Faith Academies

There are two categories of faith academy:

  • Voluntary-controlled (VC): These have all their costs met by the state, but are controlled by the Local Authority.
  • Voluntary-aided (VA): These operate under foundations (usually trusts, which are often the Church Diocesan Boards), and are partly funded by the state, with the foundation responsible for a percentage of capital works as well as having greater influence over the school.

While faith schools can convert to academy status, there are different documents that will be used in the conversion process to take into account the relationship with the relevant faith organisation. The Department for Education (DfE), the National Society and the Catholic Education Service have worked together to agree model Articles of Association and other documentation to support the conversion of faith schools to academy status. There will also be a supplemental agreement, which the Secretary of State has agreed to sign, and which sets out the Department’s underpinning relationship with the Dioceses.

Many faith schools convert in chains of academies, either under an umbrella trustor in a multi-academy trust, or in other collaborative arrangements so that the academies can be mutually supportive, and receive support from their Diocese.

We work with a number of faith academies, covering both single academy trusts and multi-academy trusts, and so fully understand the different steps in the conversion process and the importance of the religious ethos of the school.

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Faith Academies
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