Specialist academy schools services

We are well versed with the wider issues that commonly impact upon academies and, as a result, can offer you the specialist advice required to address these.


We are able to offer the following assistance in providing a fundraising strategy:

  • undertaking fundraising studies to test the feasibility of raising the required funds
  • setting up the process for appeals management
  • advising on major donor development and retention; and
  • developing marketing strategies which include; market research, press campaigns and advertising.

VAT and tax issues

Our team of VAT and tax experts are well placed to help you minimise your VAT and tax burden, advise on any issues should they arise as well as keep you abreast of new legislation. As a charity, your academy should be exempt from corporation tax, but there are instances where profits generated by charities are subject to corporation tax.

Interim management

A large number of our public sector clients have relied on us to provide effective interim management support, which is often ideal for a wide range of problems including crisis or project management, managing change or providing a short-term stop-gap or skill set.


Our reliable and responsive payroll and bookkeeping team have a wealth of knowledge in school based employees’ pay, including the terms and conditions for all school staff and the statutory regulations regarding teachers’ pay.

Inherited land

How your academy school’s land and buildings are accounted for within the accounts and valued, can be crucial to the solvency of the academy. Our team of academy experts can provide you with the necessary advice on technical accounting issues for the correct treatment of your inherited land and buildings.

Internal (scrutiny) audit & risk assurance services

Internal audit can be an important tool for organisations of all sizes across all sectors. It’s increasingly becoming an important aspect of doing business in both the public and private sector, and with the continued consolidation within the education sector as the size of MATs increase, for academy trusts we believe this trend is going to continue. A good internal audit can help an organisation improve, change and operate more efficiently. 

The Academy Trust Handbook (ATH) states that all academy trusts must have a programme of internal scrutiny to provide independent assurance to the board that its financial and non-financial controls and risk management procedures are operating effectively.

UHY is able to support your trust with compliance with this important aspect of the ATH. Many of our offices are able to offer a menu of internal scrutiny topics which we are happy to build into a programme of visits. 

Contact your local UHY office to discuss our internal audit services.

The next step

If you would like to discuss the accounting services that we can provide for your academy school, please contact one of our academy schools specialists at your nearest location, or complete the contact form.

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