Set up or convert to an academy

Information for new openers, important dates and deadlines, application forms, budgets, model documents and templates.


  1. Academy conversion application forms

    Forms for schools converting to academy status.

  2. Academy conversion: land questionnaires

    Documents to help schools converting to academy status submit their land information to the Department for Education.

  3. Academy conversion: support grant forms

    Forms for schools converting to academies to claim the support grant and to declare what portion of the grant they've spent.

  1. Academy sponsor application form

    Form that groups interested in becoming an academy sponsor need to complete as part of the application process.

  2. Academy conversion: trust modification orders

    Model trust modification orders for schools converting to academies whose land is held by a trust or foundation that is not a diocese.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Academy conversion: important dates
  2. Academies: information for new openers
  3. Convert to an academy: guide for schools
  1. Sponsor an academy
  2. Academy conversion: long-term lease model
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News and communications

  1. Nicky Morgan speech at the NAHT annual conference 2016
  2. Schools Commissioner calls for more academies in Derbyshire
  3. Schools Commissioner calls for more academies in Essex
  4. Academy goes from failing to outstanding in just 2 years
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Policy and engagement


  1. Open academies and academy projects in development
  2. Lancashire and West Yorkshire Headteacher Board
  3. West Midlands Headteacher Board
  4. South-East England and South London Headteacher Board
  5. North-West London and South-Central England Headteacher Board
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