General Information on Academies
Academies are publicly funded independent schools that are not managed by a local authority. They can set pay and conditions for their staff and also change the length of their terms. Academies don’t have to follow the national curriculum.
Maintained primary and secondary schools, special schools, alternative provision schools and 16 to 19 providers can all apply to become an academy. A school can convert on its own if it is performing well, with the support of a sponsor, or as part of a group of schools (an academy chain).
Schools can not acquire or remove their faith character, expand, become mixed or single sex, or introduce selection as part of the conversion process.
Once converted, academies are run by an academy trust, which is a charitable company limited by guarantee.