Schools Land, Building and Trusts
DEADLINE 4TH MAY 2018
This is an urgent call for bids from VA Schools for Healthy Pupil Capital Funding. The deadline to return bids is 4 MAY 2018. Please send them to Heather Broadbent . More information and application form can be found here.
Asbestos Management Assurance Process
The DfE requires all Responsible Bodies to provide assurance on asbestos as per the user guide below. In this instance Responsible Body means the main employer of staff at the school and so for VA schools the governing body is the Responsible Body.
VA schools will each receive an AMAP Code and Responsible Body ID directly from the ESFA which will enable you to access your school’s details. The deadline for the submission of assurance on the AMAP portal is midday 31st May 2018. For more information please see the user guide at the link below.
The Diocese schools currently fall into three categories Academies, Voluntary Controlled and Voluntary Aided Schools. These have very distinct differences relating to their buildings but one commonality in regard to the land and buildings. The land and buildings are owned by the diocese generally under ancient trust deeds that have as the original Trustees Vicar and Church Wardens. There are numerous variations however it is helpful to generalise, at the same time as recognising the need to investigate fully the individual sites when required.
The Diocese’ role is to assist schools in safe guarding their assets of both the value of the buildings and land. To this end any alterations, extensions, expansions, and changes to the building generally require the permission of the Diocese. The Diocese particularly assists Voluntary Aided Schools in advising on building development and capital asset planning.
Academies: Land and buildings are held by Diocese and playing fields retained by Local Authority (LA) on a 125 year Lease.
Voluntary Controlled: Land and buildings held by Diocese and playing fields by LA. In 1944 VC Schools came under the LA and therefore they are responsible for maintenance of the buildings.
Voluntary Aided: Land and buildings held by Diocese and playing fields by LA. They remain as voluntary aided and funded schools supported by their local parish and are more independently funded. This gives the school access to different capital funding streams but also liabilities and obligations. Primarily the requirement to pay governors 10% on all capital funded projects including Devolved Formula Capital and Local Authority Co-ordinated Voluntary Aided Programme (LCVAP). They also unlike LA are required to pay VAT.