How to become an Academy

Any school can apply to become an Academy. In the case of high performing schools, they have the option to convert to:

  • a standalone academy
  • an academy that’s supported by a sponsor
  • an academy that’s parts of a multi-academy trust.

Applications to become an academy must be made by the school's Headteacher or Chair of Governors. In both cases, you will need a Department for Education account.

Convert to an academy

Once you’ve applied to become an academy and have an Academy Order, you will need to contact us to begin the conversion process.