Shades for Schools

All-Weather Fabric Structures That Create Safe Play Environments for Young Children, With Over 92% UV Reduction


  • Nationwide service
  • All-year-round use in all weathers
  • 10 year framework guarantee
  • Free 3D visualisations
  • Engineered structures
  • Timber and steel frames
  • Dedicated project management
  • Over 30 pre-engineered designs


  • Low energy LED lighting
  • Infra-red heating

Quality Canopies Designed For Schools

ArcCan school shelters and canopies provide year-round protection from sun and rain, whether the use is as a walkway between classrooms, an entrance canopy, an outdoor classroom, a refectory, a theatre, a parent waiting area or a recreation shade.

Bringing young children out into the fresh air to learn and play is essential for their development. ArcCan shade structures allow healthy outdoor activities to be carried out 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 of the utmost importance for some years, and Ofsted has recommended that all schools have shaded areas in their playgrounds. Therefore, the natural progression has been to develop the practice by installing different types of permanent shade structures that allow greater use of the outdoor space.

ArcCan have a vast range of pre-engineered structures ready to suit most applications, such is the flexibility of our designs. Most are fully adaptable to suit individual needs – beyond that, our design department regularly creates bespoke structures that meet demanding criteria. We offer the complete package from design through manufacture, installation and aftercare, with standard models available for delivery within a few weeks.

We have been installing quality shade structures for over ten years and have led to good design and quality construction, so we can genuinely claim that an ArcCan shade is an excellent investment.

Alton Tensile Fabric Permanent Gazebo

Featured Product: Alton

A versatile self-draining tensile fabric square coned gazebo system

The Alton is a modular structure available in a wide range of sizes that can be installed as single units or coupled together to form large waterproof covered areas. Ideal as an outdoor classroom or as an al fresco dining area, the Alton is the number one choice of schools and colleges where an all-weather permanent solution has been sought.