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The proposal to establish an Academy, contested by a local campaign of opposition and entailing, unlike any other education policy initiative, an element of local public consultation, provides an exceptionally revealing insight into the process by which education policy is translated from the national to the local level, and the role of local government in the process. This chapter is based on a case study of the progress of Staffordshire County Council’s bid for £100 million Building Schools for the Future (BSF) government funding for Tamworth, including an Academy, during the period 2007 to 2009.