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innovative ways to extract value from your school site

5 April 2018
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The pressure on school leaders to manage reduced or stagnant budgets has never been greater. In the last academic year, it was a priority for 95% of school leaders, and for more than two thirds (67%), it was considered a major priority (Browne Jacobson and ASCL School Leaders Survey 2016). As a result many schools have been looking at ways to reduce costs.

In these challenging times, our expert property team have been looking at different ways to extract value from your school sites and create new ways for you to generate income, whilst minimising risk and making your life easier.

We hope you find our guide useful, and if you need any further advice please contact us.

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introduction to land transactions

Land occupied by schools and academies is protected by the provisions of statute and, in the case of academies, by the Funding Agreement and Academies Financial Handbook. The requirements vary depending on whether the school is a maintained school or an academy, and also on what the transaction involves.

Property and income generation - what should I consider?

Hear Julia Green’s top three considerations for schools and academies that are thinking of using their property for income generation.

Which land transactions require the Secretary of State’s consent?

We provide a useful outline of the requirements for maintained schools and academies in different types of land transactions.

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Disposals and change of use of school playing fields

Our straightforward overview of the outdoor space requirements and legislation that protects playing fields, which schools must be mindful of.

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collaborating with sports providers, telecoms and energy companies to drive value for your school

The rent paid in these sorts of arrangements can be very attractive to schools and academies, but there are a number of issues that need to be considered before you sign any agreements and to make sure your school receives the best value possible.

Working with commercial sports providers to create value on your school site

We provide a useful outline of what schools should consider before entering into any arrangements.

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Generating income - installing telecommunication masts on school sites

Our simple guide to the risks around the Telecommunications Code and gaining rent from telecoms leases.

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Generating income - installing electricity substations on school grounds

Our useful summary of considerations schools and academies should think about before entering into any arrangements.

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Focus on renewables

Improving the energy efficiency of buildings and generating income through renewables is something many academy trusts are considering. To find out more about our expert energy team and how they can help you.

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how to avoid disputes - understanding your lease, rights of way and boundaries

Whether you are converting to an academy trust, been approached by a neighbour who would like to have a right over school land, or concerned about public rights of way crossing school property, having a clear understanding of your school's obligations and responsibilities can enable situations to be resolved more easily.

Academy convertors and your obligations under the model lease

Our concise guide to obligations imposed on academy trusts under the model lease.

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Easements and rights of way

We provide a straighforward summary of what you need to do if you intend to grant an easement.

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Diverting and closing existing rights of way

We provide a useful overview of the statutory procedures and Diversion Orders that can be used to improve security on your school site.

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Boundaries, ownership and disputes

Our helpful summary of the legal principles around school boundry queries.

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training and events


150th Anniversary of State Education – Lessons Learned: reflections of 12 former Secretaries of State

Hosted by the BBC’s Education Correspondent Branwen Jefferys special guests including Baroness Nicky Morgan, Kenneth Clarke QC, Michael Gove, Justine Greening and Lord David Blunkett will come together to reflect on past successes of education, the unintended consequences of past policy, and to envision what still remains to be done.

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ISBL regional Conference Sheffield

Browne Jacobson’s Associate Sophie Jackson discusses the rise in growth of SEN and the impact of this on schools. Please note that this event was postponed from June 2020.

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Upcoming webinars

Effective Board and Members meetings; Covid-19 and beyond

Education Partners Nick MacKenzie and Dominic Swift discuss the approach to members and board meetings in the ‘new normal’ considering the benefits of virtual meetings and discuss how in the longer-term, boards might combine virtual and in-person meetings to be more effective.


Legal updates

Face masks/coverings in schools

As with many coronavirus-related issues, the answers are not straightforward, but we have provided our advice and guidance to help you prepare for the new term.


Legal updates

Managing pupil behaviour

The majority of pupils have returned to school, it may well seem a very different place and adapting to being back in a school setting will not come easily to some.


Legal updates

Staffing matters – guidance and FAQs for the full opening of schools in September

This guidance aims to assist school leaders to navigate the people challenges that may come with the full opening of schools in September.


The content on this page is provided for the purposes of general interest and information. It contains only brief summaries of aspects of the subject matter and does not provide comprehensive statements of the law. It does not constitute legal advice and does not provide a substitute for it.

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