Voluntary-aided (VA) schools are maintained schools and often, but not always, have a religious character. These schools are eligible for capital funding by grant from the Department for Education.
VA schools are paid on a similar basis to other categories of school, but the governing body must usually pay at least 10% of the costs of capital work.
Barker has an outstanding track record of successful LCVAP applications with millions of pounds secured for our clients.
We have an unrivalled knowledge of how to put together successful applications. We also know how difficult and time-consuming this can be for individual schools and Business Managers. At Barker we take responsibility for putting together the applications, leaving schools to concentrate on their core activities.
Barker will consult with you to assess your site and discuss your requirements. We can advise you on the best projects to bid for and complete the necessary application submission on your behalf.
Our bid writing is done FREE OF CHARGE giving a very low risk solution to academies who want to apply for funding but do not have the time or technical knowledge to develop their own bids.
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Barker were appointed to address ongoing drainage issues on the school’s playing field. The playing field had been severely damaged as a result posing a health and safety hazard to pupils and making it unsuitable for sport and play. Working closely with the school Barker presented a strong case to the client to the install a new Multi-Use-Games-Area (MUGA) Pitch, associated land stabilisation and drainage works.
Funding was secured by Barker through the LCVAP process following a successful planning application for the project. The scope of works involved over-site clearance, landscaping and cultivation works including the installation of new soakaway drainage, installation of a 1.7m high gabion wall and a new 3G MUGA Pitch designed to FA technical standards.
Barker Associates were responsible for RIBA (Plan of Works 2013) Stages 0–6. The works were procured on a Design & Build basis and completed on a 11 week construction programme. The new all-weather pitch is a great addition to the school providing an all-year round sports surface as well as a secure play area for the children at break time, it is a tremendous addition to the school and the children love it.