‘Hereford Sixth Form College is hoping to convert on 1 February, which is likely to make it the first institution to take on academy status .
About two-thirds of sixth-form colleges have expressed an interest in converting, according to the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association (SFCA), with several more set to complete the process this spring. Minister Lord Nash told the SFCA’s annual conference on Wednesday that a fifth of colleges had already started the formal process of academy conversion.
Hereford – the inaugural winner of the sixth-form college of the year title at the TES FE Awards 2016 – has found conversion to be “relatively straightforward” because it does not have debts and has opted to create a standalone single-academy trust, according to principal Jonathan Godfrey.’ - TES
Jonathan Godfrey said: ‘Although the process has generated additional work relating to dissolving the corporation, transfer of assets to the new trust and liaising with external agencies and contractors, it has not been too onerous and we have been well supported by the academy team within the Department for Education. A frustration has been the preparation by the DfE of necessary documentation which requires adaptation of the current funding agreement used for schools. This is a generic issue which should be resolved by the time the majority of colleges apply but has resulted in a slight delay to our conversion date.’ – TES, later article