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This article addresses a number of frequently asked questions about academy conversion, including which schools can convert and whether schools can change their mind about converting. It also answers questions on multi-academy trusts and what happens if a school has a budget deficit or surplus.

Which schools can convert to an academy?

The Department for Education (DfE) says that all schools, except special schools, can apply to convert to academies online.

Special schools and schools that prefer to use a paper form can apply via the academy conversion application forms, available here:

Convert to an academy: documents for schools, GOV.UK – DfE

However, an article on the Children and Young People Now website explains that nursery schools cannot currently convert to academy status.

MPs call for nursery schools to become academies, Children and Young People Now, 11 April 2016

A representative from the academies team at the DfE told us that if a school applies to become an academy, but then changes its mind about converting after the consultation period, it can pull out of the process. In this instance, the school should

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