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Admissions for academy converters

21 May 2012

On conversion to Academy status, Academy Trusts become their own admission authorities. This is particularly significant for those schools that were previously controlled by the local authority. A survey by Ipsos Mori for Browne Jacobson LLP indicates that one third of schools (36%) stated that freedom from local authority control was their most important reason for becoming an academy and of those interviewed nine out of ten (93%) have already exercised this freedom.

Our experience has shown that post conversion many schools are reviewing their admission arrangements and consulting on making sometimes significant changes. Academies are taking advantage of the new School Admissions Code to, for example, include children of school staff in their oversubscription criteria. A non-selective Academy in a selective authority is looking at introducing banding arrangements to take pupils from all-abilities. Governing Bodies that are considering converting should fully consider all the possibilities and new freedoms that are open to Academies.

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