Last reviewed 26 July 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation inviting views on its approach to prioritising schools for future places in the School Rebuilding Programme.

The Prime Minister announced the School Rebuilding Programme (SRP) in June 2020 to carry out major rebuilding and refurbishment projects at 500 schools and sixth form colleges in England over the next decade.

The goal of the programme is to identify and carry out projects at the schools most in need of major rebuilding or refurbishment. The first 100 schools have already been announced.

There are over 22,000 schools and sixth form colleges in England.

The consultation, full details of which can be found here, is open for comments until 8 October 2021.

Baroness Berridge, the Minister for the School System, said: “We moved at pace to prioritise the first 100 schools in the poorest condition in the estate, using the Department’s Condition Data Collection. We are now considering how we prioritise schools for the next phase of the programme.”

The new school buildings will, she went on, be modern, sustainable, energy efficient designs, delivering a generation of schools that will be net zero carbon in operation and mitigate the risks of climate change.

Building characteristics and condition factors that could be considered when assessing the need to rebuild include, but are not limited to:

  • a building’s structure and structural integrity

  • a building’s age and construction type

  • the condition of a building’s major fabric elements (for example walls, roofs)

  • the condition of a building’s major mechanical and electrical systems (for example heating, electrical wiring)

  • the condition of a building’s internals and facilities or fixed fittings (for example internal walls, toilets), and

  • the extent, location and condition of any asbestos present.