Case Studies

The Orchards, Trafford

The Orchards, Trafford

The Orchards was the first special free school in Trafford and caters for 4 – 11 years old students with complex learning needs. The Orchards is operated by The Dunham Trust which also operates Elmridge Primary School and Acre Hall Primary School. The Dunham Trust appointed Place Group to provide project management support for the pre–opening phase including advice on Governance, Education, Finance and Stakeholder Consultation.

“The Project Manager guided the project with skill and determination. The approach was highly professional with a human face, this was much appreciated. The Project Manager was an excellent lead, he created trusted relationships with The DfE and EFA which was invaluable.”  Jo Appleyard, Executive Principal, The Dunham Trust

Venturers’ Academy, Bristol

Venturers’ Academy, Bristol

Venturers’ Academy was Bristol’s first all-through special free school providing 84 places for students aged 4 -16. Venturers’ Academy is part of the Merchants’ Academy Trust and is sponsored by The Society of Merchant Venturers’ and The University of Bristol. Place Group were appointed to provide project management support for the pre-opening phase including advice on Governance, Education, Finance, Stakeholder Consultation and the recruitment of the Principal.

“Place Group kept us up to date all the time and continually held DfE to account for key milestones. The Project Manager ensured we complied with all requirements and also ensured we were always kept up to date with progress. The Place Group team always seem to come up with someone who could help with a specific issue. As well as the expertise, it was about resource, ensuring timetables were kept to, deadlines met. This was key in bringing everything together.”  Simon Eakins, Finance Director, Merchants’ Academy Trust

Seva School, Coventry

Seva School, Coventry

Seva School was the first all-through Sikh faith school in Coventry. Place Group was appointed to provide project management support for the pre-opening phase including advice on Governance, Finance, Stakeholder Consultation and Capital Works.

“The team were very good and provided some excellent input. Place Group developed an excellent relationship with the DfE which helped a great deal. The Project Manager was clearly an integral part of the Seva team and we worked well together. He brought in the right people at the right times. Place provided a good quality service – it did not feel that Place Group were working with other schools – it felt like a personalised service.”  Tarsem Singh, Sevak Education Trust

Wynyard Primary School, Stockton-on-Tees

Wynyard Primary School, Stockton-on-Tees

Wynyard Church of England Primary School opened in September 2015 as part of a new development at Wynyard. As a school serving a brand-new housing estate, the Trust were presented with significant challenges. Place Group was appointed to provide project management support for the pre-opening phase including advice on Governance, Education, Finance and Stakeholder Consultation.

“Place Group were very good at building and maintaining a relationship with the DfE which was crucial to the success of the project. We would definitely use Place Group again.”  Paul Rickeard, Diocesan Director of Education, Durham and Newcastle