School design and construction

Guidance documents and tools to help with the design and construction of school buildings and grounds.

Standards and guidance for people involved in the design and construction of school buildings and grounds.

The collection includes advice on:

  • the standards for school premises
  • assessing the area and capacity of schools
  • creating a design brief for a building project

You can also read guidance on standards for school premises.

Area guidelines and net capacity

Guidance to help building professionals, school sponsors and others who need advice on the appropriate amount of space for teaching and learning activities.

Output Specification

Documents and tools that form the requirements for the design and construction of school building projects. This includes the generic design brief and the school-specific brief.

Strategic design advice

Advice for school building projects and issues to consider in new and existing buildings, including the organisation, layout of space and fire safety.

School baseline designs

Details of the baseline designs for schools together with associated drawings and technical analyses. These demonstrate how good practice can be achieved within the set cost and area allowances.

Published 11 June 2019
Last updated 24 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. Removed 'Mainstream schools: area guidelines' and 'SEND and alternative provision: area guidelines' as the information is published within 'Area guidelines and net capacity'.

  2. First published.