PFI Expiry

Understanding PFI Expiry: What You Need to Know

Introduction to PFI

The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) has been a cornerstone of public-private partnerships in infrastructure projects for decades. Under PFI, private sector companies finance, build, and manage public infrastructure projects, with the government paying for the service over a long-term contract period.

What is PFI Expiry?

PFI contracts typically have a fixed term, often spanning several decades, during which the private sector partner operates and maintains the infrastructure. PFI expiry refers to the end of this contract period, marking a significant milestone in the lifecycle of the project.

Implications of Expiry

Transition of Ownership: At expiry, ownership of the infrastructure usually transfers to the public sector, providing an opportunity for reassessment and restructuring of operational arrangements.

Financial Considerations: The end of a PFI contract can have financial implications for both the public and private sectors. It may involve renegotiating terms, settling outstanding payments, or exploring alternative financing models for maintenance and operation.

Service Continuity: Ensuring uninterrupted service provision is crucial during the transition phase. Plans for maintaining service levels and asset integrity should be established well in advance.

Opportunities for Improvement

PFI expiry offers a chance to reflect on the successes and challenges of the partnership. It provides an opportunity to incorporate lessons learned into future projects and to explore more efficient and transparent models of infrastructure procurement and management

As long-term PFI contracts draw to an end and assets are transferred back to public sector control, a review of the service delivery strategy must be conducted.  Fortunately, Help for Schools has a wealth of expertise with which they can guide this process; specifically regarding:

  • Reviewing contract documentation
  • Identifying hand back criteria
  • Procuring and carrying out condition surveys
  • Carrying out a strategic estate strategy
  • Providing facilities options analyses for use of assets post-expiry e.g. retain, lease to a third party, dispose
  • Providing asset valuations
  • Advising on asset disposals/redevelopment
  • Carrying out options appraisals for delivery of support services post-expiry
  • Procurement of support services post-expiry
  1. Government Guidelines and Reports:
  2. Industry Publications and Research Papers:

Testimonials

Hear from schools and trusts like yours that are benefiting from working with Help for Schools.

Help for Schools / Spencer Van der Werf has provided consistent high quality services to our Trust supporting our Capital Projects team deliver changes to our building infrastructure, improving the resources available and facilitating improved quality of teaching. He is able to interpret outline concepts, bring designs to the table, see through the building project management and quality check the final delivery. A great asset to secure your change plans.

Paul Atkinson – Director of Finance, Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South

Help for Schools is a reliable partner for complex projects, delivering solutions that are clear and effective. They excel in continuous improvement and proactive problem prevention in every interaction. I had the pleasure of working with Spencer on a project to convert shower rooms into a classroom, and I was impressed by his detailed project proposal and timely execution. He also identified many benefits, both tangible and intangible, from the project. Help for Schools will always be my first choice for project management.

Rachel Danso – Business Manager, Borough Academy

Help For Schools provided critical support to Day One Trust as we reconfigured our estates and facilities provision. They helped us understand our needs and manage the transition from an ineffective outsourced service to a professional in-house team. Their support included designing our team structure and guiding our recruitment, as well as establishing the systems and processes that team needed to work with. I’ve worked with Spencer and his team for many years on multiple projects and I’ve always found him to be professional, diligent, pragmatic and committed to students by securing high quality and value for money estates and facilities provision.

Fred Sharrock – CEO at Day One Trust

Help For Schools has played an integral role in overseeing and managing a £28 million project – the build of a new secondary school in central London. From the client perspective Spencer has managed effectively the multiple partners engaged in this project, from the comms to the project plan. His strengths lie in his attention to detail, his ability to find solutions to complex problems and his delivery of results.

Declan Jones – Principal at Borough Academy

I have known Simon for several years and he has always been a font of wisdom, advice and an intelligent steer to educational professionals; especially those looking to leadership. What has struck me most about his approach has been his willingness to engage with kindness without the need for reciprocity. Someone with true integrity.

Barry Cooper – Founding Principal at The Global College


Capital Projects Management

At Brown Consult, we specialise in providing comprehensive services tailored to schools undertaking capital building or refurbishment projects financed through various channels such as Capital Improvement Funding (CIF), School Condition Allocation (SCA), and Dissolved Formula Capital (DFC).

Our wide range of services includes:

Condition Surveys: Thorough assessments are conducted to evaluate the current state of school buildings, guiding subsequent decisions and planning.

