School Commissioning

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The School Commissioning team is placed within the Children’s Services Division and contributes to its role in the following ways.

  • Meeting the LA’s statutory duty to ensure sufficient school places are available;
  • Delivery of the education school capital programme;
  • Strategically planning educational provision that takes account of areas of housing growth and demographic change;
  • Negotiation with developers to secure S106 developer contributions for education infrastructure from housing developments;
  • Taking forward proposed statutory changes to schools including academy transfers and competitions for new schools;
  • Dealing with any school legal land/site related issues; and
  • Agreement on terms of leases between schools and other bodies.
  • Managing School Self Help Applications/Academy Capital Works Applications. All Bucks Maintained Schools and leased academies are required to seek the Council’s consent prior to undertaking any capital works. Plans must be discussed with the School Commissioning team at the earliest opportunity.  Please see following link for further details Self Help | SchoolsWeb (

Key Contact
Paula Campbell-Balcombe
Schools Commissioner 
01296 382896

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