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academy conversions

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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 

  • Post conversion academy support with access to our legal helpline Quickcall for help on any legal matter during and for three months after conversion.

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Legal updates

Update on sponsored schools and transfer of surpluses

Sponsors should be aware of the recent guidance released by the Department for Education in connection to the transfer of surplus on sponsored academy conversions.

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Legal updates

Academy convertors and your obligations under the model lease

The DfE model lease transfers responsibility for the school site (or playing fields where the school buildings are occupied under a supplemental agreement) to the academy trust.

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Guides

Coasting Schools Consultation

This guidance is relevant to senior and system leaders in maintained schools in England and outlines the DfE’s proposed definition of a ‘coasting’ school and details the consultation process.

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Upcoming webinars

Re-brokering academies webinar

In this webinar, Hayley and Katie will explore re-brokerage arrangements including the Regional School Commissioners’ legal powers and the circumstances in which an academy may be at risk of being re-brokered, as well as the potential consequences of refusing to consent to such an arrangement.

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