Bath law firm Stone King has announced that its market leading Education Sector Group has reached a major milestone in helping 800 local authority schools to become academies .
The firm has completed 934 academy projects altogether, including academy transfers, free schools, studio schools and university technical colleges.
Roger Inman, Head of Education at Stone King, said: “We’re extremely proud to have helped so many schools complete the often challenging process of converting to academy status.”
Tom Brooke, a consultant in Stone King’s education team has also been appointed as a Schools Adjudicator.
Roger added: “This is another impressive feather in Tom’s judicial cap – he is already a judge in the Welfare Chapter of the tribunal system. Tom will continue working with us as a consultant and we wish him well in his new role.”
Lee Coley, a partner in the education team, will also be part of the expert panel at a forthcoming meeting of the prestigious Westminster Education Forum which will consider the future of England’s school system including grammar and faith schools, the role of universities and the independent sector, and priorities for multi-academy trusts.
Other notable speakers will include Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner at the Department for Education; Geoff Barton of the ASCL and Mike Buchanan of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference.