Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust

The Trust was established in 2014 as a sponsored academy trust with an initial focus on the Hastings and Rye areas. The Trust aims to bring together local church schools, to drive and maintain improvement and share economies to maximise resources for teaching and learning in the classroom.

Further information on academies and the conversion process to become an academy is available on the Department for Education’s website:

The National Society website is another useful source of information:


Two important documents were published in August 2015 that have implications for governing bodies of maintained and academy schools. Both documents contain statutory guidance that must be followed with effect from 1st September 2015, including information that must be published on school websites. Please refer to each relevant document for the full guidance.The constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools August 2015 which can be found under Governance on the website and

The Academies Financial Handbook 2015 can be found on the Academies page of the website.

This document is published annually. Some of the main changes in the 2015 edition are as follows:

  • -Academy trusts must not have de facto trustees or shadow directions
  • -A financial notice to improve may be issued due to governance concerns as well as financial concerns
  • -Academy trusts must publish on the websites up-to-date details of their governance arrangements in a readily accessible form (published on the website in a readily accessible form. See section 2.5 Transparency
  • -The register of interest must also identify close family relationship between members or trustee, and between members or trustees and the trust’s employees
  • -Academy trusts must publish relevant business and pecuniary interest of local governors on their websites
  • -Academy trusts must notify the Education Funding Agency of the appointment of members or trustees

General Information on Academies

Academies are publicly funded independent schools that are not managed by a local authority. They can set pay and conditions for their staff and also change the length of their terms. Academies don’t have to follow the national curriculum.

Maintained primary and secondary schools, special schools, alternative provision schools and 16 to 19 providers can all apply to become an academy. A school can convert on its own if it is performing well, with the support of a sponsor, or as part of a group of schools (an academy chain).

Schools can not acquire or remove their faith character, expand, become mixed or single sex, or introduce selection as part of the conversion process.

Once converted, academies are run by an academy trust, which is a charitable company limited by guarantee.