Alternative provision academies

Documents and guidance for pupil referral units converting to alternative provision (AP) academies.

Guidance, model documents and forms for AP academies.

Conversion application process

PRUs wishing to convert to AP academies must complete the application form, the memorandum and articles of association and the funding agreement which sets out how the academy will operate.

  1. Alternative provision academy application process

    • Form
  2. Timelines for PRUs converting to academies

    • Guidance

Funding AP academies

The PRU conversion support grant funds expenses incurred by pupil referral units or academy trusts in converting to an AP academy, and the PRU building capacity grant helps to fund the post of a business manager/accountant/bursar, or related services.

  1. Alternative provision academy grant applications

    • Form
  2. Academy bank details form

    • Form

Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and AP academies

PRUs which were part of a closed Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract will need to complete additional documents and make amendments to their funding agreement and articles of association. This extra work means the conversion is likely to take at least 6 months.

  1. Private finance initiative (PFI) model documents for AP academies

    • Form

Land transfers

These documents aim to make it easier to sort out land arrangements for PRUs converting to AP academy status. All PRUs should complete the land questionnaire as early as possible; PRUs based over multiple sites should fill in separate questionnaires for each site.

  1. Academy conversion: pupil referral unit - land questionnaire

    • Form
  2. Academy land transfer advice

    • Guidance

Commercial transfer agreement

This document should be agreed with the local authority or trust before the academy opens. It records all the staff transferring from a school to an academy so that the appropriate arrangements for payment of salaries and pension contributions can be made. It also lists any assets or contracts that will transfer to the academy trust, and any that are not included.

  1. Academy commercial transfer agreement

    • Guidance