Achieving for Children

Schools Finance

We support schools in managing their financial resources whilst ensuring current accounting regulations and schemes of delegation are complied with. You will have a dedicated schools finance officer assigned to your school with backup support from our Finance Team. We offer a close working relationship with schools to provide high quality assistance when it is needed most.

What we can offer

Schools can choose a range of support from the options below tailored to individual requirements.

  • Support in consistent financial reporting (CFR)
  • Advice in the planning, preparing, forecasting and setting of budgets, including virements
  • Assistance with closing schools accounts
  • Advice with the preparation of detailed salary budgets and help throughout the year with any salary queries
  • Assistance with budget monitoring
  • Attendance at governing body meetings (to be mutually agreed beforehand)
  • Assistance with the preparation of financial information for governors meetings
  • Guidance on school finance policies and interpretation of budget control reports
  • Schools visits (the focus of which is to be decided by the school)
  • Training and coaching for new bursars, finance officers and headteachers on various financial management topics
  • Support in the recruitment of finance staff
  • Dedicated telephone and email support from a specific officer, with secondary support from the Finance Team
  • Close liaison with the internal audit team