Advice Services

Whether you would like a full assessment of your current grounds or support with a specific or potential issue, our experience of working with over 120 independent schools’ grounds allows us to provide you with reliable advice.

We draw on comparative knowledge to isolate problems – and the solutions to these – efficiently and accurately, providing you with the facts you need to effectively manage expectations about your school’s grounds.

Advice services

Whether you would like a full assessment of your current grounds or support with a specific or potential issue, our experience of working with over 120 independent schools’ grounds allows us to provide you with reliable advice.

We draw on comparative knowledge to isolate problems – and the solutions to these – efficiently and accurately, providing you with the facts you need to effectively manage others’ expectations about your school’s grounds.

Which areas can BGM’s advice help with?

Assessment of in-house staff

This involves assessing whether staff levels are correct, as well as discreetly appraising current grounds staff based on factors such as motivation, skill level, loyalty to school, or any personality clashes.

Assessment of your current grounds situation

Confirmation that your current grounds are up to standard in comparison to schools with similar grounds and landscape features.

Forward planning and development

Creating development plans that are coordinated rather than made up of disparate projects. This also includes assessing the often costly ‘maintenance tail’ following any new project.

Accurate assessment of costing

Focusing on staffing levels, correct choice of equipment and efficient sourcing of materials. Typically an immediate 30% saving on the materials budget is possible. Often modifying entrenched and old fashioned methods can release considerable savings in staff, equipment and materials.

Recruitment and market salary rates

Ensuring that the most appropriate salary ranges are used when recruiting new grounds staff; also assisting on interview panels to help provide a professional assessment of candidates.

Sustainability initiatives

We give practical advice on the introduction of biodiversity in areas where this can work successfully at a reasonable cost.

Which areas can BGM’s advice help with?

Assessment of in-house staff

This involves assessing whether staff levels are correct, as well as discreetly appraising current grounds staff based on factors such as motivation, skill level, loyalty to school, or any personality clashes.

Assessment of your current grounds situation

Confirmation that your current grounds are up to standard in comparison to schools with similar grounds and landscape features.

Forward planning and development

Creating development plans that are coordinated rather than made up of disparate projects. This also includes assessing the often costly ‘maintenance tail’ following any new project.

Accurate assessment of costing

Focusing on staffing levels, correct choice of equipment and efficient sourcing of materials. Typically an immediate 30% saving on the materials budget is possible. Often modifying entrenched and old fashioned methods can release considerable savings in staff, equipment and materials.

Recruitment and market salary rates

Ensuring that the most appropriate salary ranges are used when recruiting new grounds staff; also assisting on interview panels to help provide a professional assessment of candidates.

Biodiversity initiatives

We give practical advice on the introduction of biodiversity in areas where this can work successfully at a reasonable cost.

Does BGM advocate outsourcing grounds maintenance?

Whilst in certain situations outsourcing is the most logical and cost-effective solution to a school’s issues, mostly this is not the case and we provide an objective viewpoint on what is best for each school.

In-house grounds maintenance can have significant advantages to outsourcing – if the department is run effectively. Our approach to advice is entirely school-led, and we will never suggest outsourcing as a potential solution to your problems unless it is necessary.

Does BGM advocate outsourcing grounds maintenance?

Whilst in certain situations outsourcing is the most logical and cost-effective solution to a school’s issues, mostly this is not the case and we provide an objective viewpoint on what is best for each school.

In-house grounds maintenance can have significant advantages to outsourcing – if the department is run effectively. Our approach to advice is entirely school-led, and we will never suggest outsourcing as a potential solution to your problems unless it is necessary.

Our initial advice can be a very effective next step in deciding how best to deal with your grounds issues.

Often the necessary changes are quite simple to make happen, if you know how to proceed with them – and that is what we aim to give you the tools to do.

Our no-cost advice can be a very effective next step if you don’t know where to start with your grounds issues.

Often the necessary changes are quite simple to make happen, if you know how to proceed with them – and that is what we aim to give you the tools to do.