In the Classroom

A Comprehensive Approach


If your school is considering becoming an academy, some areas Heads typically are concerned about often include:

  • the Head acting as Accounting Officer, what are the responsibilities and how are they fulfilled?

  • the impact of adhering to the Academy Financial Handbook

  • accruals accounting and the various ESFA returns

  • office staff capacity to cope with the changes, particularly if they do not come from an accounting background

Whilst your solicitors will help manage the legal aspects and the LA may initially offer advice, it is the school that will be responsible for the practicalities of implementing new systems and procedures.

I specialist in strategic business management both in primary and secondary sectors and in single and multi-academy trusts.

As well as being a qualified and much experiences School Business manager I

  • am a designated Specialist Leader of Education

  • work with the ESFA looking at amongst other things the Academy Financial Handbook

  • work with professional associations providing independent financial health check and internal audit / Responsible Officer services

I offer practical advice and tailored support to schools which are either considering or re in the process of, becoming an academy.

I am happy to meet with you to discuss where your school is in the process and if there is anything I may be able to help with the relieve some of the stress and pressure.