We understand the challenges you’ll face when transitioning to Academy status

Moving your local education authority-run school over to being an academy is a complex and demanding process.

We have the experience and specialist expertise your school needs to make this change as smooth and hassle-free as possible.

What do you need help with?

Our team provide advice and guidance for schools seeking academy status, as well as helping existing academies to meet their compliance, accounts, auditing and EOYC Teacher’s Pension Scheme returns workload.


Full accounting support throughout the academic year

Your accounting processes need to be more robust, highly organised and able to meet the requirements of the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

We’ll do:

  • A full review of your existing accounting system
  • Give advice on the changes needed to meet the ESFA’s accounting requirements
  • The preparation and submission of your statutory accounts

Assurance of having your accounts checked & audited

Every academy must have its accounts independently audited on an annual basis, in line with the guidance supplied by the ESFA.

You’ll get:

  • A comprehensive audit of your academy’s accounts
  • Help with the completion of your Annual Accounts Return (AAR) and the audit of the AAR

An annual plan to ensure you are meeting your ESFA requirements

As an academy, you must be able to prove that you are 100% compliant with Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) guidance.

We’ll help you with:

  • A detailed review of compliance and governance processes
  • Full reporting on your financial health and management

The running and admin of the End of Year Certification Teachers’ Pension

Academies must declare the pension amounts deducted from their employees as well as the amounts being paid by the academy in employer contributions.

We’ll help with:

  • Your academy’s end of year declaration, which must be audited by a third party – we’re well positioned to provide this service
  • Ensuring your academy is meeting the EOYC Teachers’ Pensions guidelines and requirements

“They are very experienced and knowledgeable about the way Academies work, and are always up to date with the latest regulatory changes. Our board of Governors feel very secure that we’re in good hands.

They’re also a pleasure to work with. When a team of people are spending lots of time in your office pouring through all your paperwork, it makes such a difference when they are friendly and genuinely nice people.”

Joanne Hamer, School Business Manager, Dallam School

Meet your Academies team

Our team provide a personal service that’s based on building a long-standing relationship with each school.

Academy Advice

Ready to discuss your academy requirements?

Our team are here to help your school with whatever you might need.