Works Modelling: Utilising advanced modelling techniques to identify and prioritize required works based on factors such as urgency, condition, and age of the infrastructure.

Procurement Management: Assisting schools in the procurement process, ensuring the selection of reliable contractors and suppliers who can deliver high-quality outcomes within the allocated budget and timeframe.

Project Management: From inception to completion, our experienced team oversees all aspects of the project, ensuring seamless coordination between stakeholders, adherence to timelines, and compliance with regulatory standards.

Tender Specifications: Crafting detailed specifications tailored to the unique needs of each project, facilitating clear communication and accurate bidding from potential contractors.

Architectural Design and Planning Permission: Providing architectural design services and managing the submission process for planning permission when necessary, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations and guidelines.

RIBA Stages 1 to 7: Guiding projects through all stages of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) plan of work, ensuring thorough planning, design development, and execution.

Project Feasibility, Design, and Specification:

Our services are structured to ensure that:

  • Projects align with desired outcomes, whether they be aesthetic, functional, or regulatory.
  • Spatial requirements are meticulously met, optimising the use of available space and facilities.
  • Site and building issues, including potential constraints and safety considerations such as asbestos management, are identified and addressed proactively.
  • Stringent adherence to all statutory and legislative processes, guaranteeing compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
  • Projects are executed within the confines of the allocated budget, maximising cost-effectiveness and value for our clients.

With Brown Consult, schools can trust that their capital projects will be managed with precision, expertise, and a commitment to delivering exceptional results that enhance the learning environment for students and staff alike.

 

Testimonials

Hear from schools and trusts like yours that are benefiting from working with Help for Schools.

Help for Schools / Spencer Van der Werf has provided consistent high quality services to our Trust supporting our Capital Projects team deliver changes to our building infrastructure, improving the resources available and facilitating improved quality of teaching. He is able to interpret outline concepts, bring designs to the table, see through the building project management and quality check the final delivery. A great asset to secure your change plans.

Paul Atkinson – Director of Finance, Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South

Help for Schools is a reliable partner for complex projects, delivering solutions that are clear and effective. They excel in continuous improvement and proactive problem prevention in every interaction. I had the pleasure of working with Spencer on a project to convert shower rooms into a classroom, and I was impressed by his detailed project proposal and timely execution. He also identified many benefits, both tangible and intangible, from the project. Help for Schools will always be my first choice for project management.

Rachel Danso – Business Manager, Borough Academy

Help For Schools provided critical support to Day One Trust as we reconfigured our estates and facilities provision. They helped us understand our needs and manage the transition from an ineffective outsourced service to a professional in-house team. Their support included designing our team structure and guiding our recruitment, as well as establishing the systems and processes that team needed to work with. I’ve worked with Spencer and his team for many years on multiple projects and I’ve always found him to be professional, diligent, pragmatic and committed to students by securing high quality and value for money estates and facilities provision.

Fred Sharrock – CEO at Day One Trust

Help For Schools has played an integral role in overseeing and managing a £28 million project – the build of a new secondary school in central London. From the client perspective Spencer has managed effectively the multiple partners engaged in this project, from the comms to the project plan. His strengths lie in his attention to detail, his ability to find solutions to complex problems and his delivery of results.

Declan Jones – Principal at Borough Academy

I have known Simon for several years and he has always been a font of wisdom, advice and an intelligent steer to educational professionals; especially those looking to leadership. What has struck me most about his approach has been his willingness to engage with kindness without the need for reciprocity. Someone with true integrity.

Barry Cooper – Founding Principal at The Global College


Procurement

At Brown Consult, our commitment is to deeply understand the unique needs and requirements of your Trust, enabling us to deliver the most suitable and cost-effective solutions. As an independent entity, we prioritise safeguarding your budget while ensuring the highest standards of service and quality.

Our expertise lies in crafting bespoke tender specifications tailored to address all aspects of your estate requirements. Whether you’re seeking services for cleaning, grounds maintenance, mechanical and electrical maintenance, energy management, utilities, or capital building works, we’re equipped to assist you at every step of the process.

Tailored Tender Specifications: We specialise in creating customized tender specifications that precisely align with your Trust’s objectives and operational needs. Our detailed approach ensures that every aspect of your estate requirements is carefully considered, resulting in comprehensive and effective tender documents.

