Article first published in Kent Messenger on 4 April 2014
The conversion of a historic Kent grammar school to an academy was completed using the advice of law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore.
The board of governors at the Skinners School in Tunbridge Wells were guided through complex issues of company, education, property and employment law during the transition.
The institution became an academy in February and was guided though the process by the charities, not-for-profit and education team at TSP, which has practices in Tunbridge Wells and Dartford.
Founded in 1887, the grammar school decided to convert in 2013 but required special consideration for its new sports facilities and property occupation arrangements, which are uncommon among state-funded schools.
It was apparent from our initial meeting that we had made the right choice in selecting Thomson Snell & Passmore to handle the legal matters of academy conversion on our behalf. In spite of some tight deadlines set, the entire process was relatively painless.