Financial Year 2020-21

Academy transfers and funding

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This statistics publication analyses the number of academies that have moved trusts from the financial year 2013-14 to 2020-21 and the total grant funding provided. It also compares the reason that academies move trust. 

The following ancillary table is available to download from this release:

List of all academies transfers during financial years 2013-14 to 2020-21 and how much grant funding was provided to each. 

The above table can be found under ‘Other files’ in the ‘Explore data and files’ section.

When reviewing the tables, please note that the grant funding figures have been rounded to the nearest £100.


Headline facts and figures - 2020-21

  1. The total number of academy transfers between financial years 2013-14 to 2020-21 was 1,365. The annual number of academy transfers increased year on year from 21 academies transferring trust in 2013-14, to 307 in 2018-19, before decreasing to 189 in 2020-21.
  2. The proportion of academy transfers over this time has increased from 0.5 per cent in 2013-14 to 3.6 per cent of all open academies in England in 2018-19, followed by a decrease to 2.0 per cent in 2020-21.
  3. Of the 1,365 academy transfers between financial years 2013-14 to 2020-21, 348 (25%) have received grant funding.
  4. The proportion of academy transfers that have received grant funding decreased from 31 per cent in 2016-17 to 21 per cent in 2020-21. Due to a break in the series, these figures cannot be compared to statistics for previous years.
  5. A total of 189 academy transfers took place in financial year 2020-21. 39 of these were provided with grant funding.

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