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

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 Kent

Chartham Primary School has a page set up on its website where parents can find:

  • A consultation letter setting out its plan to convert to academy status, together with an infant school, and create a MAT
  • A response form for parents to ask questions and express any concerns
  • Responses to questions raised by parents
  • The governing board's report on the results of the consultation and its decision on the conversion

Secondary school in Wokingham

The Emmbrook School has published a statement to its website which sets out: