In 2014, the Archdiocese of Birmingham published its Academy Strategy and vision for all of the Catholic School’s within the Archdiocese. This plan outlined the desire for all Catholic Schools within the Archdiocese to come together and form ‘families’ of schools as Multi-academy companies.
What is an Academy?
Academies are publicly funded independent schools that are not managed by a local authority but their funding and accountability is directly with the DfE (Department for Education).
What is a Multi-Academy Company?
A Multi-Academy Trust or academy chain is an academy trust that operates more than one academy school. Academy schools are state-funded schools in England which are directly funded by the Department for Education and independent of local authority control.
Why would a school become an Academy?
Academies take with them a portion of the money held by the Local Authority to run central support services to schools. As more schools convert to academies, these central funds have diminished to such an extent in Warwickshire that most services now operate on a ‘traded service’ basis. Warwickshire Local Authority is ‘Academy Neutral’ in its stance has already supported a large number of schools in becoming Academies.
We are increasingly seeing primary schools take advantage of joining established Multi-Academies to support the ever rising costs.
We believe the advantages of being an academy include: