Academy Conversions


Our team includes professionals who all sit on governing bodies. It means that we look at things differently, we see conversion from the perspective of the school, not just from a business point of view.

Whereas many see the Academy Conversion Grant as the funding purely for the transfer, we have a different perspective. The key motivation when J & G Marshall was established was finding a way carry out conversions more effectively and efficiently so that the set-up grant could also be directed to the classroom.

Our single fee structure ensures that conversion grants can support education outcomes, rather than being swallowed up by legal fees and administration.

For £11,500 + VAT, our service includes everything you need.


  • Help with your application
  • Company set up – Articles and Memorandum
  • Commercial Transfer Agreement, plus schedules
  • Funding Agreement and Annexes
  • Land Transfer/Lease
  • TUPE guidance
  • Support sourcing finance system
  • Support sourcing HR/Employment Lawyers and Accountants
  • Full project management
  • Guidance on insurance, banking facilities and pensions
  • Where applicable, full liaison with the LA, DfE and Diocese

J&G Marshall offers a full and comprehensive transfer solution, so governors, senior leaders and the wider school community can focus on education.


"It has been an absolute pleasure to work work with Jeff Marshall and his team for the last 3 years. We could not have been in better hands during a difficult conversion to academy and they were with us, fighting for us, every step of the way. Jeff is always on the end of an e-mail and I can guarantee that you will get first class, friendly, professional support. The attitude of Jeff and his team certainly helped to make a difficult 3 year wait more bearable and we would recommend this company without hesitation. I can not imagine there being a better service."

Elaine Preston, Headteacher, Gladstone Primary School


"As a small MAT, considering growth as part of our future vision, we undertook a "growth audit" earlier this year to see if we were ready in every sense to progress our expansion plans. The onsite evaluation and monitoring process and written feedback have been immensely valuable in shaping our strategy for the future and in providing practical help on where we needed to take action to strengthen our Trust's readiness for growth. Rigorous, robust, positive, empowering - the MAT Growth Audit from J&G Marshall has significantly contributed to our strategic vision and planning for the future; worth every penny!"

Mrs Nicki Wright, Executive Headteacher, Redditch West School Trust