Outdoor Classroom Canopies

Inspire Outdoor Learning and Connection to Nature

Outdoor Classroom Shelters for Schools

Having an outdoor classroom is a fantastic way of getting children to learn while also enjoying the physical and mental benefits of being outside in the fresh air. What's even better than an outdoor classroom is an outdoor classroom with a canopy that provides essential weather protection for students.

The need to provide UV filtering shelters for school children has been of the utmost importance for some years, and Ofsted has recommended that all schools have shaded areas in their playgrounds.

Our outdoor classroom shelters use a tensile fabric roof that is highly translucent, allowing plenty of light for reading and writing. Our canopies are capable of spanning significant distances with minimal intermediary posts which make them perfect for outdoor learning environments.

We have a huge library of pre-designed models suitable for covering outdoor classrooms, our design department regularly draw up requests for special projects as well. Whatever the space, we have an answer!

Benefits of Outdoor Classroom Canopies

  • Warranted for 10-years of permanent usage against the most inclement weather, 25-year design life
  • Encourages outdoor learning
  • 100% UV protection
  • Ensures Ofsted standards are met

Outdoor Classroom Canopy Projects

Alton Tensile Fabric Canopy

Harris Academy, Peckham

ArcCan designed, supplied and installed a triple conic tensile fabric canopy to provide the school with a weatherproof area for outdoor learning and play.

Joining with the existing building, the canopy brings the indoors and outdoors together, making it an easier transition for children to the outdoors.

Stroud Valley Community School, Gloucestershire

Stroud Valley approached us to supply an outdoor classroom shade and presented us with a challenge. This was because the school asked for the canopies to be installed during the upcoming half-term break - which was only 6 weeks away!

The pre-designed Alton was not only the right choice in terms of time savings from choosing a standard structure, it is also a structure that is intended specifically as an outdoor classroom shade as one of its uses.

Alton Tensile Fabric Canopy

Client Testimonials

What they say...


Mr Hill


We are absolutely delighted with our Leaf structure. It really is very well designed and superbly engineered and fits in perfectly with the style of our house. We have no hesitation recommending ShadeLab products

Alison Forrest

Rockwell Collins

A very professional and helpful company. I have always had quick responses to emails and find everyone I have spoken to be friendly and supportive. They provide a very good service.

James Soloman

EDF Energy

Thank you for the presentation and work you put into this, met the brief, more importantly exceeded my expectation, which was super. A great team full of professionalism, clarity and delivery. Fully hit the brief given, expert advice, super presentation to planning and knowledge. Would seriously recommend over others if you're looking for quality.

Mr and Mrs Florence


We are enjoying your awning, looking forward to better weather to get back into the garden. Your awning is easy to open and close. We will be contacting you later to look for a side screen to go onto the side post. We give you top marks.

Mrs Meates


I was impressed with the team at ArcCan from start to finish. They matched the correct product for my needs and I would fully recommend them! -

Mr Goodworth


The design was exactly as we wished. I was impressed with the turnaround time from design to completion as we were on a tight timescale.

Harris Academy Peckham


They delivered to an extremely tight programme whilst ensuring that all statutory regulations were adhered to; including planning advice.

Crystal Peakes Shopping Centre


The installation was neat and straightforward and the canopies look really good. We have received several positive comments from customers and tenants alike and would not hesitate to use Arc-Can for any similar needs in future.

Forestry Commission

Brandon, Suffolk

The umbrellas look great and we are really pleased with them!

Rockinghorse Childrens Charity


It looks fantastic and is a worthy addition to the facilities we have for children here at the Alex - Many thanks for all your collective hard work in making it happen! -

East Sussex County Council

ArcCan responded well to our brief and their designs exceeded our expectations.