End-to-End Procurement Management: From the initial stages of stakeholder engagement to post-mobilisation support, we offer full-scale procurement management services. Our dedicated team provides a single point of contact throughout the entire process, offering seamless communication and support from project inception to contract award and beyond.

Comprehensive Services Offered:

  • Cleaning: Tailored cleaning solutions designed to meet the unique demands of your educational environment, ensuring a clean and hygienic space conducive to learning.
  • Grounds Maintenance: Professional maintenance services to upkeep the exterior spaces of your school or Trust, creating safe and aesthetically pleasing surroundings for students, staff, and visitors.
  • Mechanical and Electrical Maintenance: Expert maintenance and repair services for mechanical and electrical systems, ensuring optimal functionality and energy efficiency throughout your facilities.
  • Energy Management: Strategic energy management solutions aimed at reducing costs, minimizing environmental impact, and optimizing energy usage across your estate.
  • Utilities: Comprehensive management of utility services, including procurement, monitoring, and optimisation to ensure cost-effectiveness and sustainability.
  • Capital Building Works: Support and guidance throughout the procurement and management of capital building projects, ensuring timely delivery and adherence to quality standards.

At Brown Consult, we are dedicated to delivering exceptional results that enhance the efficiency, safety, and overall functionality of your educational facilities. Partner with us to streamline your procurement processes and achieve your Trust’s goals with confidence.

Testimonials

Hear from schools and trusts like yours that are benefiting from working with Help for Schools.

Help for Schools / Spencer Van der Werf has provided consistent high quality services to our Trust supporting our Capital Projects team deliver changes to our building infrastructure, improving the resources available and facilitating improved quality of teaching. He is able to interpret outline concepts, bring designs to the table, see through the building project management and quality check the final delivery. A great asset to secure your change plans.

Paul Atkinson – Director of Finance, Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South

Help for Schools is a reliable partner for complex projects, delivering solutions that are clear and effective. They excel in continuous improvement and proactive problem prevention in every interaction. I had the pleasure of working with Spencer on a project to convert shower rooms into a classroom, and I was impressed by his detailed project proposal and timely execution. He also identified many benefits, both tangible and intangible, from the project. Help for Schools will always be my first choice for project management.

Rachel Danso – Business Manager, Borough Academy

Help For Schools provided critical support to Day One Trust as we reconfigured our estates and facilities provision. They helped us understand our needs and manage the transition from an ineffective outsourced service to a professional in-house team. Their support included designing our team structure and guiding our recruitment, as well as establishing the systems and processes that team needed to work with. I’ve worked with Spencer and his team for many years on multiple projects and I’ve always found him to be professional, diligent, pragmatic and committed to students by securing high quality and value for money estates and facilities provision.

Fred Sharrock – CEO at Day One Trust

Help For Schools has played an integral role in overseeing and managing a £28 million project – the build of a new secondary school in central London. From the client perspective Spencer has managed effectively the multiple partners engaged in this project, from the comms to the project plan. His strengths lie in his attention to detail, his ability to find solutions to complex problems and his delivery of results.

Declan Jones – Principal at Borough Academy

I have known Simon for several years and he has always been a font of wisdom, advice and an intelligent steer to educational professionals; especially those looking to leadership. What has struck me most about his approach has been his willingness to engage with kindness without the need for reciprocity. Someone with true integrity.

Barry Cooper – Founding Principal at The Global College


Data Analysis & Leadership

We have worked with charities and several multi-academy trusts to improve how data can be used to support better outcomes. Recent work includes consultancy support for the Fisher Family Trust, Whole Education and the Teacher Development Trust. Most recent projects include supporting leaders in Academy trusts to align assessment, management information systems and resources so that they reduce duplication and contribute towards local and central needs. 

  • System standardisation and centralisation of reporting 
  • Data collection and management 
  • Visualisation of near-real time and longitudinal data 
  • Identification and impact tracking of focus groups 
  • Modelling and forecasting 
  • Research, evaluation and planning for impact 
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion reporting 
  • MIS procurement – intent, implementation and impact 
  • Pupil Premium Analysis 
  • Leadership data coaching 

Please do enquire about our services.

Testimonials

Hear from schools and trusts like yours that are benefiting from working with Help for Schools.

Help for Schools / Spencer Van der Werf has provided consistent high quality services to our Trust supporting our Capital Projects team deliver changes to our building infrastructure, improving the resources available and facilitating improved quality of teaching. He is able to interpret outline concepts, bring designs to the table, see through the building project management and quality check the final delivery. A great asset to secure your change plans.

Paul Atkinson – Director of Finance, Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South

Help for Schools is a reliable partner for complex projects, delivering solutions that are clear and effective. They excel in continuous improvement and proactive problem prevention in every interaction. I had the pleasure of working with Spencer on a project to convert shower rooms into a classroom, and I was impressed by his detailed project proposal and timely execution. He also identified many benefits, both tangible and intangible, from the project. Help for Schools will always be my first choice for project management.

Rachel Danso – Business Manager, Borough Academy

Help For Schools provided critical support to Day One Trust as we reconfigured our estates and facilities provision. They helped us understand our needs and manage the transition from an ineffective outsourced service to a professional in-house team. Their support included designing our team structure and guiding our recruitment, as well as establishing the systems and processes that team needed to work with. I’ve worked with Spencer and his team for many years on multiple projects and I’ve always found him to be professional, diligent, pragmatic and committed to students by securing high quality and value for money estates and facilities provision.

Fred Sharrock – CEO at Day One Trust

Help For Schools has played an integral role in overseeing and managing a £28 million project – the build of a new secondary school in central London. From the client perspective Spencer has managed effectively the multiple partners engaged in this project, from the comms to the project plan. His strengths lie in his attention to detail, his ability to find solutions to complex problems and his delivery of results.

Declan Jones – Principal at Borough Academy

I have known Simon for several years and he has always been a font of wisdom, advice and an intelligent steer to educational professionals; especially those looking to leadership. What has struck me most about his approach has been his willingness to engage with kindness without the need for reciprocity. Someone with true integrity.

Barry Cooper – Founding Principal at The Global College


Energy Consultation

Specialists in our field, we are constantly analysing the energy markets. There are significant advantages to continuously monitoring wholesale market prices alongside fundamental factors such as energy related commodity prices. This experience means that we are not only aware of the best and most advantageous times to buy energy contracts but we are also able to match clients with suppliers most appropriate to their needs.

No need to wait until your contract is about to end if it’s advantageous to procure early, we can forward buy your next contract.

As part of our procurement process, before tendering to all selected suppliers, we carry out a detailed discussion to ensure your needs and requirements are fully understood and met. This might include such things as:

  • Specific billing requirement: Monthly / Quarterly / Centralised billing
  • Co terminus end dates
  • Smart metering
  • Reporting

If you would like to find out if you’re getting the best value for money from your energy supplier, come and talk to us. We will work with you to determine your requirements and investigate which supplier’s best meet your needs. As part of our service, we follow up and manage any discrepancies or errors in billing. All we require is a signed Letter of Authority (makes us compliant with the data protection act) and a recent electricity bill. We deal with all the paperwork, manage the contract and ensure that it transfers smoothly on the due dates, leaving you to concentrate on running your business. Interested?

Support

Our total support package ensures that you have a one stop shop pre and post contract. What does this mean? As well as handling the tendering and pre contract negotiations, we will, after go live, support your requirements so that you can call us if you have any issues regarding direct debits, meter reads, billing, changing tenancy, moving premises or any other energy related matter. In short, you never need call your energy supplier when you can obtain support from Help for Schools

Testimonials

Hear from schools and trusts like yours that are benefiting from working with Help for Schools.

Help for Schools / Spencer Van der Werf has provided consistent high quality services to our Trust supporting our Capital Projects team deliver changes to our building infrastructure, improving the resources available and facilitating improved quality of teaching. He is able to interpret outline concepts, bring designs to the table, see through the building project management and quality check the final delivery. A great asset to secure your change plans.

Paul Atkinson – Director of Finance, Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South

Help for Schools is a reliable partner for complex projects, delivering solutions that are clear and effective. They excel in continuous improvement and proactive problem prevention in every interaction. I had the pleasure of working with Spencer on a project to convert shower rooms into a classroom, and I was impressed by his detailed project proposal and timely execution. He also identified many benefits, both tangible and intangible, from the project. Help for Schools will always be my first choice for project management.

