Putting their trust in a solicitors’ firm

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A SOLICITORS firm has helped to create Hartlepool’s first primary school multi-academy trust.

The move has happened at Stranton Primary School where executive head teacher Neil Nottingham appointed Tilly Bailey & Irvine to take the school through the conversion.

Thanks to their help, they have established their multi academy trust with Owton Manor Primary School.

Mr Nottingham said: “After meeting with the team at TBI, I was immediately impressed with their knowledge, drive and offer of support, which has in turn made this process very straight forward and trouble free.”

Recent Ofsted results for both schools give clear indications that they are heading in the right direction. The conversion process begins with a consultation period where parents, staff, governors and children can be engaged in the discussion.

If the decision to convert is made, the school is required to appoint a legal team to help them through the process and liaise with school and the Department of Education.

Craig Malarkey, solicitor and lead member of Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s Academy Team, said: “Academy projects such as this are very rewarding.

“They deliver new and exciting educational environments, often led by inspirational leaders such as Neil.

“We are delighted to work with local schools and to go the extra mile to ensure that on conversion they are fully compliant with risks identified, managed and mitigated.

“Although academy conversion is not for all schools, this is a very good example of how they can and will work. We have been immensely impressed by both schools and their leadership team.”

There are currently over 3,000 academy schools in England & Wales with hundreds more converting each month.