We were asked to provide assistance to an academy in a neighbouring authority. They wanted interim support between their Business Manager leaving and the replacement taking up post.
Our Business Manager took on support, working with the academy’s own Finance Manager to ensure that all routine finance work continued to be properly completed. However, due to a change in circumstances the anticipated time for which assistance was required increased to cover a period of several months. This resulted in the scope of work expanding to include firstly the preparation of year end accounts and then of the budget for the following year.
In carrying out this work our Business Manager was able to identify areas of concern and to discuss his findings with the Head and the Governors and advising how the remedial action needed to improve the school’s financial management and its budget position could be taken.