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Academy Status

by Sarah McNicol last modified 19 Oct, 2018 10:50 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

Corporate Member Policies

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

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 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 

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          

Web DfE Academy Conversion Application Form


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