A year ago Heyworth Primary School in Hayward's Heath in West Sussex was ordered to become an academy. A local secondary school was brought in to help as a sponsor. A year on - exam results are up and applications for the school have increased by more than 30 per cent.
Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford went to visit. She spoke to Steve Davis, the headteacher of the newly named Warden Park Primary Academy, the chief executive of the sponsoring Warden Park Academy Trust, Steve Johnson - and the proud pupils.
In some counties, the percentage of academies is more than 50 per cent. How does this affect schools still run by local authorities?
Our education correspondent Christine Alsford looks at the details behind the rise in the number of academies.
Across the country, more than 200 struggling schools are becoming academies. But are there any new academies coming to your area?