Academy (English school)

An academy school in England is a state-funded school which is directly funded by the Department for Education and independent of local authority control. The terms of the arrangements are set out in individual Academy Funding Agreements.[1] Most academies are secondary school. However, slightly more than 25% of primary schools (4,363 as of December 2017),[2] as well, as some of the remaining first and middle schools, are also academies.

Mossbourne Community Academy, the successor to Hackney Downs School (October 2005)

Academies are self-governing non-profit charitable trusts and may receive additional support from personal or corporate sponsors, either financially or in kind.[3] They do not have to follow the National Curriculum,[4] but do have to ensure that their curriculum is broad and balanced,[5] and that it includes the core subjects of mathematics and English.[6] They are subject to inspection by Ofsted.