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Schools - joining ELAN

Why would you join ELAN?

Well, for a start, we’ve been there as well. We know how daunting the process of joining a multi-academy trust (MAT) can seem. We understand. We did it ourselves and ELAN was born. We know many of the questions that will be raised. What happens to our governing body? Will we lose our control and individuality? How do we fit in to the MAT model?


We are not trying to sell a product to you. We want to work with like-minded schools and partners who share our vision, our values. If you want to join a MAT where all schools work to a specific model, then ELAN is not for you. We do not produce. We collaborate, we listen, we support. We passionately believe that every school is unique, should retain its specific character, be bespoke to meet the needs of the community it serves and that its individuality brings something different to ELAN that makes us all stronger.


By sharing a central team, we hope to relieve many of the pressures involved in running your school, freeing you up to do what you do best; Educate Children.


Collaborating together, we develop best practice both in education and in the running of your school. By working together we aim to make cost savings, share expertise, impact on each school, ensure a high quality service, develop pedagogy, provide excellent and consistent teaching and learning, develop strong leaders and ‘stay ahead of the game’.


We ensure that all of our children have access to aspirational, learning and leisure opportunities; whether this be to support their class work, or for personal growth.

We have a good track record. We have strong ‘intellectual capital’: knowledge, skills and business training in the education sector, because we are education and that’s why we have recognised education experts wanting to work with us and with you.


The best way to understand how and why we work like we do and to see why you may want to become part of our network is to talk to us and/or come and see us. You can phone us on 01934 313390 or email to arrange to visit and meet members of our team.

Academy conversion


A school that wishes to convert to academy status should complete the application to convert form on the Department for Education (DfE) website which can be found here. You will need to confirm that the governing body of the school has resolved that the school should become an academy. For foundation, trust or voluntary schools, you will also need to have obtained the consent of the foundation, trust or diocese to the academy conversion.