About Outdoor For Schools

Outdoor For Schools specialises in designing, manufacturing and installing playground equipment and more to inspire children of all ages and abilities. Our key mission is to help young people learn through outdoor experiences, by providing both physical and mental stimulation and promoting learning through a healthy active lifestyle. Being a division of A&E Leisure Ltd, a Reading-based manufacturer with our own factory and depots nationwide, we can provide a stress-free process from initial enquiry to ongoing after-sales support.

  • Designed in the UK.
  • Made in our UK factory.
  • Conforms to EN1176.
  • Bespoke products available.
  • All staff DBS checked.

Ranges for All Ages

Our outdoor play equipment, depending on the specific range, is suitable for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Key Stage 1 (KS1), Key Stage 2 (KS2) and Key Stage 3+ (KS3+). Our indoor and outdoor furniture is suitable for children of all ages with some items also being adaptable, or available in different sizes to suit different ages.

Our products have been designed to develop the knowledge and skills of young people set out by Key Stage targets. At Outdoor for Schools, we know that the life skills learned now will set them up for life and that outdoor learning is a key part of this.

All-Inclusive Play

With our own factory and in-house design team we are perfectly suited to ensure that all our play equipment and furniture matches your exact requirements. Our facilities enable us to passionately adhere to a policy of ‘all-inclusive’ play to enable children of all abilities to be involved in as much outdoor play and learning as possible.

Equipment can easily bespoke manufactured in particular dimensions, a particular design, special colours or with customized artwork. We can often also tailor equipment for particular needs. Many of our furniture ranges can be adapted for wheelchair-accessibility.

Our key mission is to produce equipment that helps children learn through play by challenging them both mentally and physically. We focus on the core fundamentals of learning to help us produce the very best products. We know that learning through play is about:

  • Providing opportunities for teachers and children to learn together.
  • Enabling children to develop their own ideas and interests.
  • Providing a stimulating and appropriate outdoor learning environment.
  • Creating opportunities for children to make choices and decisions.
  • Encourage risk-taking and learning to push boundaries.
  • Providing practical, interactive and enjoyable play experiences.
  • Developing a language for learning.
  • Encouraging children to think, do & review for themselves.
  • Provide teachers with a new, wider range of teaching strategies.
  • Sharing and demonstrating learning.


Outdoor For Schools manufactures all our play equipment, wooden furniture and the majority of our all-weather furniture in our own UK factory. We have depots nationwide to be able to provide a rapid and efficient service.

Sustainability is one of our values, whenever possible our products are made from environmentally friendly recycled and recyclable materials in our UK factory.

DBS (CRB) Checked teams

Our staff in-house team of consultants, designers, project management, and installation engineers are all DBS checked for your peace of mind. Unlike our competitors we do not outsource our design, manufacture, or installation.

Our teams are creative, imaginative and passionate about what we do to ensure we provide the very best tailor made outdoor solutions for your school.

Outdoor For Schools – A Trading Division of A&E Leisure

Outdoor For Schools is the separate school division of A&E Leisure Ltd, the UK’s leading provider of commercial outdoor furniture, shade and shelter, and play equipment trading as AEL Solutions. AEL is a respected brand in the commercial sector and its customer base includes many household names in the leisure, catering and hospitality sectors. To find out more about our commercial sector, visit our separate AEL website here.

Safety and Quality

Designed to inspire and excite – safety and quality matter most at Outdoor For Schools. All our play equipment is manufactured in the UK to comply with EN1176. What’s more, our inspectors visit sites and prepare detailed reports on the condition of your play equipment and surfacing, highlighting and prioritising any issues related to compliance with European Standards EN1176 and EN1177. To demonstrate due diligence it is recommended that, in addition to your own regular inspections, your play equipment is inspected annually by an external expert.


EN1176 and EN1177 compliant

Whatever Your Requirements, We Can Help

Whether you need inspiration or have in mind exactly what you want, we will bring your ideas to life with the help of our experienced school sales consultants and design team.

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