Changes to the guidance and forms
There have been changes to the way applications and notifications for land transactions are made, which include:
publishing revised guidance to make it easier to find information and understand what other information you’ll need to submit with your application
using revised forms
This revised guidance replaces previous guidance published by the Department for Education (DfE) or Education Skills and Funding Agency (ESFA), including protection of school playing fields and public land, schedule 1 disposing of school land and schedule 22, which have now been cancelled and withdrawn.
You can take a 2-minute survey and provide DfE with feedback on the revised guidance and application forms.
DfE will consider your feedback when making decisions about future updates to the guidance and application forms.
What you’ll need to do
This section explains which parts of the guidance you’ll need to read and how to make an application or notify the Secretary of State.
Use part 1 to find out whether you need to involve the Secretary of State.
Use part 2 to find out about the assessment criteria used for different types of land transactions and the specific information and evidence required to be provided with your application.
Use part 3 to find out about playing field land, including what is classified as playing field land, how to provide your playing field statistics and information about the role of the playing field panel.
Use part 4 to read about which land transactions are covered by the General Consent Orders (GCOs).
Use part 5 to find out how to submit your application for consent or notify the Secretary of State.
Use part 6 to read about academy conversions, statutory transfers for voluntary and foundation schools, transfers of land from one academy trust to another academy trust and orders made under section 554 of the Education Act 1996 – see the guidance on section 554 orders.
Application forms for school land transactions
Form A – Disposals of non-playing field land (MS Word Document, 97.7 KB)
Form B – Disposals of or including playing field land (MS Word Document, 147 KB)
Form C – Disposals of non-playing field land at operating schools which require notification under Schedule 22 only (MS Word Document, 137 KB)
Form D – Granting an easement of playing field or non-playing field land (MS Word Document, 140 KB)
Form E – Granting a lease or disposing of land for solar panels (MS Word Document, 150 KB)
Form F – Granting a telecommunications lease (MS Word Document, 103 KB)
Form G – Applications to enter into joint use agreements (MS Word Document, 143 KB)
Form H – Change of use of playing field land (MS Word Document, 146 KB)
Form I – Change of use of school land for non-educational purposes (MS Word Document, 141 KB)
Form J – Acquisitions
Form K – Any other application under an academy trust’s funding agreement (MS Word Document, 138 KB)
Form L – Appropriation of school land by a local authority (MS Word Document, 91.1 KB)
Form M – Academy land transfers (MS Word Document, 84 KB)
General Consent Orders (GCO)
The Secretary of State has agreed that some types of disposal fall within the type
where he would routinely expect to grant consent. Accordingly, he has agreed General
Consent Orders (GCOs) which provide a blanket consent in these cases.
General Consent Order (GCO): Section 77 School Standards and Frameworks Act 1998 (PDF, 132 KB, 4 pages)
General Consent Order (GCO): Schedule 1 Academies Act 2010 (PDF, 115 KB, 2 pages)
General Consent Order (GCO): Temporary school land and playing fields (PDF, 161 KB, 6 pages)
General Consent Order GCO): Disposal of school playing fields by restriction (PDF, 90.1 KB, 2 pages)
General Consent Order (GCO) Section 77 School Standards and Frameworks Act 1998 – notification form (MS Word Document, 259 KB)
General Consent Order (GCO): Schedule 1 Academies Act 2010 – notification form (MS Word Document, 262 KB)
Email [email protected] if you have any questions about:
the main guidance