Diocese academy conversions get go-ahead without governor approval

A diocese has secured academy orders, set conversion dates and begun talks over staff and land transfers for its schools – without their governors’ consent.

A union warned of “utter disbelief” among some governors and heads, and condemned the regional schools commissioner for backing the plans and incorrectly stating that governors approved them.

The Catholic Diocese of Hallam has been trying to consolidate its 47 schools in South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire in two new multi-academy trusts (MATs) since last January. It is one of several dioceses receiving extra funding as part of a government pilot to accelerate the academisation of Christian schools.

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