The UK education sector is in the midst of a period of
Over half of secondary schools have achieved –
or have applied for - Academy status while the appetite for this
model is also growing rapidly across the primary sector. Free
School applications have gathered pace, while the roll-out of the
new University Technical College (UTC) initiative offers a real
opportunity to bridge the gap between education and employment.
Changes to funding, meanwhile, have curtailed
the traditional local authority model and largely replaced it with
new government revenue streams that focus on free schools,
academies, studio schools and UTCs. Alongside this, the
newly-formed Education Funding Agency (EFA) will support a number
of school building and renewal schemes which already exist or are
due to launch, such as the legacy BSF programmes, the National
Academies Framework and the Priority Schools Building Programme.
Underpinning this investment is a desire to streamline the
procurement process and reduce costs which could be achieved
through the introduction of standardisation and simpler
The Further and Higher education sectors have
also seen significant transformation in recent years due to changes
in funding as well as the constantly evolving demand for
Capita Symonds combines education
design and development advice from experienced educationalists with
cutting edge architecture, engineering, FM, ICT, sport &
leisure, and project management expertise. We also provide
strategic real estate advice to ensure that clients get the most
out of their property assets, developing new revenue streams that
will form the cornerstone of an organisation’s long-term
It is this breadth and depth of knowledge and
expertise that helps us provide clients with a unique perspective
on their project or programme, enabling us to enhance the scheme
itself while also realising new opportunities and benefits for an
educational establishment and its wider community.
Over the last ten years we have been involved
Capita Symonds is particularly successful at
responding to changes in the education sector, identifying new and
innovative solutions that enable our clients to meet today’s
challenges head on, while always ensuring that we produce learning
environments that help all students reach their potential.
Adapt proposition is a prime example of this approach.
Created in response to the James Review, it offers four innovative
school designs that can be implemented at any suitable site in the
UK. These designs can be constructed in half the time of a
traditional build, reducing costs substantially – for a typical
primary school build costs are reduced from £4.5m to just £2.38m,
while 40-60% of capital savings can be made over a school’s life
Designed to achieve at least a BREEAM ‘Very
Good’ rating, Adapt also provides schools with a flexible building
layout that can easily be adapted to meet future needs. The first
school to be built using the Adapt method will be the Heymann
Infant School in Nottingham.
For the Further and Higher education sectors,
meanwhile, we have developed various alternative funding models
including the introduction of local asset backed funding vehicles
that enable universities to realise their existing stock while
raising capital for their ongoing estates strategy.
At the heart of Capita Symonds’ work is also a
commitment to improve the outcomes for all those involved in an
education project. To facilitate this, we work closely with key
stakeholders – government, sponsors, teachers, parents, pupils,
promoters, schools, local authorities and local communities – to
understand and embrace their educational requirements and
aspirations from the outset.
We have developed a range of tools that enable
us to engage in a meaningful dialogue with all relevant groups, the
outputs of which are then used to inform the project from the
initial planning stage right through the design process. This
approach ensures that all objectives are achieved and that learning
environments operate effectively, both for today’s students as well
as for future generations.
We are a major division of Capita plc
- the UK's leading provider of business process outsourcing -
and we work closely with other divisions of Capita to provide
a complete portfolio of services to the education sector.
more about Capita's full education offering.