Standards for school premises

Guidance to help schools and local authorities understand their obligations in relation to the School Premises Regulations 2012.

Applies to England


Standards for school premises


This is for:

  • school leaders
  • governing bodies
  • local authorities
  • proprietors
  • school staff

It applies to:

  • local-authority-maintained schools
  • academies and free schools
  • pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • special schools not maintained by the local authority
  • independent schools
  • sixth-form colleges (SFCs)

The guidance helps schools and local authorities understand their obligations and duties in relation to:

Pupil referral units provide education for vulnerable children unable to attend a mainstream school.

Published 14 May 2013
Last updated 9 March 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated document to reflect changes to information on toilet facilities, fire safety, acoustic school design and area guidelines.

  2. First published.