Academies and Education

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Our team work alongside Senior Leadership Teams, including governors, business managers and finance teams in primary and secondary education settings including academies and multi academy trusts.

Running an academy school is very different to operating within the Local Authority’s structure; we help develop effective financial management and preparation of budgets which are key in showing the viability of an academy and in managing it successfully going forward.

We have significant experience of dealing with the unique issues facing academies – in particular assisting a number to undergo their transition to academy status, and providing much needed support beyond transition.

We specialise in guiding Senior Leadership Teams through the governance, accounting, tax and audit requirements of an academy.

As academy governors ourselves we have a practical understanding of the current matters that concern you.  Our partner-led academies team is able to give specific advice on:

  • Preparation of Charity SORP, Companies Act and Education Funding Agency (EFA) compliant accounts
  • Audit of the year-end accounts
  • Completion of EFA returns
  • Preparation of management accounts for reporting to governors
  • Budgeting, whether for internal use or for reporting to the EFA
  • Teachers’ Pension (TP) audits
  • Design and monitoring of internal control and finance systems
  • Training and guidance to governors about their roles and responsibilities
  • IT support, including design of new financial and other systems
  • Payroll
  • Cash forecasting and management
  • Preparing applications for funding grants


Converting to Academy status?

Whatever stage you are at in the transition process, our education specialists have a tried and tested framework.

We actively support local schools with work placement and educational opportunities such as the ICAEW BASE programme