Want to acquire Academy Status?

Whether you are considering becoming an Academy, have already gained Academy Status or are remaining in the Local Authority Structure, we have the range of services and experience to support you.

We can help guide you through the conversion to an Academy and beyond

An Academy school is different to operating under the control of a Local Authority.

Direct funding brings new challenges and responsibilities that schools must consider.

Effective financial management and preparation of budgets is key in showing the viability of an Academy and in managing it successfully going forward. We are Academy accountants who can help you at each stage.

We are a firm of Chartered Accountants and Tax Experts in Sussex who can guide Head Teachers, Governors and Finance Executives through the Academy conversion process and provide ongoing support. We have an Education Team drawn from qualified staff who have worked as Finance Executives in Education.

We understand where you are because we have been there.

We help Schools and Academies in SussexHampshireKent and Surrey.

Services we offer Academy schools

Experience and technical understanding 

We have qualified staff that have worked in schools and taken them through the process of being released from Local Authority control. We have implemented and tested the financial controls and procedures from inside the organization as part of the organization. We know how it feels because we have been there with you.


We provide telephone, email and remote access support for Responsible Officers and Finance Teams. We provide these services for fees agreed in advance, so there are no hidden fees with our pricing and we will help you at each step of your conversion.

As far as we can, we avoid jargon so you will understand what is happening.

Value for money

We build a solution based on individually on the needs of your school.

Our Services include:

  • Financial systems and controls
  • Auditing an Academy school
  • Assisting or acting as your Responsible Officer
  • Preparation of your annual financial statements to DfES requirements
  • Preparation of your accounts, budgets and cashflow forecasts
  • Recommendations for suitable or more effective accounting software
  • VAT and taxation advice
  • Payroll solutions for Academy schools
  •  Legal and company secretarial assistance 


To arrange a free, no obligation consultation, contact Peter Hill at Dominic Hill Accountants today.