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Academies & Education

Our experts deliver valuable advice to educational institutions including independent and voluntary aided schools, as well as new Single Academy Trusts and Multi Academy Trusts.

As registered charities, independent schools and academies face very similar financial issues.

These relate to financial systems and internal reporting, as well as regulatory requirements for statutory accounts and specialist auditing.

We can help in a number of crucial areas:

  • As budgets come under more and more pressure, our extensive experience of advising charities and not-for-profit organisations delivers substantial and sustainable financial benefits
  • We have assisted independent schools, voluntary aided schools, and an increasing number of academies, through our integrated service range that encompasses statutory audit, budgeting, tax, VAT, and cash flow planning
  • Our hands-on approach to working with our clients starts with a specialist education sector partner who remains the primary point of contact and is responsible for building a close, productive relationship
  • This partner-led service is supported by our experienced and knowledgeable charity sector team, which includes expert advisors with strong track records of working with not-for-profit and educational establishments.

If your school is considering converting to academy school status, or has already done so, we can help you with a full range of financial issues, including audit, accounts preparation, fundraising, and VAT issues. As part of the Kreston Global Network Academy Group

you can be assured that Mitchell Charlesworth can competently guide your educational institution through the ever-changing regulatory environment, and can provide specialist advice tailored to your organisation.  To view the latest Academies Benchmark Report that has been produced by us in conjunction with our colleagues in the Kreston Academies Group click the link to the right of the page.

For further information, contact a member of the team to the right of this page or send us an email.


We have a variety of resources available for schools and academies which can be found below:


We employed Mitchell Charlesworth following a tender process to review our outdated financial policies and processes in order to identify a better way of working.

Sue Noakes, Deputy Director of Education, Chester Diocesan Board of Education

We have engaged the services, both accountancy and audit, of Mitchell Charlesworth for the past 5 years...

Rob Owens, Chief Operating Officer, Rainhill High School

Alex has provided our Trust with support, advice and guidance for two years. I have never worked with an auditor who consistently goes the extra mile like Alex does...

Mark Highfield, Chief Finance Officer, Endeavour Multi Academy Trust

Alex has given invaluable support and guidance during the development of the Trust and throughout the very early days of operation...

Mr David Teggin, Trustee, Concordia Multi-Academy Trust

Just to say thanks again now all the formalities are finished from Grasmere’s accounts and audit. We were very...

Helen M Jones, Chief Executive, North Tyneside Academy Foundation