There are 2 different models for running an academy. We recommend that you discuss the different academy models with your project lead before you apply. Your project lead will help you understand which of the 2 models is most appropriate for you.
The 2 academy models are:
Not all schools are able to convert as single academies. To be able to convert as a single academy:
- your latest Ofsted rating must be at least good
- your pupils’ attainment and progress must be high
- you will need to prove that your schools’ finances are healthy
If you convert as a single academy, we will expect you to support at least 1 other local school. We will ask for details of the school or schools you will be supporting in the application form.
All academies in a multi-academy trust are governed by a single trust and a single board of trustees. They also share staff and expertise, and make savings when buying goods and services.
The academy trust can establish a separate governing body for each of its academies. These are called local governing bodies. The board of trustees can then delegate some of its functions to the local governing bodies.
To convert as a multi-academy trust you can either join an existing trust or you can work with other schools to set up a new trust.
There are 2 ways to create a new multi-academy trust. You can either:
- convert with schools you already work with
- start a relationship with a new school
To convert as a multi-academy trust, each school in your proposed trust needs to submit a separate application and each governing body must pass a resolution to convert to become an academy.
As part of your application you will also need to provide evidence of how the stronger schools in your proposed chain will help the weaker schools to improve.
If your school is part of a federation, i.e. where 2 or more schools are working together under 1 governing body, you must comply with the School Governance (Federations) (England) Regulations 2012, including the amendments that came into force on 1 September 2015.
According to these regulations, any federated school that wishes to convert to academy status must have the support of at least 50% of its ‘prescribed governors’ before applying.
The following types of governors are ‘prescribed governors’:
- the headteacher
- parent governors
- staff governors
- foundation governors
If your school is part of a federation, let your project lead know.