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Converting to an academy

Are you considering converting to an academy?

We have helped over 3,000 schools convert to academy status. Academy status removes the school from local authority control. Academies are, in effect, state funded independent schools. They have more responsibility, particularly for teaching, budgets and staffing. For more information on how to apply to convert to an academy, please refer to the DfE website.

Steps to converting to an academy

Whether you’re currently using SIMS, or you’re considering moving from an admin-focused management information system (MIS) to a school improvement system like ours, we are here to support you along the way.

If you’re considering converting to an academy, contact our team as soon as possible. Email or call 0800 170 7005

An initial telephone call will establish how you’re using your current MIS, your timelines for conversion and the level of support that you require.

As an academy you will need to setup a new Financial Management System (FMS). Our Academy FMS Conversion Service can help you achieve the best possible start.

You will be assigned a dedicated account manager. A telephone consultation will establish your requirements in more detail and we will schedule a date for your SIMS (and FMS) conversion.

We have a range of training courses on offer to help you continually progress your knowledge and help your staff use SIMS more effectively.

Once you have converted to an academy, you’ll be assigned a customer service manager who will work with you to help you get the most out of SIMS.

As an academy you will work directly with SIMS. You’ll have access to our service desk for technical support and My Account, our customer portal with numerous forums, top tips and other guidance documents to help you get the most from SIMS.

Helping you convert your Financial Management System (FMS)

If you become an academy, you’ll need a new FMS database to deal with the new financial year. SIMS FMS is the most popular finance solution for academies and is ICAEW approved. It’s designed specifically for the education sector and meets academy financial management and reporting requirements.

Download our financial management for academies brochure

We’ve helped over 1,900 academies convert their FMS – our Academy FMS Conversion Service can help you achieve the best possible start.

The full power of SIMS

SIMS Consultancy Services can help you release the full potential of SIMS quickly, so you can start making an impact where you need to immediately. We also offer training courses tailored to your school or academy’s specific needs - whatever stage you’re at.

Find out more about our support services