Becoming an aided school

The Education and Inspections Act 2006 provides controlled schools with a simple way to move to aided status. Prior to 1998, the rules on the compensation payable to LAs made this move prohibitive, but now no money is paid. This could make the move attractive to controlled schools where the benefits of aided status would enable them to serve their local community and the Church better.

In July 1999 Chester Diocesan Synod passed a motion encouraging controlled schools with appropriate support to consider the possibility of becoming aided and encouraging the Diocesan Board of Education to consider how the necessary resources can be provided. This section details the process involved but the advice and support of DBE staff should always be sought if there is any interest in this change of status.

Legal information can be found in The School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2007 (as amended by The School Organisation and Governance (Amendments) (England) Regulations 2007.

The differences between controlled and aided status can be seen here.

Community schools can gain Church of England status and if you would like more information, please contact the Director of Education.


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