School Procurement Award

Alan Patient & co.

Recognising an individual project where a school has worked with an outside agency or local authority to refine its buying practices and increase value to the taxpayer.

2018 Winner
The Stour Academy Trust, Kent

 Stour Academy Trust

The Stour Academy Trust currently comprises seven schools. In July 2017, it had three external catering providers and two in-house school catering services, all of which were hard to manage. The Trust sought the help of Schools Buying Club to assist as an independent consultant with the tendering process. The three year deal with a single supplier created a saving of £62.5k, with the supplier also investing in new equipment - a considerable saving in the current financial climate.


Acklam Grange School, Middlesbrough
Matravers School, Wilshire
Walsall Academy, West Midlands
Bradford Grammar School, Bradford

2017 Winner
Ormiston Academies Trust

 Ormiston Academies Trust

Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) is a not-for-profit multi-academy trust, sponsoring over 31 primary and secondary academies, since 2008. Responsible for developing and maintaining a £700m estate, a key strategy has been to ensure value for money through effective procurement practices. OAT was keen to address condition issues and give benefit to its 26,000+ learners/students and teaching staff. Led by a team of experts, the Trust has used a blend of existing procurement routes (such as ESPO/YPO/CCS/CPS) and developed new OJEU compliant frameworks for future use. To date, routes to market have been put in place for annual Gas and electricity savings of £231k; IT Connectivity Services (Voice, Broadband and E-safety) savings of £286k, and; HR and Payroll annual savings of £111k.


Sutton Vallance School
University of Birmingham

2016 Winner
Prince’s Mead Preparatory School, Winchester - Waste Rebate

At last year’s inaugural Education Procurement Excellence Awards, Prince’s Mead Preparatory School won the ‘Best Overall Results in Procurement’, for its collaborative project in getting over £100,000 back from Winchester City Council for six years of overpayment on waste removal services. This is a great example of a model school celebrating the huge financial benefits of professionalising their procurement activities - as well as the outcomes of collaboratively seeking the ebst financial outcomes for the whole community.

School Procurement Award Winner m- Prince’s Mead Preparatory School, Winchester - Waste Rebate


Coplestone Primary School, Suffolk - Reprographics tender
Acadamies Enterprise Trust - Cloud Migration
Astor College, Kent - Communications Tender

2015 Winner

Springfield Primary School / Trafford Council, Cheshire
A contract valued 4.2m between Kier Construction and Trafford Council for the building of Springfield Primary School used a pioneering process. BIM ‘Level two’ is to be mandated on all publicly procured projects from 2016 and requires a paradigm shift for the UK construction industry. A ‘master information delivery plan’ was created which acted as a single document to articulate Kier’s requirements to consultants and contractors in order to ascertain that Trafford Council’s requirements were met. During the Springfield Primary School project over £80,000 has been saved and the process has been documented in order to ensure that best practice is shared.


The Gryphon School, Dorset
Burwell Village College Primary School, Cambridgeshire