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AMR Consult is a multi-disciplinary construction project management company that specialises in the education sector. Our clients vary from the smallest single academy trusts to the largest and most recognisable names in the sector, as well as local and national government, charities and independent providers. We work nationally across all school types and age ranges and operate in every DfE capital programme, including Condition Improvement Fund, the School Rebuilding Programme and Schools Strategic Improvement Capital Brokerage. Most of our work is through repeat business as we tailor what we do to our clients’ needs but typical services include, development of estates strategies, feasibility studies, procurement advice, tendering services, technical advice and contract administration. All of our work is based on our extensive experience, adherence to statutory guidance and best practice and the expectations of our regulatory body the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

 

Free School support

 

Site and building management are integral aspects of opening a new free school as we look to create new and innovative education environments. AMR Consult has worked on the free school programme since its inception, working directly with DfE, applicant groups and local authorities. Our roles have been incredibly varied, including undertaking site searches, working as DfE Project Managers, writing applications for proposer groups and local authorities for the SEN waves, acting as Technical Advisors for self-delivery trusts and more recently as capital advisors for trusts in pre-opening. This range of experiences throughout the whole life of a free school project gives us the ability to help proposer groups understand what makes a good application and readies them for what is expected of them during pre-opening and beyond. We are excited to deliver the sites and capital advisory services and looking forward to support the next generation of free schools and maintain our close involvement in the programme.

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Kinetic Marketing is a leading and unrivalled marketing service for free schools across the country, holding expertise in marketing strategies, branding and design, communications, social media, website development and more.

 

We believe effective marketing strategies are key to ensuring that all stakeholders, ranging from pupils to prospective staff members to residents in the vicinity of the school grounds, feel confident in your vision and ambition for the community. We embed this philosophy into our work and ensure that all our clients feel our determination and passion to open their schools successfully, and on time.

 

Free school support

 

Kinetic Marketing is led by Becci Roach, who is a co-founder of the all-through free school in Eastbourne, Gildredge House. The school opened in September 2013 and received an ‘Outstanding’ rating in its first Ofsted inspection, with the inspector noting that parents were delighted that they “took a leap of faith” and enrolled their children at the school.

 

Through this experience, Becci established the service for free schools, recognising the need for a bespoke and tailored approach to marketing and centring the needs of each unique local community.

 

Our intimate knowledge of opening a free school and wider understanding of the free school sector will be utilised to provide advice on all aspects of new school marketing and branding strategies. In particular, we look forward to helping proposers engage and consult with their local communities throughout the application and pre-opening phase.

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Stone King is a nationally recognised top-ranked law firm with a long-standing, and successful history of being a leading firm for education law in the UK. Our specialists have deep sector experience in all aspects of school and college provision, and we also advise on areas that impact education, such as immigration, statutory guidance, and intellectual property. We are leaders in innovation in the schools sector and our team of 80 education specialist lawyers continue to be involved in ground breaking projects.   

 

Our firm has been advising clients on academy formation and development for almost two decades. During this time, we have acted for thousands of academy schools, supporting over 1800 completed academy projects, including over 1450 conversions. Our team is led by Graham Burns (gb@stoneking.co.uk)  who set up the very first Free school, and previously advised on the establishment first parent promoter school.   

 

We are well regarded by the Department for Education and have strong relationships with key partners in the sector, including the Confederation of Schools Trusts (CST), the Institute of School Business Leaders and PAG.

 

Free school support

 

Our aim is to provide free school proposer groups with advice, skills, and bespoke counsel to ensure that the new schools are sustainable and successful. Our support expertise covers key areas such as admissions, safeguarding, community management and leadership, all of which will be of benefit to free school proposer groups.

We value partnership approaches to progressing and developing our education sector practice, such as joining forces with CST to implement a Governance Advisory Service and look forward to similarly providing an advisory service to new school proposers in partnership with PAG.

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MLG Education Services was founded in 2013 to support schools, and academies, with all aspects of financing. Since then, we have worked with schools converting to academy status and aided existing academies requiring operational support, as well as trusts seeking to expand. Our work includes day to day financial support, diligence activities, contract reviews, trust system development, strategic planning, account management and more.

 

Most importantly, we ensure that all our support is bespoke and tailored to the schools, academies, and trusts that we work with. The team also recognise the financial pressures of running a school and seek to make financial management as simple as possible – we aim to be a helping hand!

 

Free school support

 

We work with over 80 academies across the UK, as well as the Education and Skills Funding Agency, and have gained an immense pool of knowledge amongst our team. We believe sharing best practice is invaluable and we seek to use our knowledge and experience of the education sector to assist free school proposers during the application stage of the new school journey.

 

We will support free school proposers to prepare financial budgets, create efficient financial systems and mitigate financial risks from the onset of the free school journey.