free school project
management support

Supporting the Free School Programme with design, strategy and expertise

We support Free School proposers with the capital element of their project. 
We’ve been involved in the Free Schools Programme since Wave 1 and have team members who’ve worked both in-house at the DfE and externally on this progamme. 
We help clients design their schools and achieve a clear understanding of how their decisions will impact the delivery of education and the ongoing capital maintenance costs.
 We are currently supporting seven schools that were successful in the Wave 13 application round.

AMR Consult is delighted to have partnered with Premier Advisory Group (PAG) to provide support to trusts and other groups preparing free school applications. AMR is responsible for delivering all expertise surrounding sites and capital programmes to free school proposer groups, funded by the Department for Education (DfE)*.

The free schools programme remains at the forefront of the Government’s plans to level up standards across England and respond where there is demand for more school places. Since its inception in 2010, the programme has delivered hundreds of new schools and thousands of school places across the country.

The next year will see application waves for new special and alternative provision (AP) schools as a direct result of additional Government funding, as well as plans to invest in both Education Investment Areas and other areas of need with mainstream, special and AP schools.

Our Managing Director Ben McCarthy has been directly involved in the free school movement since 2010, providing support to over 50 groups and trusts from pre-application through to post opening phases.

We know that identifying sites and managing capital projects is one of the key barriers and challenges for free schools once they enter into pre-opening and beyond. By bringing our expertise to bear during the pre-application phase we help mitigate against these challenges at an early phase in the process, thereby supporting more excellent schools to open on time and on budget.

*The contract with the DfE commenced on 1st April 2022 and is for up to three years. It has an approximate value of £500,000 per annum.

Added Value

Whilst a capital project will be delivered by the Department for Education, there is no professional entity solely responsible for the Trust’s interests in relation to the design of the school and understanding how design decisions will impact educational delivery and ongoing capital maintenance costs.

Summary of Free School Build Support Related Services:

  • Project management
  • Pre-feasibility and Feasibility Study
  • Contractor Engagement
  • Drafting Contractor Proposals and Planning Submissions
  • Final CPs and Contract Close
  • Financial Close
  • Build Phase
  • Handover

Additional services

We can also provide additional services to support your estate’s development as and when required:

  • Measured Surveys and Space Analysis
  • Master Planning and Feasibility Assessments
  • Free School Bidding Support
  • LA brokering for Section 106 and Expansion Funding
  • Site Disposal Support
  • Asset Leasing Advise
  • Other funding support
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