||<p>When community schools convert to academies, the freehold is retained by the local
authority and a lease is granted to the academy trust.</p><p>There are strict rules
protecting publicly funded land used by academies, regardless of who holds the freehold.
This is set out in published guidance, which is available at:</p><p><a href="http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protection-of-school-playing-fields-and-public-land-advice"
copy of the guidance has been placed in the House Library.</p>