Archbishop Holgate’s School in York Add Stylish Fabric Canopies

Archbishop Holgate’s School in York Add Stylish Fabric Canopies

What was the project?
To install five canopies across separate sections of the site at Archbishop Holgate’s School, York, North Yorkshire.

What was the problem?
Archbishop Holgate’s School in York has several spacious outdoor areas that they wanted to keep covered for students. Previously, at the same school, A&S Landscape had built and installed a dining canopy that had become very popular with students. The school got back in touch and asked them to install five more canopies to keep the students sheltered while spending time outside.

What was the solution?
Five separate canopies were used to maximise the school’s outdoor space. All five featured Slate Grey steelwork, with the two Maxima Tepee™ structures topped with Brown Red coloured fabric and the Maxima StarSail™ canopies with Raspberry. Separate styles were requested to suit the size and space of each outside area. This offers students more sheltered outdoor space alongside the existing dining canopy. They now have plenty of options when it comes to remaining dry in wet weather and cool in the height of summer.

What products did they use?
Two Maxima Tepee™ canopies were used to provide shade and shelter for students so they can utilise the outdoor space. Both of the Maxima Tepee™ designs were constructed from a Slate Grey steel frame and covered with a Brown Red fabric roof. In addition, three Maxima StarSail™ canopies were used to cover different parts of the playground. All of the StarSail™ canopies were made from chic-looking and durable Slate Grey steelwork and covered with a fun, raspberry-coloured fabric roof.

What was the result?
Archbishop Holgate’s School now has a good portion of its playground sheltered from the elements. This is popular with students and provides a protected place for them to hang out together and enjoy spending time outdoors.

Client testimonial
“All of the A&S Landscape staff were great. Everything was left perfect and in immaculate condition. They always turned up when they said so top marks for reliability. They also appreciated the ongoing project updates every step of the way both in delivery and production.”

A little bit about the client…
Archbishop Holgate’s School is a high achieving secondary school in York, North Yorkshire. With almost 2,000 students, including a Sixth Form department, Archbishop Holgate’s School has been consistently rated as Outstanding by Ofsted which is mirrored in the staff and students that attend the school.

Having recently had a covered dining area installed, they were overjoyed to hear that Archbishop Holgate’s School wanted four more canopies to be added to other parts of the playground. A&S Landscape always want their friendship with clients to be long-term which is why they were especially pleased to continue their work with the staff and Headteacher, Andrew Daly.

As always, everyone at Archbishop Holgate’s School was a joy to work with and they’re proud to be able to offer students even more sheltered outdoor space for them to enjoy together.

What is a fabric canopy?
Fabric canopies are made from either steel or timber posts and are covered with tensioned, colourful, waterproof PVC fabric or shade cloth. They’re extremely versatile and often used to provide shelter across a range of outdoor facilities, from children’s playgrounds to café dining areas. Their variety of fabric canopies covers all shapes, sizes and styles from umbrellas and parasols to tepees and sails.

Why are canopies suited to senior schools?
They understand the need for students to be able to get outside as much as possible. It’s not only good for their health and but also provides a much-needed respite from overcrowded indoor areas. Providing shelter in playgrounds and in between buildings is the perfect way for senior schools to give students access to the outside, whatever the weather. From getting together with friends to eating lunch outdoors, canopies are suited to senior schools because they bring a much-needed touch of colour as well as essential protection from the elements.

Canopies can also give students an extra location to study and can turn an otherwise drab part of a playground into a colourful and fun place to hang out. The more space there is for students to spend time in the fresh air, the more positive their overall educational experience will be.

Essentially, that’s why canopies suit senior schools. Students are provided with additional places to take shelter as well as having access to recreational and social settings to spend time with friends. Fabric canopies, especially, always look fun and stylish too, thanks to the wide range of colours available. That pop of colour in the playground really gives a burst of extra energy to the school day as well as ensures students have pride in their school and ultimately, themselves.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the benefits of adding a canopy to your senior school, you’re welcome to read some of these testimonials from senior school representatives.

How A&S Landscape can help you
A&S Landscape have been working within the canopy business for over 40 years. During this time they’ve helped to design, manufacture and install thousands of canopies across the UK. At A&S Landscape, they understand the need for quality just as much as the need for a fair and honest price. They also understand the importance of building excellent relationships with their customers and partners. Their hard-working, friendly and knowledgeable experts are a team that you can trust.

Whether you’re interested in covering outside space at a secondary school or asking for ideas to suit a different type of concept that you have in mind, A&S Landscape are here to help.

They’ve helped a wide range of sectors, including senior schools, parks and public spaces, sporting facilities, and healthcare centres, to name but a few. They stock and supply a huge selection of canopies for a wide choice of public and private sectors.

If you’d like to find out more about their choice of canopies and their competitive pricing policy, please get in touch by calling 01743 444100 or emailing

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