Academies are publicly-funded independent schools.
Academies don’t have to follow the national curriculum and can set their own term times. They still have to follow the same rules on admissions, special educational needs and exclusions as other state schools.
Academies receive their budgets directly from the Government, via the Education Funding Agency, not their local council as other state schools do. Academies are run by an Academy Trust which employs the staff. Some Academy Trusts only have one school to look after, we have more than one school and are known as Multi Academy Trust. We have one Trust Board who oversee more than one Academy.
Some Academies have sponsors such as businesses, universities, other schools, faith or voluntary groups. Sponsors are responsible for improving the performance of their schools.