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74% of secondary schools nationally are now academies and 31% of primary schools are academies.  Church schools considering academy status are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the DfE website, with the Memorandum of Understanding and with the Diocesan Board of Education (DBE)’s academy strategy, all of which may be found below.

Church schools in this diocese have the choice of joining the Diocesan Multi Academy Trust (MAT) (see website) or joining or forming their own local church school-led MAT. There are currently three such MATs in the diocese.

Schools considering academy status are encouraged to discuss their plans with the Director of Education in the first instance.

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  • Converting to Academy Status-+

    Governing Bodies considering conversion to Academy status are encouraged to refer to the documents listed below:

    Church schools are also advised to make early contact with the Director of Education so that appropriate support and guidance can be offered.

    Schools seeking Diocesan Board of Education consent (a statutory requirement for VC and VA schools alike) are advised that future DBE Meetings are scheduled in 2020 for:

    • Tuesday 5 May 2020 (6pm)
    • Wednesday 16 September 2020 (6pm)
    • Tuesday 24 November 2020 (1.30pm)

    In addition Governors may seek consent outside these scheduled meetings from a Committee of the DBE established with delegated powers. Please contact the Director of Education in the first instance.

  • Church Schools in Suffolk within a Multi Academy Trust-+

    The following church schools in Suffolk are within a Multi Academy Trust:

    St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Multi Academy Trust (19)

    All Saints' CofE Primary, Newmarket

    Nacton CofE Primary

    Bramfield CofE Primary

    Ringsfield CofE Primary

    Brampton CofE Primary

    St Mary’s CofE Primary Hadleigh

    Chelmondiston CofE Primary

    St Mary’s CofE Primary Woodbridge

    Eyke CofE Primary

    Sproughton CofE Primary

    Hartest CofE Primary

    St Matthew's CofE Primary Ipswich

    Hintlesham and Chattisham CofE Primary

    Stoke by Nayland CofE Primary

    Long Melford CofE Primary

    Tudor CofE Primary Sudbury

    Mellis CofE Primary

    Wetheringsett CofE Primary

    Morland CofE Primary Ipswich  


    The Tilian Partnership (7)

    Bardwell CoE Primary

    Old Newton CoE Primary

    Crawford's CoE Primary Haughley

    Palgrave CoE Primary

    Gislingham CoE Primary

    Rougham CoE Primary

    Ixworth CoE Primary



    Thedwastre Education Trust (3)

    Great Barton CoE Primary

    Thurston CoE Primary 

    Rattlesden CoE Primary

    Woolpit Primary


    Diocese of Ely MAT (1)

    St Christopher’s CoE Primary Red Lodge



    All Saints Schools Trust (7)

    All Saints CoE Primary Laxfield

    Occold Primary

    Charsfield CoE Primary

    St Peter and St Paul CoE Primary Eye

    Dennington CoE Primary

    Stradbroke CoE Primary

    Fressingfield CoE Primary

    Wortham Primary

    Great Whelnetham CoE Primary



    ASSET Education MAT (1)

    Stutton CoE Primary