Converting to academy status grants significant freedom and self-sufficiency to your school. Despite this, and continuing cuts by local authorities in the support they offer, at asb law we understand that the decision to become an academy can still be a difficult one.
As a head teacher, governor or business manager, your desire to protect your school’s values, ethos and identity may make you reluctant to convert, not to mention the scope of the undertaking if you decide to proceed.
Our dedicated academies team has been involved in the creation of numerous multi-academy trusts and stand-alone academies, involving Pupil Referral Units, Church of England Schools, SEN Special Schools, Free Schools, sponsored and converter High Schools and Primary Schools. We have maintained close relationships with these schools and have first hand knowledge of the experience that they have gained, the lessons learned and the advice that they can offer you.
Our team consists of specialists in many disciplines, enabling us to deliver advice across all aspects of your project, including:
- making the funding documents work for you
- creating compliant governance documents that give you the freedom to govern with self-determination
- building mutually beneficial relationships with the LEA and DfE
- dealing with complex land issues.
We also adopt a unique approach to working with you; in essence the legal work is not our main focus – we concentrate on your objectives and strategy which our legal advice enhances and underpins. This allows you to focus on delivering the best standards of education to your pupils, with the comfort of knowing your school’s future will be protected and the project will be delivered on time and on budget.
If you would like more information, or to discuss how you can protect your school’s future by converting to academy status, please contact Brendan Roodt, Academy Conversion expert.