Academies are publicly funded independent schools, free from local authority and national government control. The Academies Act 2010 made it possible for any primary, secondary or special school to become an academy.
Academies are still part of the community. They serve children and families in a particular area and they have the same responsibilities as any maintained school as part of the learning community.
To find out more about academies, please visit the Department for Education website under ‘Related Links’.
To view the list of schools that have converted to academy status up to January 2014 please see ‘Related Downloads’.