Joining a Multi Academy Trust

At Birkett Long our Education team has a dedicated Academies division that specialises in working with schools and academies looking to join an existing multi academy trust.

Whether you’re a non academy school looking to join an existing multi academy trust (rather than converting to a single academy trust) or are an existing single academy trust looking to join an existing multi academy trust, we have the expertise and experience to make the joining process a smooth one. This allows you to focus on the day to day demands of running a school.  

What is the process for joining an existing Multi Academy Trust? 

Whether your school is an existing single academy trust or a non converted school the process is largely the same (but with a few differences!)

Single academy trusts joining an existing Multi academy trust

The assets and staff of the single academy will need to be transferred to the multi academy trust. This is done by entering into a Transfer Agreement to transfer the assets, contracts and staff of the single academy to the multi academy trust. 

Depending on how the land occupied by the single academy is owned it may be necessary to vary the lease as part of the transfer process, or to transfer the land to the multi academy trsut if the single academy owns the land it occupies. 

A TUPE consultation process needs to be adhered to as part of the transfer to the staff and this is usually done alongside the parents' consultation. 

The existing funding agreement for the single academy trust also needs to be moved across to the multi academy trust. To achieve this is a Deed of Novation and Variation is entered into between the Secretary of State, the single academy trust and the multi academy trust. 

Once the process is complete the company through which the single academy trust is previously operated is wond up. 

Non academy schools joining an existing MAT

If your school has yet to convert to academy status then the process is a little different. The key difference being that rather than novate the existing funding agreement across to the multi academy trust a supplemental funding agreement is entered into with the Secretary of State. You can read our web page on converting to academy status  for more details.

Our Academies division, led by Thomas Emmett, is part of Birkett Long’s Education team. Thomas would be very happy to talk to you if you are looking at joining a multi academy trust.