School Estates Management

The Trust Network is committed to good school estates management. We exist to provide our membership base of school estates managers with opportunities to share best practice, exchange knowledge, and where needed, form a single voice to discuss issues or concerns with the Department for Education and other national agencies.

The Trust Network will focus on:

  • The fundamentals of Good Estate Management for schools. More guidance on this can be found here
  • Supporting schools to implement good estates management
  • Building Lifecycle Modelling
  • Construction Design and Management
  • Health and Safety
  • Statutory Compliance
  • Procurement | buying goods and services
  • Technical support | Surveying, Project Management, Cost, Design
  • ICT consultancy and support

Benefits of The Trust Network membership:

  • Networking opportunities through attendance at our regional and national conferences
  • Access to our online discussion forum and ‘Ask an Expert’ sessions
  • Monthly newsletters, featuring updates from The Trust Network, DfE and other relevant news on school estates management
  • Access to support and mentoring

Established in 2014, The Trust Network is independently run and managed by its members, for its members.


The Trust Network exists to provide school estates managers with opportunities to explore how to develop effectiveefficient and economically sustainable systems that maintain and develop school estates that enhance teaching and learning

Our vision is for all independently run state-funded schools to:

  • Have a clear vision of building liability and responsibility.
  • Embed a strategy for school estates management and life cycling.
  • Have sight of national/regional procurement opportunities.
  • Have opportunities to share and embrace best practice.

Our vision for The Trust Network is to be a nationally recognised body for school estates management:

  • Forming a single voice on important school estates management matters with DfE and local authorities.
  • Working with national/regional procurement bodies to affect change for members.


The Trust Network is open to all independently run state-funded schools:

  • Academies
  • Free schools
  • UTCs
  • Studio schools

For further information please do not hesitate to contact us using the form provided.

What must members do?

  • Regularly attend meetings and contribute to the discussions.
  • Members will be active and share best practice.
  • Disseminate information within their sponsors trust.
  • Champion the meetings and make “connections” between people, groups and projects thus creating opportunities for collaboration but also raising the visibility of the group.
  • Bring their knowledge to group meetings encouraging the sharing of best practice.
  • Make recommendations for future meetings and workshops.
  • Members of the group must be employees of a sponsor body and can NOT be a representative from a consultancy or building supplier.
  • Members will offer to host meetings giving opportunity to share best practice regionally.
  • Promote membership as a CPD opportunity