Converting as part of a MAT: informing parents and staff

Get some inspiration from other schools so you can confidently consult parents and staff during the academy conversion process.

Last reviewed on 28 April 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. You must have a formal consultation
  2. Consultation information and letters: examples
  3. Confirming the decision to convert

You must have a formal consultation

The governing board must formally consult about your school's plans to convert into an academy. It must do this before the school converts.

As part of the consultation process, schools often send a letter to parents and staff, then invite them to a meeting to discuss the issues further. 

Find out more about the consultation process here

Consultation information and letters: examples

Primary School in London

St Winefride's Catholic Primary School has a page set up on its website where parents can view all of the information gathered as part of their academy conversion process. This include:

  • Minutes of a parent and carer forum meeting
  • Presentations to unions, governors, staff and parents
  • A parent consultation letter
  • A document responding to questions arising

Secondary school in Wokingham

Why it's decided to join a MAT rather than form a standalone academy How the