Schools of all sizes and types must ensure that their premises are well maintained and kept in a safe and serviceable condition. Services such as water, lighting, heating and air-conditioning must be maintained to ensure that there is no interruption to building use.

School leaders must ensure that any maintenance work carried out on the premises is conducted safely and in compliance with all relevant health and safety law and buildings regulations.

Effective maintenance is essential in preventing deterioration. Ineffective maintenance costs money. It is usually more expensive to make urgent repairs than to take early preventive action and faults such as water leaks and cracked windows can lead to expensive problems such as damp and high heating or water costs.

Related information can be found in the Premises Management and Grounds Maintenance topics.

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