Manchester Diocesan Board of Education, as the foundation of church schools in the diocese, has considered the implications of the Academies Act 2010. It requires schools to apply for consent from the diocese in order to convert to academy status. The resolution of the school governing body to convert must be presented, in person, to the Board, making clear how the request is founded on:

  • Securing the interests of the diocese
  • The best interests of the pupils
  • The informed resolution of the governing body.

Schools considering converting should seek advice from Deborah Smith


The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House, 
90 Deansgate, 
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400