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by Sarah McNicol last modified 10 Jun, 2022 09:51 AM

Our vision is to facilitate the further development of multi academy trusts across the diocese that stand the test of time: preserving, protecting and enhancing the distinctive church school deeply Christian vision, enabling children and adults to flourish.

The SDBE is committed to encouraging all schools to belong within a multi academy trust; sharing the school’s strengths and experience and leading the on-going formation of education culture in our diocese. Our commitment is rooted in the belief that MAT accountability for local communities of schools is shaping a strong school-led education system that will protect and preserve the long term, sustainable future of church schools where children flourish and lives are transformed. Church school leaders have much to offer to this process of transformation. The SDBE is concerned that without belonging within an established and effective MAT, any church school’s long term future is potentially at risk.

The Education Department of the Church of England has worked with the government to ensure key principles and a legal framework for the conversion of church schools to academy status. This legal framework is proving to be highly effective in protecting the Anglican foundation and the day by day flourishing of church schools in this diocese.

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

Doc 1 Process for considering conversion and the next steps here


Documents to help you consider conversion to academy status 


SAMPLE Memorandum of Understanding Between here

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 download documents 


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

  • Doc 14 SDBE Guidance paper on Members meetings

DfE Academy Conversion Application Form here


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