Converting to an Academy

If you are a maintained school thinking about an academy conversion, we are well equipped to take you through the step by step process to ensure a successful conversion.

We understand what is involved as we did the first academy conversion in 2002 and have been working closely with our clients helping them through the process ever since, having now worked on over 1000 academy projects.

We have a deep understanding of the education sector and the capacity to deliver that knowledge quickly when required, when it comes to helping businesses the firm knows client just need to get the job done.

Every new academy is different and we work with you to ensure those involved move as smoothly as possible to academy status.

Our step by step approach:

  • Governance briefing to ensure governors understand what is involved
  • Articles of Association and Funding Agreements
  • Transfer of school land and buildings
  • Employment: Making sure TUPE process runs smoothly
  • Transfer of Assets and Staff (non-land)
  • After Academy Status

We will allocate a specific team to your conversion to ensure you know who you are dealing with, always with a partner in overall charge. We will make sure that we hit your deadlines and those imposed by DfE to ensure that your conversion happens smoothly and on schedule.

We know that schools want clarity and certainty on their legal spend for conversion, and we will always be up front with you on fees, and we will look to give you fixed costs for your conversion wherever possible.

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    Recent testimonials

    "Stone King provided us with excellent support throughout the whole process"

    CWA Academy Trust

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    "As our MAT conversion process finally nears completion, I would like to express our thanks to Stone King for all your expertise and help in guiding us through this demanding process."

    Peter Barnes, CEO, Oakgrove School, Kingsbridge Educational Trust

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    "They are excellent, the personalised service is superb as they understand our circumstances and advise appropriately."

    Client feedback in Chambers - 2016

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    "Great private and state school clients."

    Client feedback in Chambers - 2016

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    Recent testimonials

    "They are excellent. They get the gist of what's required and they understand what we want to get done. Their advice is sound and clear-cut, and they deliver it in a human way." "They invariably respond with prompt, unambiguous and first-class advice."

    Chambers - 2015

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    Recent testimonials

    Stone King is "probably the best education firm in the business," and "they lived up to the recommendations we received". Another source adds: "They've got undoubted expertise and good geographical coverage - a leading player."

    Chambers - 2014

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    Recent testimonials

    “I feel fellow school leaders need to be made aware that there is an absolutely brilliant company out there who will provide those key services at very competitive rates”

    C A Wakefield - Maldon's Community Academy

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