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Considering converting to an academy?


Whether you’re currently using SIMS or considering transitioning from an admin-focused management information system (MIS) to a comprehensive school improvement system like ours, we are here to support you every step of the way.

We have assisted over 3,000 schools in converting to academy status, helping them transition from local authority control to becoming state-funded independent schools. Academies gain more responsibility over teaching, budgets, and staffing. For detailed information on how to apply for academy status, please visit the DfE website.

Step 1

If you’re considering converting to an academy, contact our team as soon as possible.

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Step 2

An initial telephone call will establish how you’re using your current MIS, your timelines for conversion and the level of support that you require.

Step 3

As an academy you will want a complete financial management solution that gives you a clear consolidated view of your financial position and SIMS Finance has been purpose-built for academies and MATS.

Step 4

You will be assigned a dedicated account manager who will contact you for a telephone consultation to establish your requirements in more detail and schedule your SIMS and SIMS Finance conversion with full support every step of the way.

Step 5

We have a range of training courses on offer to help you continually progress your knowledge and help your staff use SIMS more effectively.

Step 6

Once you have converted to an academy, you’ll be assigned a customer service manager who will work with you to help you get the most out of SIMS.

Effective Financial Management for Academies and Trusts

As an academy, you’ll need a robust financial management system to meet your new requirements. SIMS Finance provides a real-time, consolidated view of your financial position, streamlines financial processes for accurate reporting, and automates your ESFA Academies Accounts return submission, saving you time and money.

Harnessing the Full Power of SIMS

In addition to our support services, SIMS offers bespoke consultancy to help you unlock the full potential of the system quickly, allowing you to make an immediate impact where needed. 

We also provide scheduled training courses at venues nationwide, tailored specifically to the needs of academies.

Ready to take the next step in converting to an academy?

Contact our expert team to discover how SIMS can support your journey and help you achieve your goals.