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Academy Status

by Sarah McNicol last modified 08 Apr, 2019 11:22 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
 - download document here

Corporate Member Policies - download documents here

  • SDBE Corporate Member Appointment policy
  • SDBE Corporate Member Representation policy
  • SDBE Corporate Member Role and Responsibilities

Policies to help you understand the role and to appoint Foundation Members, Foundation Trustees, and Local  Foundation Governors - download documents here

  • 2019-2022 SDBE Foundation Governor Appointment Policy, Single Academy Trust
  • 2019-2022 SDBE Local Foundation Governor Appointment Policy, Multi-Academy Trust
  • 2019-2022 SDBE Foundation Trustee Appointment Policy, Academy Trust
  • SDBE Foundation Member Appointment Policy



Appointment forms for SDBE Corporate members, and Foundation Members, Foundation Trustees, Foundation Local Governors - download documents here

  • Form A- Local Foundation Governor, Foundation Trustee or Foundation Member Nomination
  • Form B- Local Foundation Governor, Foundation Trustee or Foundation Member Reference
  • Form C- Foundation Trustee or Foundation Member Nomination Decision
  • Form C- Local Foundation Governor Nomination Decision

Documents to help you consider conversion to academy status - download documents here

  • Doc 1 Process for schools considering Academy conversion, and next steps 
  • Doc 1a Due Diligence for joining a MAT
  • 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

Documents to support SDBE members and trustees in their role - download documents here

  • Doc 10 Why Good and Outstanding schools join Diocesan MATs 2016 
  • Doc 12 Annual Statement of Performance
  • Doc 13 - CEO Appointments
  • Doc 14 SDBE Guidance paper on Members meetings

DfE Academy Conversion Application Form here


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