Accounting for education

Academisation, fairer funding formulae and area reviews for Further Education Colleges are key political issues which are likely to change the face of the Education Sector. We will support and guide you through this evolutionary time within the Sector to ensure your goals have clarity, a clear strategy for the future, strong financial records and controls are maintained and to give you time to focus on your primary purpose of providing education to the next generation.

Our experienced team can support you through any stage of the lifecycle of your educational establishment, whether it’s a school fund, academisation through to the formation of a MAT or a Further Education College.  Our team passionately cares about the sector who have a key appreciation of the ever changing political landscape.  Our work includes the provision of specialist advice on regulation, management and governance issues as well as internal and external scrutiny.


We will advise you on the financial and governance aspects of becoming an academy to provide you with a strong foundation from which to build upon for the future. We will support you from the initial transfer of the school to the annual statutory requirements for the Academy.

Board of Governors

Armstrong Watson provide proactive guidance on the role and responsibilities of being a governor, ensuring that you and your board members are equipped with the tools to effectively managed and monitor the school’s strategic progress.

Multi-Academy Trusts

We can help you prepare for your MAT with the preparation of strategic business plans, due diligence work on the finances of incoming schools and the formulation of operational plans.

Risk Management

Strong governance procedures over the management of risk whether through a risk register, brainstorming new ventures or day to day management responsibilities.

Financial controls and systems

Armstrong Watson can implement robust financial systems and controls to enhance transparency, validate your management information and ensure regulatory compliance.


We will ensure that your expenditure adheres to the regularity, propriety and compliance rules and that costs are correctly allocated to the appropriate charitable fund.

Get in touch

To find out more about how we can help you or your business, call us on 0808 144 5575 and speak to a member of our team. Alternatively use our contact form to send us a message or arrange a callback.

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