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Thursday 3 May 2012

Church schools forced academy status

From L:

My school is going to have a big dip in its KS2 results this year.  Already meetings and worry is upon us about forced academy status…but..can they? We are a church of england school so surely the church own the land? Please advise.

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  1. Emma Dunn said:

    The answer is yes. The C of E have signed an agreement with DfE that they will be the presumed sponsor in the event of a church school being pushed down that route. I think each diocese has to agree this invidividually, as ours has recently done. Assuming no one puts up a fight, the diocese then becomes the sponsor and sets up an academy trust as per usual, with them having full responsibility for school improvement. Of course the governing body can in theory say no…..we’re awaiting the outcome of the Downhills legal case with great interest!

    4 May 2012 at 1:55pm
  2. Nosey Parker said:

    Yes they can. We are a CofE VA School – one of Mr Gove’s special few. The diocese could become a sponsor, or so could someone else. It is going to be great for us – huge benefits in the long run.

    11 May 2012 at 3:11pm
  3. webbywitch said:

    HI, we are a C of E controlled primary, and we were on one of Gove’s lists targetted to become a forced academy. The local diocese stepped in and assumed sponsorship rights over us. Looking at all our options – and weighting them all up very carefully, this was indeed the best route for us, and we are currently heading down the very intensive route towards becoming an academy as that is at the end of the day what is best for the children in our school. It’s been a roller coaster of a ride – and we’re still not out of the quagmire yet – but with the support of the diocese / church it’s definitely the best way for us. With the threat of being delegated a sponsor if we couldn’t choose one of our own – we feel confident that we’ve made the right choice.

    16 May 2012 at 8:51pm

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