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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

Thank you to everyone who generously provided a venue, hospitality and a warm welcome to school leaders attending the recent Academy Roadshows.  A PDF of the slides used by the Rt Revd Mark Davies, Chair of the Board of Education and Deborah Smith, Diocesan Director of Education can be found here

Academies FAQs

MDBE Academy Strategy

Guide for Governing Boards when considering Academy conversion

Academy Roadshow Presentation Manchester Diocese Spring 2023 Slides PDF



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