How to become an Academy

The Government has announced they want all schools to become Academies.

An Academy is a school which is outside Local Authority control. It receives the same amount of funding as a Local Authority school but that funding comes direct from Government.

An Academy is set up to be a company and it must appoint its members and directors and publish its annual accounts in the way that any other company would do.

A multi-academy trust (MAT) is a group of Academies that have joined together to form one company (Trust). Schools in the MAT maintain their own identity but are accountable to the MAT’s Trust Board. The funding for all the schools in the MAT is given to the Trust which then divides it up between the schools according to the Government’s rules for each school.

Church of England schools need to have the permission of the Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) to become an Academy. We have produced a number of documents to help with this process.

If you are a school thinking about academisation, please contact a member of the Education team to help and advise you as soon as you begin the process.

You may also download the document Becoming a Church of England Academy - this document provides:

  • Information on Becoming a Church of England Academy
  • The EFA Application document
  • Vision and Values
  • Roles of Members
  • Link to the Guidance paper: ‘Forming or Joining a Group of Schools’


Becoming a Church of England Academy