Concise Guide to Academies & Free Schools: Converting to an academy, setting up a new free school and running the new organisation once it has been set up, brings a series of opportunities and challenges. There is an increased focus on good governance and propriety controls in academies. It is important that academy promoters, managers, trustee directors and governors understand their responsibilities and duties. This guide is intended to provide an overview of the key points to be aware of, based on our extensive experience of acting as trusted advisor to academies and free schools. If you have any questions on the content we would love to hear from you.