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Converting to academy status creates both exciting opportunities and unfamiliar challenges. We offer practical support and reassuring advice to help you every step of the way – from making the decision to convert right through to dealing with day-to-day issues.

Meeting financial accounting and reporting requirements requires a new approach. Accounts must be prepared under a different format and will be open to far greater public scrutiny. Academies must produce a governors’ report, including statements about compliance with the Charities Act and Charity SORP (relating to the preparation of financial accounts), as well as statements explaining the academy’s results, plans for the future and its impact on the local community.

There are many other issues to consider too: corporate governance structures, regularity reporting in respect of accountability and transparency in the use of public funds, implications for teachers’ pensions, replacement of services previously supplied by the local authority, cash flow management for solvency monitoring and the adequacy of computer systems to support financial management and reporting.

With our deep understanding of the requirements of the academy sector, we can guide you through the transition process, making sure you are capable of meeting all your new financial and regulatory requirements. And once your academy trust is successfully established, we can provide further ongoing services tailored to your needs and the current sector issues at the time.