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 become an academy
Use the apply to become an academy service to begin converting your mainstream primary or secondary school to academy status.
Headteachers or chairs of governors of special schools should use the paper application form for special schools.
For pupil referral units, use the form for PRUs wishing to convert to alternative provision academies.
Your project lead will be able to answer any questions you may have about filling in your application 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.
- Due diligence in academies and maintained schools
- Academy conversion: important dates
- Academy conversion: land questionnaires
- Academy conversion: land transfer advice
- Academy and free school funding agreements
- Model articles of association for academy trusts
- Academy conversion: model ballot documents for grammar schools
- Church academies: model documents
- Private finance initiative (PFI) academies: model documents
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.
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.
Last updated 1 December 2020 + show all updates
Added a link to 'Academy and free school funding agreements'.
Added link to 'Apply to be an academy service'.
Added 'Due diligence in academies and maintained schools' to 'Set up or join an academy trust'.
Added claim forms for the primary academy chain development grant and the small school supplement grant.