Timelines for schools to convert to academies

Dates that schools converting to academies need to send documents and other information.

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Read ‘Academy conversion: important dates’ for the deadlines schools in the process of converting to academy status must meet.



Schools open as an academy on the first day of the month. To open on the chosen month, you must complete all the necessary paperwork associated with the conversion in the previous month.

These documents explain the final dates you should send documents and other information to the:

  • Department for Education (DfE) project lead
  • Education Funding Agency (EFA)

to ensure you can open on the first of the intended month.

Published 4 July 2013
Last updated 2 July 2015 + show all updates
  1. Added October and November 2015 timelines.
  2. Added the information for July, August and September 2015.
  3. Added April timelines document.
  4. Added timeline documents for Jan, Feb and Mar 2015
  5. Added May 2014 to December 2014 timelines.
  6. First published.