Schools Land, Building and Trusts
LCVAP Changes from 2020-2021
The DfE has announced that from 2020-2021 there will no longer be an LCVAP capital programme for our 52 VA schools. Instead the Diocese will directly receive an annual School Condition Allocation (SCA) which will be managed by the Diocesan Capital Assets Team. Together with the Church of England we have been campaigning for the Diocese to manage this capital maintenance grant funding directly, so we are pleased with this result.
Please find the letter which has been sent out by the DfE here.
Latest Form for LCVAP Capital Assets Development Plan 2019-2022
Managing & Maintaining Your Buildings
The Managing & Maintaining Your Buildings training session will be taking place on Thursday 4th October at Church House Hove (see flyer for further details). Please complete and return flyer to firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to attend.
Asbestos Management Assurance Process
Urgent – the DfE is to re-open the AMAP portal from mid-September for several weeks to allow for factual corrections.
We understand that schools which did not receive their AMAP codes and therefore have not been previously able to upload their information will be able to do so during this window.
Please contact email@example.com if you do not have your AMAP codes.
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 should have each received an AMAP Code and Responsible Body ID directly from the ESFA which will enable you to access your school’s details. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not received your codes. For more information please see the user guide at the link below.
Link to AMAP portal https://onlinecollections.des.fasst.org.uk/onlinecollections_ns/
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.