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If you’re planning to make changes to your schools, such as changing your age range or moving to new premises, there's a process you must follow. Find out about the requirements and the steps involved.

When to follow this process

If you’re planning to make a significant change (any change that will affect your funding agreement), you must follow the process set out below.

This process isn't for all changes - you don't have to go through it to change the school day, or make changes to your curriculum. It only applies to characteristic changes that will affect the number or type of school places on offer in your area.

If the planned change will affect admission arrangements (e.g. if the published admission number (PAN) will change), different rules apply - see the final section of this article. 

Use our flowchart of this process if you want a summarised version of this article.  

The process is based on the DfE's guidance on making significant changes to an academy, referred to throughout. 

Contact the DfE via the email [email protected], to tell it about the planned change at least

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