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Converting to a single or multi academy trust

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Academy conversion continues to occupy centre stage in education policy, whether it is a voluntary decision taken by the governing body of a school or follows intervention by the local authority or the DfE. The decision to convert is one of the biggest decisions a governing body can make and it is crucial to secure clear legal advice from a recognised expert law firm, working in partnership with you. Our dedicated team of education lawyers have the widest range of experience within the sector in relation to the conversion of schools to academy status.

Our experience comes from our long-established position within the education sector, our straightforward and friendly approach, transparent pricing and cutting edge knowledge of the issues facing schools converting to academy status. We are independently recognised as market leaders in this field. Our academy conversion service is built on our many years representing maintained schools in all aspects of their needs.

As a result of our significant experience of academy conversions we have been able to put together a fixed fee package that will deliver your conversion whilst also offering a comprehensive and high quality service delivered by our expert team.

What we do...

  • Strategic support and project planning – we create a tailored plan for your project, highlighting key dates, activities, FAQs and deadlines for every stage of the conversion process.

  • Governance and commercial support – including agreeing the Articles and the provision of a simple form to help incorporate your academy trust, negotiation and agreement of the Funding Agreement with the DfE and negotiation and agreement of the Commercial Transfer Agreement with the local authority.

  • School land, estate and buildings – we provide a detailed ‘report on title’ relating to your school estate as well as dealing with registration matters at the Land Registry.

  • TUPE/employee transfer support and practical guidance - in relation to pension schemes

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The Department for Education (DfE) have announced that the conversion of Donisthorpe Primary School in Leicestershire on 1st September marked the 10,000th academy conversion.

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Local authority academy conversion powers

A question we often get asked by schools is “can I be forced to become an academy?” The answer to that question to date has centred around whether a school is eligible for intervention and, primarily, its Ofsted’s grade.

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Implementing school system reform – next steps

Following its publication of the White Paper at the end of March, the Department for Education (DfE) has shared an implementation framework focusing on its plans for “a stronger and fairer school system”.

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Academy Intervention Powers

Part 1 of the Schools Bill introduces statutory rights designed to ensure that the Secretary of State has efficient oversight and is equipped to address “instances of failure” in academy trusts.

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