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Academies are classed as independent state schools which opt out of council control. Academies have freedom to determine their own policies on things like the curriculum, school hours, term dates and staff pay. As independent schools, academies are not maintained by the local authority.
Primary, secondary and special schools can apply to be an academy, but only schools which have been rated outstanding in their most recent Ofsted inspection are eligible to convert to academies. Schools which have not been rated as outstanding are able to register their interest in becoming an academy and will be able to apply later in the year.
It is important to understand what academies are and what it will mean in relation to your child's education.
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