Academies

Academies

Whether you’re an existing Academy or an educational establishment ready to covert to Academy status, working with us is as easy as ABC.

With years of experience, our teams of Academy specialists have the necessary expertise to meet your Academy’s requirements. Our four regionally-based teams looking after academy clients, are on hand when you need them. 98% of schools continue to appoint us as their auditors, due to the consistently excellent service and additional help and support we provide.

As well as our instant email and telephone assistance, we also aim to make the audit process as painless and constructive as possible, with plain English reports and practical advice on improving your financial controls and procedures.

Audits

As we are founder members of the YPLA Audit Advisory Group (also known as ESFA), we have been involved from the start of the new Academies process and hold an extensive range of skills and knowledge within the education sector to assist with audit and reporting requirements.

We can advise on all of your financial procedures, starting with an audit. Provided with a dedicated and experienced partner, you will have extensive support throughout the process of becoming an academy. Once an Academy you are required, by the Academies Financial Handbook, to devise a programme of risk review. We can work with you to implement and report upon your Audit Work Program according to your circumstances and use our expertise to continually develop this review system.

Our Academy team are also experts in helping head teachers, governors and finance executives with:

  • the governance and the RO role
  • reviewing of systems and controls
  • budgeting
  • year-end compliance and the annual audit
  • choosing accounts software
  • payroll transfer and implementation

As a participant of Praxity, the largest accounting alliance globally and the 6th largest accounting association in the world, as well as being part of the UK2000Group’s education group, we feel that we have the expertise and experience to offer Academies the complete package.

“We were impressed by the extent of technical and business oriented support offered by Kevin Hopper at Forrester Boyd when we first achieved Academy status. Since then we have found him easy to access for ongoing help and guidance when we need it.”

Tony Wood, Director of Finance at St. Lawrence Academy Scunthorpe