SDBE

Developing Church of England Education

School Buildings

The Board assists church school governing bodies in maintaining, managing and improving their school buildings.

Our Finance and Development team administer the payments and recovery of grant aid for all building projects carried out at schools. We also administer schools' Devolved Formulae Capital (DFC) on behalf of the school governors.

As part of its responsibility under the Diocesan Boards of Education Measure 1991 (amended 2006), we provide advice and guidance to Church of England Voluntary Aided schools in relation to the design, specification and contract administration of building projects. We also administer an External Maintenance Scheme based on a pattern of voluntary parental giving, providing a fund for governors from which their 10% contribution is required for maintenance projects.

Place Planning Framework

This framework is a useful tool to assist Heads and Chairs in view of place planning matters. The material enables the school to evaluate the provision of additional school places, whether in advance of, or in response to requests from the Local Authority. An introductory letter, blank template and a completed example can be accessed in the Members’ Area.

Capital Programmes

The DfE guidance: Capital Funding for Voluntary Aided (VA) Schools in England (also known as the 'Blue Book') provides information relating to the management and delivery of capital programmes. For further information, please visit the DfE website.

Insurance for Church of England VA Schools

The Board advises its schools on Premises Insurance, Employers Liability Insurance, Public Liability Insurance, Legal Fees Insurance and Curriculum Equipment Insurance for Church of England Voluntary Aided Schools.