Whether you are considering becoming an academy/free school, are in the process of converting to academy status, or are an existing academy school, our academies team can offer you the help and support that is required in this constantly changing sector.
Our academy experience
We have acted for academy schools since their introduction by the then Labour government and we pride ourselves on the wealth of expertise that we have built up in this area.
Academy status brings with it additional financial and governance responsibilities with the requirements placed on academies by the Charities Act, the Companies Act, and the Education Funding Agency, being very detailed.
Our academies team understands this and provides a supportive hands-on service to help you navigate through the regulatory and reporting requirements of the sector.
We offer a range of services which include:
Advice on academy conversion
Annual accounts preparation
Annual audit of accounts and the accounts return
Assistance with budgets and forecasts
Responsible officer visits and training
Internal audit services
Teachers pension scheme audit
Specialist VAT advice
Advice on accounting systems and computerisation
The provision of a range of business services including payroll processing, bookkeeping, a BACs bureau etc.
Secretarial duties to meet the requirements of the Education Funding Agency and Companies House
The provision of governor training
Advice on corporate structures including issues arising from trading activities
Advice on multi-academy status and collaborative working
When we converted to academy status, we were well aware of the new statutory regulations placed upon us with regard to company accounting procedures and practices. Choosing the right accountant, therefore, was of great importance to us.
In our opinion McCabe Ford Williams, Sittingbourne offers the right balance of challenge and support that has enabled us to undertake the conversion successfully, review our policies and implement new financial software without too much stress. The members of staff at all levels at McCabe Ford Williams are very knowledgeable and experienced in how a school functions, so advice has always been appropriate and helpful.
Our appointed accountant, Partner Clair Rayner, listens to our needs and adapts her own practice to suit. The team is friendly and approachable and provides us with a most professional service.
We would have no concerns about recommending McCabe Ford Williams to other schools and academies.
Kevin Dickens, Deputy Head Teacher and Business Manager, The Abbey School Faversham
McCabe Ford Williams came to us highly recommended. From our first meeting with Partner Liam McHugh we felt confident that the services they would provide would be professional and friendly
Liam and his team guided and supported us throughout the process of conversion to Academy status and continue to be invaluable in helping us to navigate the minefield of EFA returns, budget forecasts and Teachers’ Pension Scheme audits. I know that I can telephone or e-mail any question or concern and they will come straight back to me with help and reassurance.
The annual audit and preparation of our statutory accounts has been a smooth, friendly and effective. This has helped me to refine my own methods to achieve greater efficiency and clarity.
I would not hesitate to recommend McCabe Ford Williams as a firm who understand and meet the needs of a Primary School Academy.
Dreena Knibbs – Senior School Manager – Graveney Primary School
Clair’s in-depth knowledge surrounding the academies sector has been invaluable. She has gone to great lengths to provide support during the free school process and has been a pleasure to work with. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her services or that of MFW.