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Academy Status

by Sarah McNicol last modified 16 Jan, 2018 10:09 AM

It is the intention of the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education to play a key role in the development of the educational landscape, particularly the formation across the diocese of Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs).

We actively support church schools to explore MAT status which may include schools from a range of designations: Voluntary Aided, Voluntary Controlled, stand alone/sole convertor academies, community schools. Our commitment is to work with you and your local community to build a Trust that meets the needs of all children and which at Trust and governing body level, utterly protects your school's church school status.

The Board of Education has also established the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust, a family of schools built on a vision for transformational church schools at the heart of their communities.  We welcome interest from potential new joiners to the Trust. Find out much more about us on our website at

The SDBE promise, whether you form a local MAT, seek to join a MAT beyond the diocese, or join DSAT, is to work with you, to honour and cherish your church school heritage; ensuring that church schools are a vital and thriving part of this country's education provision, in this decade and beyond.

You will find here key documents and the contact details of staff who will be able to help you.

SDBE Academy Policy

Policies to help you appoint  Foundation Members, Foundation Trustees, and Local  Foundation Governors

SDBE Academy Foundation Trustees or Directors  Appointment Policy 
SDBE SAT Local Foundation Governor Appointment Policy (Single Academy Trust) 
SDBE MAT Foundation Local Governor Policy

Appointment forms for SDBE Corporate members, and Foundation Members, Foundation Trustees, Foundation Local Governors

Form A - Nominee and Appointment Form For Foundation Member, Foundation Trustee, Director Or Local Foundation Governor 
Form B - Reference Form For Foundation Member, Foundation Trustee or Director Or Local Foundation Governor 
Form C - Nomination Approval for Foundation Member; Foundation Trustee; Foundation Local Governing Body Member

Documents to help you consider conversion to academy status

Doc 1 Process for schools considering Academy conversion, and next steps 
Doc 2 Memorandum of Understanding (Precedent) Template 
Doc 3 Salisbury Diocesan Schools MAT Model variations 
Doc 4 MAT cost of support conversion 
Doc 4a Agreement for SDBE conversion costs 
Doc 5 Legal Costs 
Doc 6 Letter  & Pre Conditional Consent Application for schools wishing to join an ESTABLISHED MAT 
Doc 6 Letter &  Pre Conditional Consent Application for schools wishing to join an NEW MAT 
Doc 7 Academy FAQs 
Doc 8 Educational Excellence Everywhere 
Doc 9 Nine characteristics of successful Multi Academy Trusts

Role and Responsibilities for SDBE members and relevant documents

Doc 10 Why Good and Outstanding schools join Diocesan MATs 2016 
Doc 11 SDBE Member Roles and Responsibilities 
Doc 12 Annual Statement of Performance 
Doc 13 HT and CEO appts


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