Abstract Research validates that conducive learning environments in which architects, school managements and policy have a large role to enhance Quality of Life in school years. This paper critically examines the objectives of policy manifest in NCF-2005 for its directions and attitude towards school design. It identifies grey areas in understanding of the concept by policy makers.The paper advocates remedying policy-based lacunae for an improved QoL by an extended appreciation of the concepts stated in {NCF} 2005 from the point of view of child centricity. The study strongly recommends inclusion of architects and planners in the policy-making process.