Rachel Danso – Business Manager, Borough Academy

Help For Schools provided critical support to Day One Trust as we reconfigured our estates and facilities provision. They helped us understand our needs and manage the transition from an ineffective outsourced service to a professional in-house team. Their support included designing our team structure and guiding our recruitment, as well as establishing the systems and processes that team needed to work with. I’ve worked with Spencer and his team for many years on multiple projects and I’ve always found him to be professional, diligent, pragmatic and committed to students by securing high quality and value for money estates and facilities provision.

Fred Sharrock – CEO at Day One Trust

Help For Schools has played an integral role in overseeing and managing a £28 million project – the build of a new secondary school in central London. From the client perspective Spencer has managed effectively the multiple partners engaged in this project, from the comms to the project plan. His strengths lie in his attention to detail, his ability to find solutions to complex problems and his delivery of results.

Declan Jones – Principal at Borough Academy

I have known Simon for several years and he has always been a font of wisdom, advice and an intelligent steer to educational professionals; especially those looking to leadership. What has struck me most about his approach has been his willingness to engage with kindness without the need for reciprocity. Someone with true integrity.

Barry Cooper – Founding Principal at The Global College


Consultancy for School Rebuilding Programme

About Our School Rebuilding Programme Commitment

At Help for Schools, we are committed to providing safe, modern, and conducive learning environments for students across our communities. Our School Rebuilding Program aims to revitalise ageing school infrastructure, ensuring that every child has access to high-quality educational facilities.

Our Approach to Project Management

Strategic Planning

We begin each project with a comprehensive strategic planning phase, assessing the needs of the school community, setting project goals, and establishing key milestones.

Stakeholder Engagement

We believe in the power of collaboration. Our project management approach emphasizes open communication and engagement with all stakeholders, including school administrators, teachers, parents, students, and local authorities.

Transparent Communication

Transparency is at the core of our project management philosophy. We provide regular updates on project progress, timelines, and budget allocations to keep stakeholders informed and involved every step of the way.

Risk Management

Identifying and mitigating risks is essential for project success. Our experienced project managers employ robust risk management strategies to anticipate and address potential challenges proactively.

Quality Assurance

We are committed to delivering high-quality outcomes that meet the needs and expectations of the school community. Rigorous quality assurance processes are integrated into every stage of the project lifecycle to ensure compliance with industry standards and regulations.

Help for Schools can offer the following services to schools that are planning to build new schools, onboarding new schools and expansion:  We provide the following:

  • Client-side project management dealing with the DfE, DfE Technical Advisors, Principal construction contractors, Architects, Councils and Trust/School stakeholder engagement.
  • Associated Planning Consent Agreements: Experience working on projects with Section 106 and Section 278 requirements.
  • Procurement of FF&E for loose and fixed via FAL payments
  • Designing of Science Laboratories, DT rooms etc
  • Guidance and implementation DfE facilities Standards Spec into final designs.
  • Guidance on implementation of Good Estate Management for Schools (GEMS)
  • Guidance of lifecycle models if required

Please do enquire about our services.

Testimonials

Hear from schools and trusts like yours that are benefiting from working with Help for Schools.

Help for Schools / Spencer Van der Werf has provided consistent high quality services to our Trust supporting our Capital Projects team deliver changes to our building infrastructure, improving the resources available and facilitating improved quality of teaching. He is able to interpret outline concepts, bring designs to the table, see through the building project management and quality check the final delivery. A great asset to secure your change plans.

Paul Atkinson – Director of Finance, Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South

Help for Schools is a reliable partner for complex projects, delivering solutions that are clear and effective. They excel in continuous improvement and proactive problem prevention in every interaction. I had the pleasure of working with Spencer on a project to convert shower rooms into a classroom, and I was impressed by his detailed project proposal and timely execution. He also identified many benefits, both tangible and intangible, from the project. Help for Schools will always be my first choice for project management.

Rachel Danso – Business Manager, Borough Academy

Help For Schools provided critical support to Day One Trust as we reconfigured our estates and facilities provision. They helped us understand our needs and manage the transition from an ineffective outsourced service to a professional in-house team. Their support included designing our team structure and guiding our recruitment, as well as establishing the systems and processes that team needed to work with. I’ve worked with Spencer and his team for many years on multiple projects and I’ve always found him to be professional, diligent, pragmatic and committed to students by securing high quality and value for money estates and facilities provision.

