Academy Conversion

Since the passing of the Academies Act 2010, Place Group has been at the forefront of this initiative, working with schools and multi-academy trusts to provide expertise and capacity pre and post-conversion.  Our heritage as education consultants and project managers has provided comfort to single schools seeking to convert  as well as well-established Trusts looking for additional expert capacity.

Place Group’s experience in Academy Conversion has been gained from successfully supporting many such projects across England, and from wider experience in over 100 sponsored Academies, University Technical Colleges, Studio Schools and Free Schools. Our outstanding project management skills will help to ensure that you are well equipped to meet the challenges ahead, both as you complete the conversion and when you begin life as an academy.

We will work with you to maximise the benefits of Academy status, with information across a range of ages and settings from community, trust and foundation to ‘cluster’ models.

We work exclusively in this market, offering value and experience that only a specialist education project management company can bring:

  • As a respected member of the DfE project management framework, we remain fully up to speed with the changing requirements of the process. This means we can be proactive in tackling stumbling blocks that inevitably cross the path to smooth conversion.
  • Our teams have delivered a large number of converter and sponsored Academies, working closely with the DfE and with a variety of legal advisors and local authorities.
  • Although we use standard processes and toolkits, our approach is not mechanistic or inflexible. We tailor our support to the needs of each school and the contacts we work with, always ensuring that we have time to be in the school, supporting key staff and working with Governing Bodies

To find out more about how Place Group can support your school in converting to an Academy, please email: