Communications support for academies

Using the specialist public relations and marketing expertise within Northamptonshire County Council’s corporate communications team, we’re offering a range of packages to support academy trusts in their communications activity.

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In return for an annual retainer, the corporate communications team will provide the following support:

  • Responding to media issues
  • Providing advice and support in advance of any potential issues
  • Drafting press statements and press releases
  • Handling media calls
  • Communicating with parents and the wider community
  • Providing senior level PR and reputation advice

You will have access to a media relations specialist 24 hours a day on the phone.


  • Secondary schools - £750 per year
  • Primary/junior/infant schools - £500 per year

We can provide a variety of communications support options to help you publicise the outcome of your Ofsted inspection.

Option 1

Our basic package will include:

  • A press release on the outcome of your Ofsted inspection and distribution to local media
  • A letter for stakeholders such as parents and governors for you to distribute as you choose


  • £300 per inspection

Option 2

Our enhanced package features the same as the basic package but also includes full press office support from the corporate NCC communications team.

We will handle all media enquiries about your Ofsted inspection, facilitate any interview requests and provide basic media training to prepare you for any interviews.


  • £600 per inspection

This is a comprehensive public relations package providing wide-ranging communications support for your school. It includes:

  • 24-hour crisis communications support by telephone
  • a two-hour media training session
  • a suite of press release templates to help you promote good news
  • an up-to-date contact list of local and national press
  • a follow-up telephone service offering advice on how to sell your stories to the media
  • ‘In the news’ – a weekly briefing sent directly to your inbox


  • £1,000 per school, per year.

Find out more

If you would like to take advantage of any of these communications support packages, or to find out more, please email​