The Joining Process

The Joining Process

Victoria Academies Trust has a well-developed system to welcome new schools as part of our family. Our seven step approach is set out below.


Expression of Interest

Whether introduced to each other via an internet search or through mutual connections, this stage looks to build relationships between Victoria Academies Trust and your school. Key leaders are available to meet with you, your board and your schools to discuss options for joining, whether it be a formal route, or to explore a partnership offer approach. For Trust Partnerships, we will begin to work together to explore how this approach would work for both parties. For a more formal route, we will begin discussions to agree the approach to due diligence for both parties, and move through the formal joining steps below.

Mutual Due Diligence

Recognising that both parties are undertaking a significant decision we always recommend a mutual approach to due diligence; based upon evidence and risk based approach. We work alongside each school to understand and learn about all aspects of the school and encourage each new school to do the same with Victoria Academies Trust.


Agreement in Principal

Having completed due diligence, both parties issue formal agreement from either Board, alongside Regional Schools Commissioner approval to proceed.



With our agreement in principal in place and a timeline for transfer agreed; we appoint legal advisors to undertake all aspects of legal transfer. At a minimum this will include:

  • Deed of Transfer 
  • Common Transfer Agreement
  • Land Transfers
  • Funding Agreements
  • TUPE

Final Approvals

With legal diligence completed each Board will provide a final approval to proceed with the transfer.


Transition & On Boarding

Underpinned by an agreed project plan, Victoria Academies Trust supports your school through a full transition process. This includes:

  • Setup with our financial system
  • Onboarding to our Trust systems
  • Full staff training and induction to support their move to our processes and systems
  • Introduction to our Executive and Core Team who will work in partnership with you going forward
  • Introduction to Victoria Academies Trust for your staff, families and communit

Opening Day

Transfer day has arrived, and a warm welcome to the Victoria Academies Trust family!