At Kreston Reeves we understand the issues facing clients in the education sector. Our specialist team is dedicated to advising private and public education sector clients, including academies.

Peter Manser


Head of Audit and Assurance, and Academies and Education Partner

London and Kent

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Simon Webber

BA(hons) DChA FCA



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Members of our specialist team include partners and staff who are governors and charity trustees in their own right. Their personal experience and professional expertise will help guide you through the regulations without fuss.

Private and public education

With many educational establishments facing similar financial issues, our clients benefit from our experience in advising others. For example, one major expenditure borne by educational institutions is that of wages, salaries and, increasingly, pensions: an effective framework of financial systems and controls is vital in each of these areas.


As registered auditors we act as both internal and external auditors for independent schools and academies under the guidelines set by the Secretary of State, Department for Education and Education Funding Agency.


The introduction of academy status provides the school management team with the opportunity to take greater control over finances. This additional responsibility requires support from qualified professionals.

Our experience working with schools converting to academy status supports and informs those considering making the change. Insights include specialist advice on fundraising, payroll, internal and external audit, VAT and the tax issues typically facing academies.

Our experts are also experienced in Free Schools and the Free School application process. Simon Webber, Partner, is a founding member of Chichester Free School and served as the finance Governor for four years, having been part of the project team that secured their funding agreement. Simon therefore has first-hand experience of the many challenges and obstacles that need to be overcome on the journey to opening a new school.

Helping throughout the academy conversion process

Currently applying

Uncertain about the regulations and the environment you are entering? Our team will be able to offer you personal and practical guidance.

Newly formed

Your new financial and governance obligations may prove unfamiliar to you. Whether it’s guiding people on their new responsibilities, advising on regulatory matters, or providing accounting, audit (both external and internal) and VAT advice, you can rely on our help to comply.

Well established

For good governance, you will be regularly reviewing your audit provision. Further change brings new challenges, and you may want advice to improve the effectiveness of your finance and back-office functions; potential or planned expansion; and developing or building properties.

Academies Benchmark Report 2019

Our Academies Benchmark Report 2019 is based on those Academies that prepared financial statements for the period ended 31 August 2018 and which were audited by member firms of Kreston UK.

Key highlights from the report include:

  • Trusts continue to show deficits with 50% showing an in-year deficit before depreciation for year ended 31 August 2018 which is slightly reduced from the 55% in 2017.
  • Staff costs have remained steady at 72% of total costs.
  • Income per pupil has remained relatively consistent with more than 95% coming from central and local government.
  • Larger, more centralised MATs are operating more efficiently, which suggest economies of scale are being realised.

To request your complimentary copy of the Report, please click here.