Fred Sharrock – CEO at Day One Trust

Help For Schools has played an integral role in overseeing and managing a £28 million project – the build of a new secondary school in central London. From the client perspective Spencer has managed effectively the multiple partners engaged in this project, from the comms to the project plan. His strengths lie in his attention to detail, his ability to find solutions to complex problems and his delivery of results.

Declan Jones – Principal at Borough Academy

I have known Simon for several years and he has always been a font of wisdom, advice and an intelligent steer to educational professionals; especially those looking to leadership. What has struck me most about his approach has been his willingness to engage with kindness without the need for reciprocity. Someone with true integrity.

Barry Cooper – Founding Principal at The Global College


Facilities Management

Brown Consult is your trusted partner in delivering comprehensive facilities management solutions tailored to the unique needs of your School, Academy, or Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). Our dedicated team is committed to collaborating closely with you to develop and implement a facilities management (FM) strategy that aligns perfectly with your organization’s objectives and requirements.

Customised FM Solutions: We understand that every educational institution has its own set of challenges and priorities. That’s why we offer personalised FM solutions, ranging from reactive maintenance to meticulously planned preventative programs. Our approach is designed to optimise the functionality and longevity of your facilities while ensuring minimal disruption to daily operations.

Safety, Security, and Compliance: At Brown Consult, we prioritise the safety, security, and well-being of students, staff, and visitors above all else. Our team is well-versed in all statutory and regulatory requirements governing educational facilities, and we go above and beyond to ensure full compliance in all aspects of our work.

Commitment to Quality and Value: We are dedicated to delivering a high-quality service at a competitive price point, ensuring maximum value for your investment. Our experienced team leverages industry best practices and cutting-edge technologies to maintain your facilities to the highest standards. From energy-efficient solutions to cost-effective maintenance strategies.

Experienced Team, Exceptional Service: With Brown Consult, you can trust that your FM needs are in capable hands. Our team brings a wealth of experience and expertise to every project, delivering prompt, reliable, and professional service at every turn. From routine maintenance tasks to complex facility upgrades, we are committed to exceeding your expectations and ensuring the continued success of your institution.

Get in Touch: Ready to elevate your facilities management strategy? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to learn more about our comprehensive range of services. Whether you have specific requirements or need assistance in developing a tailored FM solution, we’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards optimising your institution’s facilities management practices.

Testimonials

Hear from schools and trusts like yours that are benefiting from working with Help for Schools.

Help for Schools / Spencer Van der Werf has provided consistent high quality services to our Trust supporting our Capital Projects team deliver changes to our building infrastructure, improving the resources available and facilitating improved quality of teaching. He is able to interpret outline concepts, bring designs to the table, see through the building project management and quality check the final delivery. A great asset to secure your change plans.

Paul Atkinson – Director of Finance, Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South

Help for Schools is a reliable partner for complex projects, delivering solutions that are clear and effective. They excel in continuous improvement and proactive problem prevention in every interaction. I had the pleasure of working with Spencer on a project to convert shower rooms into a classroom, and I was impressed by his detailed project proposal and timely execution. He also identified many benefits, both tangible and intangible, from the project. Help for Schools will always be my first choice for project management.

Rachel Danso – Business Manager, Borough Academy

Help For Schools provided critical support to Day One Trust as we reconfigured our estates and facilities provision. They helped us understand our needs and manage the transition from an ineffective outsourced service to a professional in-house team. Their support included designing our team structure and guiding our recruitment, as well as establishing the systems and processes that team needed to work with. I’ve worked with Spencer and his team for many years on multiple projects and I’ve always found him to be professional, diligent, pragmatic and committed to students by securing high quality and value for money estates and facilities provision.

Fred Sharrock – CEO at Day One Trust

Help For Schools has played an integral role in overseeing and managing a £28 million project – the build of a new secondary school in central London. From the client perspective Spencer has managed effectively the multiple partners engaged in this project, from the comms to the project plan. His strengths lie in his attention to detail, his ability to find solutions to complex problems and his delivery of results.

Declan Jones – Principal at Borough Academy

I have known Simon for several years and he has always been a font of wisdom, advice and an intelligent steer to educational professionals; especially those looking to leadership. What has struck me most about his approach has been his willingness to engage with kindness without the need for reciprocity. Someone with true integrity.

Barry Cooper – Founding Principal at The Global College


Furniture & Design

We specialise in a full range of office and education furniture from some of the leading UK manufacturers.

