Academy Conversion

Specialist, high quality advice to support your initial decision, through to full support in managing the conversion process.

Our academy conversion service offers proactive support which encompasses earlydiscussions with governors, staff and unions, financial feasibility and exploration ofthe right academy model for your school. We are experts in the complex issues that face schools converting to academy status and have a specialist team with detailed knowledge and experience of this multi-disciplined area.

Our specialists will help with all aspects of the process from appointing legal advisors, managing the TUPE process, through to arranging insurance, banking andfinancial systems. We have worked with primary, secondary and special academies,multi-academy trusts, Private Finance Initiatives, Building Schools for the Future conversions, academy sponsors, academy chains and schools who wish to establish trading subsidiaries.


  • The advantages and disadvantages of becoming an academy
  • Identification and assistance with decisions that need to be taken during the conversion process
  • Project management of the conversion
  • Types of academy models available
  • Appropriate governance arrangements
  • Consultation with staff, parents and other appropriate bodies
  • The role and responsibilities of governors pre, during and post conversion
  • Preparation and implementation of new policies and procedures
  • Review and amendment of existing policies
  • Impact analysis on the school with regards to the financial, HR and legal changes
  • Development and sign off of documentation with the Department for Education and the local authority
  • Information on funding availability

`Avec provide an excellent service from lovely people'
Nick Hurn, CEO, Cardinal Hume Catholic School, Gateshead.

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