With the Government announcing that all schools are to become academies by the end of the decade, ending the century-old role of local authorities as providers of education, is your school ready?
What is an academy? – Academies are independent, state-funded schools, which receive their funding directly from central government, rather than through a local authority. The day-to-day running of the school is with the head teacher or principal, but they are overseen by individual charitable bodies called academy trusts and may be part of an academy chain. The trusts provide advice, support, expertise and an overview. They control their own admissions process and have more freedom than other schools to innovate.
How can we help? – We’ve been working with both Local Authority and Academy schools for many years now. Often during the transfer process school want to take stock of their buildings and sites and review how well the buildings are working for them. We can help by reviewing the school site and buildings against the national standards and work with the school to develop development plans which aid the development or expansion of the school.