Clients include top universities, trusts and schools.  We supply both traditional and modern styles of furniture with something for every budget. Together with our design team we can work with you to produce a concept that is not only suitable and within budget but provides a working space to wow everyone, we do this by using and working with leading UK manufacturers

When it comes to procuring school furniture, the entire process can be intimidating; after all, it involves investing a great deal of resources out of your school budget. However, rather than simply picking pieces from a catalogue for outfitting a new classroom or updating old chairs and tables, there are better ways. We will listen to your needs and come up with a solution to suit your style and budget. From your initial site survey right through to the installation we will be at your side ensuring your space is completed to the highest standard and one that you can be proud of.

Should you be interested, we would be delighted to offer you a quote and put together layout drawings for your perusal. Rest assured, though, that no pressure will be exerted upon you to make a purchase.

 

 

Testimonials

Hear from schools and trusts like yours that are benefiting from working with Help for Schools.

Help for Schools / Spencer Van der Werf has provided consistent high quality services to our Trust supporting our Capital Projects team deliver changes to our building infrastructure, improving the resources available and facilitating improved quality of teaching. He is able to interpret outline concepts, bring designs to the table, see through the building project management and quality check the final delivery. A great asset to secure your change plans.

Paul Atkinson – Director of Finance, Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South

Help for Schools is a reliable partner for complex projects, delivering solutions that are clear and effective. They excel in continuous improvement and proactive problem prevention in every interaction. I had the pleasure of working with Spencer on a project to convert shower rooms into a classroom, and I was impressed by his detailed project proposal and timely execution. He also identified many benefits, both tangible and intangible, from the project. Help for Schools will always be my first choice for project management.

Rachel Danso – Business Manager, Borough Academy

Help For Schools provided critical support to Day One Trust as we reconfigured our estates and facilities provision. They helped us understand our needs and manage the transition from an ineffective outsourced service to a professional in-house team. Their support included designing our team structure and guiding our recruitment, as well as establishing the systems and processes that team needed to work with. I’ve worked with Spencer and his team for many years on multiple projects and I’ve always found him to be professional, diligent, pragmatic and committed to students by securing high quality and value for money estates and facilities provision.

Fred Sharrock – CEO at Day One Trust

Help For Schools has played an integral role in overseeing and managing a £28 million project – the build of a new secondary school in central London. From the client perspective Spencer has managed effectively the multiple partners engaged in this project, from the comms to the project plan. His strengths lie in his attention to detail, his ability to find solutions to complex problems and his delivery of results.

Declan Jones – Principal at Borough Academy

I have known Simon for several years and he has always been a font of wisdom, advice and an intelligent steer to educational professionals; especially those looking to leadership. What has struck me most about his approach has been his willingness to engage with kindness without the need for reciprocity. Someone with true integrity.

Barry Cooper – Founding Principal at The Global College


Advisory on Estates Executive Leadership

In-house senior leadership advisory service for independent schools, and smaller size Trusts providing services such as:

  • Sustainability
  • Procurement policies
  • Health and Safety policy and procedures
  • Website compliance for Ofsted and DfE requirements
  • Asset Management
  • Guidance on implementation of Good Estate Management for Schools (GEMS)

CREATE A TRUST ESTATES VISION

  • Meet the requirements of the trustee
  • Align with other strategic documents
  • Align with the education vision

FORMULATE AN ESTATES STRATEGY

  • What the Trust requires from its estate to support the estate vision
  • The various options available to help achieve its needs
  • A framework for property-related decision making
  • Specific outcomes and associated timescales to achieve these

CREATE SCHOOL ASSET MANAGEMENT PLANS

  • Projects meet desired project outcomes
  • Projects meet project spatial requirements
  • All site and building issues and any constraints are identified and managed safely
  • All statutory and legislative processes and requirements are adhered to – including asbestos
  • The project is delivered in line with the available budget

Please do enquire about our services.

Testimonials

Hear from schools and trusts like yours that are benefiting from working with Help for Schools.

Help for Schools / Spencer Van der Werf has provided consistent high quality services to our Trust supporting our Capital Projects team deliver changes to our building infrastructure, improving the resources available and facilitating improved quality of teaching. He is able to interpret outline concepts, bring designs to the table, see through the building project management and quality check the final delivery. A great asset to secure your change plans.

