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academies open for all

8 April 2011

Lord Hill has made the surprising announcement that the Government will consider applications to convert to an academy from any school that can make a compelling case for academy status. Following the introduction of the Academies Act 2010, the academies programme has been extended to include schools who have an Ofsted rating of good with outstanding features and outstanding special schools. It was widely thought that the program would be extended in the near future to include schools with a good Ofsted rating. However, the announcement marks a huge leap.

There are already 600 academies now open with 162 opening this month, but this number is likely to drastically increase. The Government’s intention is that all schools will become academies.

The process, however, will not be automatic and the Department of Education will take into account a number of factors when considering whether a school can convert to academy status.

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