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  • The UK's leading law firm for school to academy conversions

  • School to Academy is a division of BHW Solicitors and has an unrivalled track record of providing the best legal and strategic advice to the education sector for school to academy conversions.
  • Chambers and Partners UK leading firm 2012

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New Year…New Direction?

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With talk of forced conversions, potential teacher strikes and deliberate misinformation together with various scare stories in both the local and national press, academy conversion is often a very politically charged and emotive subject for those involved with their local school and also the wider community. 

Indeed it is no secret that state schools in Leicester have, up until now, been reluctant to follow the government’s new education model by converting to academies – a fact drawn into sharp focus when comparing the handful of open academies in Leicester compared to the 109 in Leicestershire and 2,339 nationwide.  

With Humberstone Junior School opening as an academy this month, another junior school submitting a formal application to convert and Rushey Mead School (one of the city’s Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’ schools and a pillar of the Teaching School Alliance) entering into the consultation process, it appears that Leicester schools’ attitudes towards academy conversions are changing, paving the way for a shift in the Leicester educational landscape.

Triple Recognition for BHW Solicitors in Chambers UK 2014

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BHW Solicitors are delighted to announce that the firm has been ranked as a “Leading Firm” for both Corporate/M&A and Real Estate for Leicester and surrounds in the Chambers and Partners UK 2014 guide to be published in October 2013.

In addition, Ed Nurse our Head of the Corporate/Commercial Department has been ranked as a “Leader in his Field” for Corporate/M&A following an extremely busy and successful year for the Corporate/Commercial Department.

Chambers UK publishes its world leading guide to the legal profession annually and has a reputation for in-depth, objective research. A large team of researchers work alongside the editors to identify and rank the world’s best lawyers and law firms based on client interviews and independent recommendations.

New Governors’ Handbook released by DfE – May 2013

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The Department for Education (DfE) has this month released a new Governors’ Handbook which includes useful and practical guidance to governors of academies and also governors of schools considering converting to academy status.

The new Governors’ Handbook covers the role and legal duties of governing bodies in both maintained schools and academies and therefore provides a useful benchmark in comparing the similarities and differences between academy and non-academy governing bodies. The Handbook also serves as a good introduction to the Funding Agreement (the agreement which governs the operational side and funding of an academy) and demonstrates the alignment between academies and non-academies in respect of day-to-day operation. 

Useful Information

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Schools Commissioner Dr Elizabeth Sidwell talks about schools converting to academies and also how small primary schools may benefit from merging with other small primary schools to become academies:

John Atkins, Chief Executive of the Kemnal Academies Trust comments on the benefit of schools converting to Academy Status:

School head teachers and governors giving top tips on how and why schools should become an academy:

Head teachers of converted schools outline what has to be done when registering to become an academy and also how to make the process as simple as possible. Read more.

A report by Reform on an extensive survey conducted of converted academies. Read more.

What changes and what stays the same when becoming an academy? Read more.

The pro’s and con’s of academy conversion. Peter Chambers looks at the benefits and disadvantages, as seen by school leaders themselves, of academy conversion. Read more.

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