7. The conversion process

There are five key elements to the conversion process:


  1. Form a company limited by guarantee
  2. Enter into a funding agreement between the Secretary of State for Education
  3. Transfer the employment of the school’s staff from the Local Authority to the Academy Trust
  4. Transfer land and buildings
  5. Negotiate a commercial transfer agreement to transfer the school’s other assets and contracts from the local authority to the academy trust


To ensure the desired conversion date is met, the DfE have specified a number of key dates for when it expects to receive draft and final documentation by. These dates can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/academy-conversion-important-dates    

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