Guide to conversion

Our policies and guides available on the conversion process from specialist teams.

Academy conversion dates

Schools currently applying for an academy order are asked to contact the Academies Team either by phone or email to discuss their plans and agree a managed conversion date.
Depending on when you are granted your academy order, the table below gives an indication of the earliest date on which you could convert. Please be aware that these dates are based on the minimum 16 week timeline and do not take into account factors such as the number of conversions already planned for that month or other complicating factors that may arise for your school(s) which may increase the time required. It is a guide for information and your conversion date will not be considered confirmed until it is has been agreed by your DfE project lead and OCC Academies Team.
Please also be aware that we do not advise 1 September or 1 January as a conversion date due to previous experience of the difficulties in completing the transfer documentation by the deadlines over the school holiday period. This position is also supported by DfE guidance.
Month academy order received Earliest possible conversion date (based on minimum timeline, subject to agreement from Academies Team)
September 1 March
October 1 April
November 1 May
December 1 June

Academies guides

Further information

Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)

Please read these carefully and contact the pension services team (contact details within) if you have any queries.

Strategic working – Governor Services

Links to information for governing bodies on academies, such as the decision-making process and differences and implications of academies.

Finance information

See Academies guide 7 (above).

Traded services to schools - information about traded services offered to academies.