Blackpool Council's internal services have a wide range of experience in the delivery of capital projects from small scale refurbishments to multi million pound new builds. We would always welcome a discussion with any maintained, academy or free school if you are considering building works to your school.
The information below aims to help you if you are considering any works and provide you with the most up to date information on local and national frameworks.
Building Bulletin issues 98 and 99 are intended to give information about briefing frameworks for secondary and primary school building projects.
Building Bulletin issue 102 is intended to give information about designing schools for disabled children and children with special educational needs.
Additional guidance documents are available at http://www.gov.uk
Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP)
The Priority Schools Building Programme is a centrally managed programme set up to address the needs of the schools most in need of urgent repair. Through the programme, 261 schools will be rebuilt or have their condition needs met by the Education Funding Agency (EFA).
There are 4 schools in Blackpool that have been accepted on the scheme;
- Highfurlong Special School
- Aspire Academy (previously Collegiate High School)
- Hawes Side Primary School
- South Shore Academy
Work has started on site to create a brand new school housing Aspire Academy and Highfurlong Special School which is expected to be completed autumn 2015.
A bidder has been selected for both the Hawes Side and South Shore schemes with work expected to start on site in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
Priority Schools Building Programme 2 (PSBP 2)
Priority Schools Building Programme 2 was launched on 1 May 2014 to undertake major rebuilding and refurbishment projects to address the needs of those schools in the very worst condition. Local authorities, dioceses, sixth form colleges, academies and multi academy trusts (depending on the nature of the school) could submit expressions of interest for an entire school site or for one or multiple individual buildings.
The Education Funding Agency (EFA) currently anticipates that it will be able to inform applicants by the end of the year whether their application has been successful.
Further information including baseline designs for PSBP 1 and 2 can be found on the EFA's website.
Free school meals
From September 2014 all state-funded schools in England, including academies and free schools are to offer a free school lunch to all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2.
The advice document published by the Department for Education is for school leaders and governing bodies in all maintained schools, academies, free schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision with children in reception year 1 and year 2.
Primarily, the funding streams available are condition needs and basic need funding.
Condition needs funding
The local authority are provided with an element of formula based condition funding for local authority maintained schools. We assess the condition needs of each school regularly to establish the highest priority schools when reviewing this allocation.
As most schools are aware, condition surveys are typically undertaken every 5 years to ensure that school stock is maintained to a suitable standard and to ensure it is fit for occupation by both pupils and staff alike. Most schools are able to access their condition survey report via the asset management database P2.net (subject to the purchase of a Property Management SLA).
Examples of condition work undertaken;
- Roofing repairs
- Mechanical, heating and ventilation works
- Full electrical re-wires
- Brick work and cladding works
Basic need funding
This element of funding is allocated to the local authority form the Department for Education for all state funded schools within its area, including academies. The funding is allocated according to the relative need for new places, based on forecast data provided by the local authority.
It may be useful for you to discuss your ideas in more detail with the Local authority's planning department.