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Last reviewed on 23 September 2021
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School types: Maintained · School phases: All

Be clear on the step-by-step process for changing your school’s category to a foundation school, and how to end a relationship with a foundation.

This article refers to guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) on making significant changes to maintained schools and The School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013.

How to become a foundation

This section covers where you’re:

  • Changing your category to a foundation school
  • Acquiring a ‘foundation majority’
    • This means acquiring an instrument of government where your school’s foundation trust will have the power to appoint most of the governors on your governing board

This section refers to pages 35 to 40 of the DfE’s guidance on making significant changes.

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