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Convert to an academy: documents for schools

Documents that schools converting to an academy will need as they go through the conversion process.

You should read the guide on converting to an academy before using the documents on this page. The guide explains when and how to use the documents.

If you are considering converting to academy status, you can register your interest. A Department for Education specialist will then get in touch with you to discuss your options.

Apply to convert

All schools apart from special schools can apply to become an academy online.

Special schools and schools that prefer to apply using a paper form can use the academy conversion application forms.

  1. Academy conversion application forms

    • Form

Set up or join an academy trust

The ‘Set up or join an academy trust’ section of the guide on converting to academy explains how and when to use these documents.

  1. Academy conversion: important dates

    • Guidance
  2. Academy conversion: land questionnaires

    • Form
  3. Academy conversion: land transfer advice

    • Guidance
  4. Model articles of association for academy trusts

    • Form
  5. Academy and free school funding agreement: single academy trust

    • Form
  6. Academy and free school funding agreement: multi-academy trust

    • Form
  7. Academy and free school funding agreement: multi-academy master

    • Form
  8. Academy conversion: model ballot documents for grammar schools

    • Form
  9. Church academies: model documents

    • Guidance
  10. Private finance initiative (PFI) academies: model documents

    • Form
  11. Academy conversion: schedule of changes for model documents

    • Form

Transfer responsibilities to the academy trust

The ‘Transfer responsibilities to the academy trust’ section of the guide on converting to an academy explains when and how to use these documents.

  1. Academy conversion: long-term lease model

    • Guidance
  2. Academy conversion: model directions for transferring land

    • Form
  3. Academy conversion: trust modification orders

    • Form
  4. Academy conversion: tenancy at will model

    • Guidance
  5. Academy conversion: commercial transfer agreement (CTA)

    • Guidance

Prepare to open as an academy

The ‘Prepare to open as an academy’ section of the guide on converting to an academy explains how and when to use these documents.

  1. Academy bank details form

    • Form
  2. Risk protection arrangement (RPA): guide for academies

    • Guidance

Open as an academy

The ‘Open as an academy’ section of the guide on converting to an academy explains when and how to use these documents.

  1. Academy conversion: support grant forms

    • Form
  2. Academies land and buildings valuation

    • Guidance
  3. Academies Financial Handbook

    • Guidance
  4. Governance handbook and competency framework

    • Guidance
  5. Academies Financial Handbook 2015

    • Guidance