About

Place Group is a specialist consulting, project management and research company with 18 years’ experience in the field of education. We have a strong track record of developing winning free school applications and have successfully opened over 100 new schools for clients and Trusts across the country.

Place Group is synonymous with establishing new schools, in particular the Free Schools Programme; we were involved with the very first bid that was submitted to the Secretary of State in 2010. Our profile and success rates are second to none.

Whatever your specific needs and requirements with regard to education, social mobility and early years themed projects are, we are ready and motivated to help with our friendly, knowledgeable and bespoke service.

Our People

We have achieved all of this through employing only the best people. Our people come from education, HR, finance, legal, procurement, research and marketing backgrounds – the common denominator across all these different disciplines is a passion to push boundaries and disrupt the status quo in order for young people get a better start in life. Our clients expect passion, high quality thinking and deliverables and to be able to take advantage of the collective expertise of genuinely nice people. We remain as committed to education as the day we started.

Our team has both depth and breadth of experience across all areas of education support covering; education policy, curriculum and research; strategy, business case development and implementation; consultation, marketing and communications; finance, HR and recruitment; capital build and budget management; procurement and project/ programme management.

Our Social Value Commitment

Our vision, from our inception in 2002, has been to improve the life chances of young people. This is the driving force behind everything the business does, as well as the people it employs.

This has manifested itself in many ways over the past twenty years, including; advising how new buildings can help deliver transformation in educational outcomes; managing the opening of new schools in the most disadvantaged parts of the country; generating tens of millions of pounds worth of savings for schools by delivering innovation in public sector procurement; and in the same year that the Social Value Act came into law established its own multi-academy trust, Bellevue Place Education Trust, to provide new outstanding schools to serve some of the most deprived communities across London.

Our staff volunteer their time and expertise to support the Trust, which is soon to welcome its ninth school, to create efficiencies and help ensure maximum funding is deployed in expanding the learning experience of all pupils.
We welcomed the Government’s new Social Value Act measures in 2021 to deliver value to society through public procurement, to promote new jobs and skills, encourage economic growth and prosperity and tackle climate change. In response to this, we have made a new commitment to contribute to adding value through our work.

From July 2021, we will contribute to the value of 0.5% to 1.5% of our income to supporting local schemes that deliver important social impact, focused on educating young people about sustainability, decarbonisation to meet net zero targets, and how they can deliver change and develop careers in green industries.

Awards and Accreditations

We are proud to have achieved the following awards and accreditations for our work supporting schools and MATs across the country.

Bellevue Place Education Trust
Learn, Enjoy, Succeed

Our Multi-Academy Trust successfully opened seven new primary schools to support communities with excellent education across London and Maidenhead, with a new converter that joined in January 2020.

Our vision is for all pupils and staff to enjoy a broad and enriched learning experience, enabling them to achieve far greater individual success than they might previously have thought possible. All our schools are focused on delivering a high-quality provision in areas where there is a shortage of primary school places.

Our pupils continue to achieve strong outcomes across our schools:

  • 80% of pupils across BPET schools achieved a Good Level of Development, 8% above the 2019 national average of 72%
  • 91% of pupils passed the phonics screening in Year 1 – 9% above the 2019 national average of 82%.
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