Academy Conversions and Support to Schools

When you are deciding to convert to academy status, it’s important that you have access to friendly and knowledgeable professionals who can successfully guide you through the process.

With experience of over 18 academy conversions, we offer strength in depth as a leading player in providing advice and support to further education colleges, universities, local education authorities, Diocesan bodies and schools. With 35 lawyers in our Education Group, we offer established expertise and a national education resource. We have invested significantly in our Education Group over the years ensuring that we have specialist lawyers in the range of disciplines likely to be required by educational institutions. You can have the confidence that we have the capability and experience to add value to your project and offer the best solutions to meet your needs.

Governors of an academy have a number of legal responsibilities. You have to make sure that the academy is run in accordance with the terms of the Funding Agreement entered into with the DfE and that the academy is solvent, well-run and delivers the objects set out in its Articles of Association: “to advance for the public benefit education in the United Kingdom, in particular but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing by establishing, maintaining, carrying on, managing and developing a school offering a broad and balanced curriculum”. There can be serious consequences if you do not comply with your responsibilities.

In order to guide you through what can seem like a legal minefield, we have put together a handy booklet to summarise your key duties and responsibilities as a governor of an academy. We can also offer you and your fellow governors a FREE training session on them. You can view our ‘Academy Governors – Know Your Duties’ booklet here.