Academy Conversions

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The Commissioning Manager sits within the School Commissioning Team in Children’s Services and provides the following services to schools.

  • Manages all legal matters relating to school sites and educational land.
  • Acts as a single point of contact for schools throughout the academy conversion process.
  • Leads on all projects relating to the opening of convertor and sponsored academies, providing a link between the Local Authority, the Department for Education, the Regional Schools Commissioner, the Education & Skills Funding Agency, multi-academy trusts and the schools themselves.
  • Supports schools by providing appropriate and timely responses to issues and queries arising, referring to partners and colleagues as appropriate.
  • Co-ordinates the actions of the Buckinghamshire Council teams involved in the conversion (HR, Legal, Finance, Property) to secure completion of the 125-year Academy Lease and the Commercial Transfer Agreement in keeping with prescribed DfE timelines.
  • Represents the Local Authority at school meetings (staff, parent, governor, IEB) as required to provide information, support the process and secure agreement as appropriate.
  • Ensures statutory and procedural obligations are fulfilled and compliance by others is managed effectively.
  • Works closely with the following stakeholders throughout the conversion process:
    • Local Authority officers across council services;
    • Headteachers and school leaders;
    • Chairs of Governing Bodies and IEBs;
    • Community representatives;
    • Government officials of the DfE, the Regional Schools Commissioner office and the Education & Skills Funding Agency; and
    • Project Managers within local, regional and national academy trusts.

Key Contact
Joanne Marchant

Commissioning Manager
01296 387382

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