Academy Conversions


Our team includes professionals who all sit on Trust Boards and 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 where possible.

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.

Read the testimonials page to see exactly what our clients say about us and then contact us to discuss how we can support your journey.

When we started on our MAT journey Jeff’s company came up in our research. They had testimonials from other trusts in our area and from people I knew and respected. After making contact with Jeff, back in November 2019, and up until the present day, I cannot speak highly enough of the service he and his team have provided. Jeff has supported us, challenged the DfE on our behalf, assisted us in jumping through numerous hoops, used his nationwide contacts to ensure we were best placed for conversion and has become a personal friend and guide to me and our chair of trustees. Jeff and his team worked with us for over two years before we paid anything to his company for the services provided. That spoke volumes! Jeff went out of his way to find out whether our Trust was eligible for TCaF funding, and when we were, provided support and guidance leading to the Trust receiving a significant sum to develop central functions. This was beyond the remit of the conversion contract and there was no charge for this. We have been so impressed by his team’s work that we have commissioned Trust and LGB audits from him, along with a growth audit and CEO training course. All of these have been of high quality and helped the Trust develop further. I would be happy to speak to anyone considering using J&G Marshall to tell them of our experience which was first class and definitely value for money.

Steve Campbell, CEO, LET Education Trust


"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