What's the process to convert to an academy?
You can find the step-by-step process for academy conversion in another of our articles. It includes a checklist of all the tasks you will need to complete.
Which schools can convert?
- Mainstream primary and secondary schools: apply using the DfE's online services (this includes sixth form colleges who are applying to become 16 to 19 academies - see more information from the DfE here)
- Special schools: use the paper application form for special schools
- Pupil referral units: use the form for PRUs wishing to convert to alternative provision academies
Stand-alone nursery schools cannot currently convert to an academy.
For more support, see the DfE's document pack for academy conversion.
If you apply to become an academy, but then change your mind mind after the consultation period, you can pull out of the process. You should contact your project