Paul Atkinson – Director of Finance, Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South

Help for Schools is a reliable partner for complex projects, delivering solutions that are clear and effective. They excel in continuous improvement and proactive problem prevention in every interaction. I had the pleasure of working with Spencer on a project to convert shower rooms into a classroom, and I was impressed by his detailed project proposal and timely execution. He also identified many benefits, both tangible and intangible, from the project. Help for Schools will always be my first choice for project management.

Rachel Danso – Business Manager, Borough Academy

Help For Schools provided critical support to Day One Trust as we reconfigured our estates and facilities provision. They helped us understand our needs and manage the transition from an ineffective outsourced service to a professional in-house team. Their support included designing our team structure and guiding our recruitment, as well as establishing the systems and processes that team needed to work with. I’ve worked with Spencer and his team for many years on multiple projects and I’ve always found him to be professional, diligent, pragmatic and committed to students by securing high quality and value for money estates and facilities provision.

Fred Sharrock – CEO at Day One Trust

Help For Schools has played an integral role in overseeing and managing a £28 million project – the build of a new secondary school in central London. From the client perspective Spencer has managed effectively the multiple partners engaged in this project, from the comms to the project plan. His strengths lie in his attention to detail, his ability to find solutions to complex problems and his delivery of results.

Declan Jones – Principal at Borough Academy

I have known Simon for several years and he has always been a font of wisdom, advice and an intelligent steer to educational professionals; especially those looking to leadership. What has struck me most about his approach has been his willingness to engage with kindness without the need for reciprocity. Someone with true integrity.

Barry Cooper – Founding Principal at The Global College


Health and Safety

A competent and experienced health and safety consultant will audit your school’s premises, policies, and procedures. Keeping track of your health and safety management and compliance with health and safety regulations will help you manage your health and safety better.  

Among the recommendations in the audit report is a health and safety improvement plan for the school. Following the review, it will be clear which areas need improvement in health and safety management, as well as those that are positive. 

We offer: 

  • The training of senior leaders, site managers and staff on health and safety .  Training can be tailored to suit the needs of the Trust/School 
  • An audit of the compliance of the school safety management system 
  • Free telephone support, we provide ongoing health and safety consultancy advice 
  • Health and safety inspections at schools 
  • Participate in meetings of the Governors and walk-rounds 
  • Fire risk assessments  

Please do enquire about our services.

 

Testimonials

Hear from schools and trusts like yours that are benefiting from working with Help for Schools.

Help for Schools / Spencer Van der Werf has provided consistent high quality services to our Trust supporting our Capital Projects team deliver changes to our building infrastructure, improving the resources available and facilitating improved quality of teaching. He is able to interpret outline concepts, bring designs to the table, see through the building project management and quality check the final delivery. A great asset to secure your change plans.

Paul Atkinson – Director of Finance, Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South

Help for Schools is a reliable partner for complex projects, delivering solutions that are clear and effective. They excel in continuous improvement and proactive problem prevention in every interaction. I had the pleasure of working with Spencer on a project to convert shower rooms into a classroom, and I was impressed by his detailed project proposal and timely execution. He also identified many benefits, both tangible and intangible, from the project. Help for Schools will always be my first choice for project management.

Rachel Danso – Business Manager, Borough Academy

Help For Schools provided critical support to Day One Trust as we reconfigured our estates and facilities provision. They helped us understand our needs and manage the transition from an ineffective outsourced service to a professional in-house team. Their support included designing our team structure and guiding our recruitment, as well as establishing the systems and processes that team needed to work with. I’ve worked with Spencer and his team for many years on multiple projects and I’ve always found him to be professional, diligent, pragmatic and committed to students by securing high quality and value for money estates and facilities provision.

Fred Sharrock – CEO at Day One Trust

Help For Schools has played an integral role in overseeing and managing a £28 million project – the build of a new secondary school in central London. From the client perspective Spencer has managed effectively the multiple partners engaged in this project, from the comms to the project plan. His strengths lie in his attention to detail, his ability to find solutions to complex problems and his delivery of results.

Declan Jones – Principal at Borough Academy

I have known Simon for several years and he has always been a font of wisdom, advice and an intelligent steer to educational professionals; especially those looking to leadership. What has struck me most about his approach has been his willingness to engage with kindness without the need for reciprocity. Someone with true integrity.

Barry Cooper – Founding Principal at The Global College