Academy status

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The Diocesan Board of Education has been working with its church schools since 2010 as they explore and make the transition to academy status.  We’ve also set up our multi-academy trust, The Good Shepherd Trust, with a mission to offer transformational education so that all young people in its schools can experience success. 

The White Paper ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’ in March 2016 sets out the Government’s policy that all schools should either have converted to academy status, or be in the process of conversion, by 2020. A new Memorandum of Understanding between the Church of England and the DfE ensures that the religious character and ethos of church schools will be protected on conversion and  that academies will remain part of the diocesan family of schools.

The DBE will publish further guidance about academy conversion shortly. You may find the following resources helpful  at this stage:

Educational Excellence EverywhereMarch 2016

Forming or joining a group of schools: staying in control of your school’s destinyOctober 2015 ACSL/Browne Jacobson/NGA

More Information

The Department for Education

The DfE's Academies website provides background information, regular updates about the progress of the programme, details about the conversion process and standard documentation for schools undertaking conversion.

Chester Diocese

The diocese has produced a useful analysis of the positives and negatives of becoming an academy: Document for Schools considering Academy Status 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

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