RSA Academies will close its activities from 31 March 2022, when its current Memorandum of Understanding with the RSA, the royal society of arts, manufactures and commence, expires.

Since its establishment in 2011, RSA Academies has supported the development of a distinctive RSA character for its schools, especially through the three Commitments – Arts, Culture and Creativity; World beyond School; and Wellbeing and Mental Health. RSA Academies has also developed a partnership framework for articulating a positive school ethos based on the RSA’s vision and values. Much good work has been completed with the RSA schools and is celebrated.

It is now felt that RSA Academies has accomplished its purposes. In addition, the ‘umbrella’ nature of RSA Academies as a trust is no longer supported by the Department of Education which sees multi-academy trusts as the preferred model for collaboration between academies.

RSA Academies is working closely with colleagues at the RSA to devise plans for a larger network of schools that will be closely aligned to the RSA’s education programme. It is hoped that existing academies will continue to have a close relationship with the RSA through this proposed new network but without the current direct governance links.


RSA Academies was founded by the RSA to sponsor schools. We sponsor individual schools and a multi-academy trust, for pupils aged 3-19, to provide an inspirational and creative education. Our schools are located in the West Midlands and also work together as the RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance.

The RSA is committed to a future that works for everyone.  A future where we can all participate in its creation. The RSA has been at the forefront of significant social impact for over 260 years. The RSA’s proven change process, rigorous research, innovative ideas platforms and diverse global community of over 30,000 problem-solvers deliver solutions for lasting change.

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