FAQs

This page sets out a number of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about academy status and being part of a multi-academy trust. This will be developed and added to as questions are raised, more information is gathered during our research, and our plans are further developed. 

Filter our FAQs below, just click on a category. If you have any specific questions just email us at: info@equa.org.uk

What is an Academy?

An academy is a state funded school operated by an academy trust which is directly funded and regulated by the Department for Education, rather the local authority. It must offer, free of charge, a full, broad and balanced curriculum, but it has more freedom to determine how it spends its budget to deliver that curriculum than local authority maintained schools

What is an academy trust?

An academy trust is a charitable company which is funded by the Department of Education to run academy schools. It is funded through an agreement and must follow strict rules on how that funding is used. As a charitable company, nobody can make a profit from it. Because it is funded from public money, it must follow rules to ensure that it obtains good value for money and it is subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

What is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT)?

A multi academy trust (MAT) is a single academy trust charitable company which runs more than one academy. This enables groups of school who share similar values to work together as part of a single organisation, but each school retains its individual ethos and identity and a local governing body.

What is EQUA MAT?

The EQUA MAT is a new multi academy trust for Wiltshire that will be set up by the founding schools to support and run the schools. Together our schools will establish the structure of leadership and governance and we will determine the way trust works and how it supports the schools. One of the founding schools, Lavington School, was a “single” academy trust, so that trust has been transformed, by changing its name, constitution (“Articles of Association”), governance structure and funding agreements, into the EQUA Multi Academy Trust.

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