School Buildings

The buildings section supports Church Schools and Academies in the Diocese of Leeds in relation to all aspects of buildings-related projects.

Should you require any assistance with your buildings, please contact Kevin Matthews, School Buildings Officer, in the Education Team, on 0113 353 0240 or by kevin.matthews [at] (email).

Latest News Updates

Please click on the link above for regular news updates relevant to your buildings, including statutory updates and changes in financial regulations.

What's Relevant to Your School?

For specific advice relevant to your school category, please see the links on the bottom left-hand side of this page. You will find information on the following property related topics.

Buildings Advice

In this section you will find advice on matters to do with school buildings and buildings in general. 

Buildings Development Plans

All schools and academies are encouraged to use a Buildings Development Plan when planning budgets for the school year, in conjunction with the consultants feasibly plans.  


The aim of the compliance document, School Tests Inspection Checklist, is to provide a summary of relevant responsibilities and to assist Headteachers and premises managers in implementing appropriate testing and inspection of systems and equipment within the school premises.  

Not all items may be applicable to your specific site and the list is in no way definitive, but is a guide to covering key areas.  This document cannot replace professional advice and Headteachers and premises managers are strongly advised to obtain such advice where required.


A range of forms are available to assist schools applying for approval to undertake building schemes. All schools and academies must obtain Board of Education and Trustees approval for any works carried out that have a minimum net value of £2,000 regardless of how these are funded. Trustee approval does not have to be obtained for IT Works. However, if you are in any doubt please contact the School Buildings Officer.


The Locally Co-ordinated Voluntary Aided Programme (LCVAP) is a capital-funded programme administered by the Education Skills and Funding Agency but which is devolved to the Diocese. This funding is only available to Voluntary Aided Schools.  

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