The team works with a number of education providers and landlords across the UK. We have a wealth of experience of working across the education spectrum from nurseries through to secondary schools, colleges and universities. We understand the sensitivities and complexities involved with this sector. We are seen as a trusted adviser for our clients who value the experience we bring and our detailed knowledge of the education sector.

Property advice

The DWD team have extensive experience in working with education providers, trusts and charitable boards to provide valuation advice on educational buildings. We work with clients throughout the life of the education estate from advice on lettings of school buildings to maximise potential income, through to disposal advice on surplus assets to achieve the highest return.

Business rates

There are a number of opportunities for education providers and landlords to mitigate business rate liabilities on educational establishments. We work with clients to advise on rating and minimise the impact of their liabilities.


We provide planning services to a wide variety of educational clients including, schools and colleges. We advise educational establishments on the potential to unlock the value of their assets to assist funding improvements. This involves formulating clear planning strategies to deliver, for example, enabling development and new facilities on sensitive sites within the Green Belt, conservation areas and sites containing Listed Buildings.

We assemble a full design team including architects, transport, heritage, landscape and other consultants to provide a robust and comprehensive planning application for our clients. Our approach is to engage proactively with the local planning authority and key stakeholders to support local decisions and we help run public consultation and exhibitions where necessary.


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Richard Greeves

Joint Managing Director & Head of Valuation

020 7332 2109

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Andrew Deller

Director - Planning

020 7332 2105

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Andrew Meech

Director - Business Rates

020 7489 4839

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Barry Murphy

Director - Planning

020 7332 2116

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Emma Penson

Director - Planning & Valuation

020 7332 2115

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Harriet Swale

Senior Associate - Planning

020 3327 4729

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Clare Bambury


0207 489 4896

Sectors we work with

We work with businesses, charities, high net worth individuals and public sector organisations across a range of sectors to navigate the complexities of property and planning consultancy.

Latest Experiences

St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School

DWD was appointed by Baxall Construction to work with them to secure planning permission for the redevelopment of St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School, a one form entry primary school in Dover District Council.


Gretton School, South Cambridge

DWD worked with Gretton School, which is part of the Cavendish Education Group to provide advice on two properties owned by the school in Girton, South Cambridge.


Iqra VA Primary School, Lambeth

DWD was appointed by Baxall Construction in Summer 2022 to work with them to secure planning permission for the redevelopment of Iqra VA Primary School, a one form entry primary school in the London Borough of Lambeth.


Rochester Independent College, Rochester

DWD was appointed by Rochester Independent College to work with them to secure planning permission on a site that they had acquired to provide boarding accommodation for their existing College, based in Rochester.