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School Playground Shelters

Our playground canopies provide school children with the perfect opportunity to learn and play outdoors. Contact us for a quote today!

Our playground shelters enable schools to make the most of their outside space and provide their pupils with a sheltered and comfortable area in which to learn and play. Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) is regarded as an important initiative by Ofsted as it has been shown to help improve education standards and facilitate the personal and emotional growth of pupils. Our bespoke school shelters enable schools to embrace LOtC by creating a comfortable outdoor space for pupils and teachers to enjoy.

Interested in working with us? Get in touch for a free no-obligation quote from our experienced installers.

The Benefits of School Playground Shelters

Our high-quality, made-to-measure polycarbonate school shelters:

  • Provide schools with the opportunity to create comfortable outdoor areas for pupils to learn and play, no matter what the weather
  • Gives children and teachers an easy way to move inside and outside without getting wet or being exposed to the elements
  • Teachers will have the necessary facilities to teach children outside and meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage: Themes and Commitments, Enabling Environments, The Learning Environment.
Why Learning Outside the Classroom is so Important

Ofsted has produced a number of reports and documents demonstrating the importance of LOtC, and to help schools facilitate and develop LOtC opportunities for their pupils. A key document is the report Learning Outside the Classroom: How Far Should You Go?. This report examines LOtC in practice and highlights which schools and educational establishments are doing well and where there is room for improvement.

Key findings of the report include:

  • When planned and implemented well, learning outside the classroom contributed significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social and emotional development.
  • Learning outside the classroom was most successful when it was an integral element of long-term curriculum planning and closely linked to classroom activities.
  • The success of learning outside the classroom depended very much on the leadership of the schools and colleges.

It is clear from the report that Ofsted views LOtC as a key aspect of the education system, but in order to maximise opportunities for outside learning, schools are encouraged to provide a safe and comfortable educational environment for their pupils. Our playground canopies and school shelters can help them do just that, effectively creating waterproof outdoor classrooms that enable schools to follow Ofsted’s guidelines and embrace outdoor learning.

Playground Shade and Outdoor Covered Play Area Shelters

Bringing young children out into the open to learn and play is an essential part of their development. However, it is equally important to allow pupils to engage in outside activities in a safe environment where their exposure to harmful UV radiation is dramatically reduced. The need to provide UV filtering shelters for school children has been recognised for some years, and Ofsted has recommended that all schools have shaded areas in their playgrounds.

Clovis Canopies have extensive experience of manufacturing and installing playground shelters and covers that are highly effective at shielding pupils from the harmful effects if UV radiation. The school shelters that we installed at William Shrewsbury Primary School and John Bramston Primary School not only look fantastic but provide exceptional protection from harmful UV rays. These playground canopies are based on our Oxford Barrel and Oxford Lean-To designs respectively, although we are able to provide school playground covers in a range of canopy styles and designs.

Made to measure playground canopies for work and play

Quality and flexibility are the hallmarks of Clovis Canopies. Each shelter or canopy is individually made to suit the site in question and can be tailored to your specific requirements such as material specifications like metal structures or polycarbonate canopies. We are therefore not restricted to standard module sizes and can fit the structure to the space available maximising the covered area for the funds available. We have many satisfied customers and install hundreds of our playground canopies in schools and colleges throughout the UK each year.

As well as playground canopies, we also design and install school entrance canopies, covered walkways, covered dining areas and canopies for student recreational areas. For more information on all of our canopies, shelters and covers that we provide for schools, please view our school canopies page.

Order your playground shelter today

Interested in working with us? Get in touch for a free no-obligation quote from our experienced installers.

Why Clovis Canopies?
British made
Made to measure
Up to 25 year framework guarantee & 50 year structural design life
All year round use
After sales service

Applicable Designs

Oxford XL Barrel Vault Canopy

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Kent Umbrella Canopy

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Crescent Barrel Vault Canopy

The Crescent Barrel Vault is a large span canopy structure using a tapered trellis arch design. It is ideal for large communal areas such as covered outdoor dining and recreation…


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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I require planning permission?

We always advise that you call your local planning authority as there are no hard and fast rules. They will advise on whether you require planning permission for your proposed canopy. Although it differs from region to region canopies under 30m2 may not require permission but this can be affected by situations such as proximity to neighbours, listed building status, conservation areas etc. so it always best to check. We are happy to provide free of charge, scaled drawings etc. of the proposed canopy structure to assist your application should you require.

What guarantees are offered?

Subject to appropriate cleaning and maintenance we offer the following guarantees:-

  • Framework – 25 years against failure within design, wind and snow loadings
  • Polycarbonate – 10 years against discolouration from sunlight
  • Fabric Cladding – 10 years against degradation / failure from sunlight

We aim for 100% satisfaction 100% of the time.

What further peace of mind can you give us before we place an order?

We are a sound, family run company with a high credit rating, which has been manufacturing and installing modular steel buildings for over 45 years. A great deal of our work comes from repeat business and recommendations from existing customers (references available on request). We aim for 100% satisfaction 100% of the time. As well as being CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Scheme) accredited, Construction Line registered we are a approved contractor to many Local Authorities and large building contractors. You will be allocated a dedicated Contract Manager who can be contacted to answer any questions that you may have at any point in the process.

Will our concerns over children and staff safety be addressed prior to installation?

We have been working within schools for many years. All contractors are Clovis approved and CRB checked. Full risk assessments are carried out prior to starting installation taking into consideration your requirements and safety fencing is erected wherever needed at no additional charge.

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