I live in an area where the LA has a secondary system of a high school 11-14 and then college 14-18. Yesterday my children (one at the high school - Y8 and one at the college - Y11) each came home with letters advising parents of the start of consultations to convert the schools into academies under an 'umbrella partnership trust' along with two other schools (four schools in total). It also states that there may be other schools within the area that will also join this umbrella partnership at a later date. The date for transfer to an academy will be Sept 2012. I have started to research about the pros and cons of being an academy, as I want to go to the meetings with as much information as possible. At the moment myself and OH are undecided whether this is a good thing or not. The teacher side of me feels that this could have a major impact on quality of teaching and the staff employed; due to changes in pay and conditions (at the moment I am extremely satisfied with the quality of teaching at both of these schools). However, the parent side thinks that maybe if more funding can be injected into my children's education, then that can only be for the good (can't it?) Another thought is; 'if it's not broke, don't fix it' Does anyone have any experience of a school becoming an academy? Has it been for the better? Both of my children's schools have been rated as outstanding by OfSTED, but does this warrant them becoming academies?