The Building Surveyor supports schools on capital projects. This work includes preparing the client brief, procurement, client project management, and post completion support. Procurement ensures that best value for money is obtained within Diocesan procurement rules, and that statutory requirements are complied with. The Surveyor provides expert advice to assist schools in their buildings strategic planning. The surveyor also liaises with the Local Authority officers and NPS to ensure that buildings are developed and maintained to a suitable standard.
Capital works for VA schools are funded largely from the Devolved Formula Capital (DFC) and the LEA (Local Education Authority) Locally Co-ordinated Voluntary Aided Programme (LCVAP). The surveyor secures the LCVAP funding, and liaises with the Education Funding Agency to ensure that all funds are fully utilised on an annual basis. The DFC funds are reclaimed by the Department for Education if they are not spent within three years, and the surveyor uses the Diocesan pooling scheme to ensure all available funds are spent each year. Other funding streams are investigated and schools are supported in their efforts to raise their governors’ 10% contributions to DFC and LCVAP.
The Surveyor ensures that where concerns are raised by schools, they are communicated to the relevant Diocesan Officers.
Where the Diocese disposes of school sites after closure, the Surveyor manages the closure procedures and liaises with the Registrar and Estate Agent during until sales are concluded.
The Building Surveyor is line managed by the Diocesan Director of Education and the Assistant Diocesan Secretary, and reports to the Diocesan Board of Education and to its Schools Buildings and Finance Committee.
The Education Finance Officer provides an accounting service to the Director of Education and Building Surveyor for the Diocesan VA school building programme. The school building programme is mainly funded by Locally Controlled Voluntarily Aided Programme (LCVAP) and Devolved Formulae Capital funding (DFC). The main responsibilities of the role are to provide quarterly accounts and to provide up-to-date financial information regarding individual projects and quarterly billing for GLA 10%. The role works alongside the Building Surveyor maintaining projects and securing funds at risk.
The role also maintains and manages the Diocesan Schools' Pooling scheme providing quarterly statements to the schools.
The role involves liaison with schools on financial matters, and liaison with the Department of Education and other external agencies regarding capital funding (LCVAP and DFC) and is responsible for the completion and submission of the DFC Annual Government Assurance forms.
Published on: 26/04/2013