Case Studies

Edgar Wood Academy

Edgar Wood Academy

Place Group was appointed in January 2020 by the Altus Education Partnership to provide pre-opening support for the Edgar Wood Academy which was proposed to open in September 2022. However, due an urgent need for school places, the school opening date was moved forward to September 2021 following discussions with the DfE and LA. Place Group was able to mobilise quickly and accelerate all work streams in order to help deliver a school earlier than originally proposed. This included principal designate benchmarking, governance, finance, education policy development, section 10 consultation and capital works. We also helped develop and implement a comprehensive marketing strategy which helped ensure the school was oversubscribed for the first year of operation.

Brian Clarke Church of England Academy

Brian Clarke Church of England Academy

Place Group is currently supporting Brian Clarke Church of England Academy , which was approved by Department for Education in 2019, with its pre-opening responsibilities. The secondary school will be operated by Cranmer Education Trust and will open in Oldham in September 2022. Place Group are helping to ensure that the establishment can recognise its potential and be truly multi-faith, multi-ethnic and multi-talented. We are supporting with pre-opening governance, finance, section 10 consultation and the necessary capital works.

National Autistic Society – Vanguard School

National Autistic Society – Vanguard School

The National Autistic Society appointed Place Group to help support the pre-opening phase of the Vanguard school in 2018. The Vanguard School is an autism specific free school providing educational day places for students aged 11-19 and was the third school to join the National Autistic Society Academies Trust (NASAT). Place Group was commissioned to provide overarching project management services including capital project management support, section 10 consultation, governance and education policy development support. Place Group also worked the National Autistic Society’s internal marketing and HR departments to ensure deliverables were successfully completed. Following the successful opening of the Vanguard School, Place Group was appointed to support the Trust with an additional project.

New House Farm CofE Primary School

New House Farm CofE Primary School

Place Group worked on the successful application for New House Farm CofE Primary School, on behalf of Derby Diocesan Board of Education, and is now supporting its pre-opening, which covers themes such as governance, finance, stakeholder consultation and capital works. Place Group also supported Derby Diocesan Board of Education with the successful application for pre-opening of and opening of Derby Cathedral School in September 2019. Building further on our relationship with Derby Diocesan Board of Education, Place Group recently supported the production of a Wave 14 free schools programme application.