Joining the HfL MAT

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The Process

Expressing an interest Any school that is interested in exploring the possibility of joining the HfL MAT should contact us at A member of the team will then be happy to speak to your governing body about what …


A detailed handbook with has been produced to aid local authority maintained schools through the joining process. Handbook contents Introduction Summary of the conversion process Context: ‘Converter’ academies and ‘sponsored’ academies The decision to convert The application to convert Conversion …

Financial Considerations

Academy contribution The Trust operates a central fund in order to support the Trust Office and its central functions, and to provide a range of shared services. These services are provided to member schools for a contribution of no more …


A list of questions asked during the consultation sessions when the HfL MAT was established during 2016/17 and during subsequent conversions, and the answers supplied, can be obtained by emailing us at  

Academy Improvement Support

The HfL MAT will ensure that all schools receive high quality improvement support that is bespoke and proportionate to need.  Academy improvement support will come from a range of sources.  This will include direct support from the CEO and the …

Legal Support

Following a tender process, Winckworth Sherwood were appointed to provide legal services to support schools converting to academy status and joining the HfL MAT. Further information about their services for education can be found on their website.   Education