We understand the issues facing clients in the education sector

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 working with academies and educational institutions will help guide you through the regulations without fuss.

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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.


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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

How we've helped academies and education sectors

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Peter Manser

Peter Manser FCA DChA

Head of Audit and Assurance, and Academies and Education Partner

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