The new type of academies don't have to be failing schools. In fact they are supposed to be good schools with outstanding features and, I think, to undertake to help other schools that are in difficulties. In fact, the school which my children attended had only one outstanding feature - something to do with community links - but is going ahead with an application with publicity suggesting it is outstanding. In fact its 'core' provision, education, is not that good. Yes, it is a governors decision to apply to the DfE. And in our community secondary, finding out who the governors are is impossible. Therefore, it can be a very small number of people, who may be very uninformed, who are making this important decision.