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How To Join

To the Next Level. And Beyond.


Joining a Multi-Academy Trust can seem a big step. Daunting even. It needn't be. Our role is to make the process simple, clear and transparent. No two conversions are the same, but likely timeframes are chiefly governed by legal procedures surrounding property, employment (TUPE) and the commercial transfer of pre-existing contracts. Add in Due Diligence and stakeholder communications and the process normally takes between 6 to 9 months.


So, what type of schools consider academisation? In short, lots of different ones! You might be a standalone academy wanting to get more benefit from academy status. You might be a maintained school looking for greater freedom to develop your vision and take it to the next level. Alternatively, you might be an under-performing school subject to an Academy Order by the Secretary of State. Or, you might even be a small MAT frustrated by the lack of scale and added value that you can offer your schools. In any event, the best place to start is with an initial informal conversation with our CEO. This will allow you to gain a solid understanding of what it means to be part of the Trust and for us to appreciate the unique properties of your school, its ethos and aspirations for the future.


Should we find a suitable basis to move forward, the pace of development is then entirely down to you, be it through school visits, presentations to governors, staff and parents, or wider consultation with the school community. We agree the road map, set the milestones, timelines and deliverables, and then the best bit - start building an exciting new partnership together.


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