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Academy Schools

Why convert to an academy?

The policy behind the Academies Act 2010 was to implement the Government’s intention to both reform the schooling system and make it easier for parents, community groups and others to “come together” and provide a new school outside of local authority maintenance.

 

  • Improving schools

      The Secretary of State wrote to schools in May 2010 confirming that the Government’s key priorities in improving schools included:

      • Reducing bureaucracy
      • Allowing headteachers and teachers more autonomy in respect of issues such as the curriculum and the power to ensure good behaviour

      Providing all schools the opportunity to:

      • Have freedom from local authority control
      • Set staff pay and conditions
      • Alter the length of school days and terms
      • Have greater control over budgets
  • How can we help?

      The Academies Act 2010 enables more schools to benefit from Academy “freedoms and flexibilities” and it is expected that this will help schools to innovate, raise standards and help students achieve more.

      Our Academies Team understands that what remains of paramount importance to schools during the conversion process is their ability to continue providing an education to their pupils. We work in partnership with schools to remove the everyday anxieties caused by the legal complexities of this process, ensuring that they remain informed of progress each step of the way.

  • Being advised by a solicitor

      In particular our Academies Team are able to advise you on the following:

      • Key issues to consider when converting to an Academy.
      • Assisting with the process of conversion including dealing with the commercial transfer agreement and transfer of land issues.
      • Managing the process of transferring all employees in accordance the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations (TUPE) and all other employment law issues.
      • Advising on consultation obligations with staff, pupils and parents.
      • Negotiating assignments and/or renewals of existing supplier contracts and ensuring that new business contracts are agreed where appropriate.
      • Undertaking the incorporation of the Academy trust.