questions.


Please see what previous customers have had to say about our service here. We will complete your school canopy project, on time, on budget and with the minimum disruption. We are fully committed to the highest standards of quality and service delivery. This pledge is supported by independent certifications for service, processes and product quality from organisations such as ISO and UKCA/CE marked materials.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact me directly on:
0800 389 9072.

For more information on our commitment to quality click here.

 Sun Safety in Schools

Meet Shade Man, our sun safe expert who is here to help you teach the importance of sun safe play in schools.

Click here to download your Free Teaching Resources including a Sun Safe Activity Pack, a sun hat template and posters to position around your school.

Canopies for Schools

Having the ability to transform outside space into areas for learning and activities is a real positive for schools. Our range of great value, robust and stylish canopies for schools give you the options you need to provide shelter for classrooms, creating new learning and play areas, providing protection for journeys between classrooms and setting up secure cycle parking. Click to see our canopies for schools

Canopies for Nurseries

In a similar way to schools, nurseries want to provide areas that allow children to be active outdoors and be protected from bad weather and the dangers of too much sun. Our rainbow packs bring colour and fun to the canopy and our high-quality post pads ensure safety whenever the canopy is being used. Click to see our Canopies for Nurseries

Canopies Colleges & Universities

On a larger campus, the need for shelters and weather protection moves away from outdoor teaching areas and into the more functional benefits of bus shelters, entrance canopies, covered dining areas and cycle parking. Our work with Colleges & Universities includes the use of solar panels and the supply of practical walkways. (Image courtesy of Bournemouth University). Click to see our Canopies for Colleges & Universities

Able Canopies in Higher Education

For many years we have successfully helped educational establishments add great value, high quality weather protection to their sites. By transforming outside space in this way, you can enhance your campus with outside learning and dining areas, efficient shelter between classrooms, safe cycle storage and high performing sun protection.

Read our Higher Education Newsletter to read more about our canopy installations in secondary schools, colleges and universities: Able Canopies in Higher Education

School Canopy Uses: What Can School Canopies Be Used For?

School canopies are much more versatile than you may think, they can be used for many different activities as listed below.

School canopies can be used as:

  • Outdoor Dining Canopies – Offer a dry, shaded area for your pupils to dine alfresco keeping them cool in the summer and dry in the winter
  • All-Weather Sports and PE Canopy – Extend the use of your sports pitch to all year-round use with a multi-use games area canopy, ensuring outside PE lessons and sports club activities go ahead whatever the weather. Our Hamilton Big Span Canopy can span up to 11m wide and has an unlimited length
  • Sports Day Spectator Canopy – Offer a sheltered area for parents to watch their children partake in the annual sports day
  • Events Shelter – School canopies can be used for fundraising events including fairs and fetes, music festivals, dance shows and race days. This extends the useable space for your event, resulting in more stalls and therefore more raised funds
  • Outdoor Shelter for Messy Play – Take messy and loud lessons outside, keeping your classroom clean and quiet
  • Entrance Canopies – Make your entrance stand out with a school entrance canopy
  • Covered Walkways – Create free-flow walkways between buildings, reducing the risk of children running to avoid the rain and causing accidents
  • Outdoor Gym Canopies – Outdoor gyms are becoming very popular within schools, and adding shelter above them, prolongs the life of the equipment and extends the use into all weathers
  • Cycle Shelters – Provide your pupils and staff with a safe place to store their bicycles whilst at school
  • Waiting Shelters – Waiting shelters create a pleasant, dry space for parents and guardians to wait whilst they collect their children at the end of the school day
  • Retractable Shade and Shelter – If you are looking for a shade and shelters structure that can be used temporarily without the need to pack it away, then school awnings and folding school umbrellas are the perfect solution
  • Tuck Shop Canopy – If your tuck shop is outside, then a canopy will make it much more popular during poor weather conditions
  • Outdoor Classrooms – Take classrooms outside with a wall mounted canopy or free standing canopy that can be fitted with side fills to block the wind and driving rain.

Why Purchase a School Canopy from Able Canopies?

Able Canopies having been installing canopies for schools for over 18 years. Our teams have extensive experience and knowledge and will supply and install a canopy that is of the highest quality with a service that is second to none.

Because all our canopies and shelters are made bespoke to each order, we can alter them in the design stage to ensure that your canopy is suitable for your specific needs. In most circumstances we can make alterations such as the materials used, the finish and the size.

By choosing Able Canopies as your school canopy supplier, you will receive many benefits including:

  • High Quality Canopy and Shelter Systems Supplied and Installed by the Canopy Experts
  • Guarantees up to 10 Years– Many of our canopies are supplied with impressive guarantees including the popular Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy which is supplied with a full 10 year guarantee
  • A Free No Obligation Site Visit – We carry out free site surveys to enable us to provide you with a firm quotation which you can then take to your governors meetings or put forward for any funding applications you may apply for. Contact us to find out if you qualify
  • High UV Protection – You will find that the majority of our polycarbonate canopies offer in excess of 98% UV protection to those playing and learning underneath
  • Made to Measure Canopies – All our products, including our standard canopies are made to measure to ensure a perfect fit for your chosen area
  • Unlimited Lengths – Many of our structures have unlimited lengths so you can cover an area as little are as large as required
  • Wide Choice of Colours – Most canopies in our range are available in any RAL colour enabling you to match your existing outside colour scheme or creating a striking contrasting effect to produce a feature point within your outside area
  • Free Funding and Fundraising Advice – If you are looking to raise funds for your canopy, visit our school funding and fundraising pages and download your free guides
  • UKCA/CE Marked Canopies – All our canopies are ISOQAR UKCA/CE marked which shows the quality of our structures and working methods
  • Fully Qualified Staff – All staff have received the relevant training, are fully qualified for their roles have received the appropriate health and safety training to ensure you receive a top-quality service and installation
  • DBS Checked Installers – You will receive an efficient, non-intrusive installation by DBS checked, fully trained fitting teams (formally known as CRB checks)
  • Quick Installations Lead Times – Many of our canopies can be fully installed within as little as 1 or 2 days depending on the product and size
  • Peace of Mind – Able Canopies are a fully certified, professional company, that holds all the desired certifications including Constructionline Gold, Acclaim and ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 45001. This means that you can have peace of mind knowing that you are dealing with a professional company which has passed vigorous audits to achieve such certifications
  • Free Planning Assistance – We can help with your planning application if required by your local authority
  • Aftercare Service Provided – Once your canopy has been installed, you will be supplied with an aftersales pack which includes your aftercare schedule and guarantee certificate (if applicable). We are always at the end of the phone if you have any questions.

School Canopy Testimonials

“Excellent, professional services. We are very happy with the canopy”

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Primary School - Nelson, Lancashire

“From the very start of our enquiry and the finished installation the service was impeccable. A very professional company. “

Elm Road Primary School - Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

“Excellent service all round, nice product, highly recommended.”

The Chiltern School - Houghton Regis, Bedfodshire

To read more testimonials please click here: School Canopy Testimonials

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