Apart from having 'locked in syndrome' and knowing that if you wanted to you could, if you wish do everything an academy does without ever becoming one by simply agreeing to use the services of an Educational Consultancy ( private sector with a whopping big price tag), there are loads of cons, many of which I have not yet considered. My starter list: Cons: 1. Funds may be siphoned away from struggling schools to lift flagship schools even higher (sociopathic tendencies towards the ‘golden child’ ). 2. No enforceable pay structure on CEO / trustees. 3. One ‘bad apple’ in charge could cause the whole barrel to rot. 4. More scope for internal blame culture / witch hunts / bullying. 5. High risk strategies may be proposed /adopted. Employ more fag packets as required.