Leading auditors and advisers to the education sector

We have been working with the education sector for over 30 years’ and are one of the leading firms auditing and advising the sector. We are regularly recognised for our work in the education sector and have been awarded numerous accolades such as the award for:

  • Large Innovation Firm of the Year at the British Accountancy Awards for our product KS Cohere. One of the unique products designed by our Digital Transformation team
  • Responsible Workplace of the Year at the West London Business Awards
  • Top firm for overall service in the latest Charity Finance Audit Survey, out of the leading top 10 charity specialist firms in England – an accolade we have now attained for the last seven years in a row.

Our Education Sector Group work with over 200 organisations, with a focus on:

  • Independent schools
  • Academies and multi-academy trusts
  • Oxford colleges
  • Large international commercial groups

We are very involved with the main education sector groups and regulators for independent schools. These include the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association, Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference, Girls Schools Association and AGBIS; and we are on the executive committee of the Charity Law Association.

For Academies, we sit on the Education and Skills Funding auditor liaison group and regularly participate in forums and working parties; we sit on the ICAEW’s charity technical panel and chair the ICAEW annual academies conference.

Alongside our experience as education auditors and advisers, these relationships enable us to stay ahead of emerging issues and offer our clients advice on a wide range of topics. We regularly keep our clients up to date through our specialist hubs and through our newsletters Education Matters and Academies Plus (A+), expert insights, and webinars as well as speaking at a number of external events. Our annual conference for schools with expert speakers on current topics has become a firm fixture in the annual schools calendar.

Our wide range of value-added services to our education sector clients are designed to help them continually improve the efficiency of their organisation and take advantage of new opportunities. These include:

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Lead Contact

Anjali Kothari

Partner - Head of Education
+44 (0)20 7566 3656
Email: Anjali Kothari


Auditors and advisers to the academies sector

The academy sector has evolved rapidly over the last few years and with academies having independence and overall control means more responsibility and ultimately more challenges – especially for growing multi-academy trusts.

With over 20 years’ experience and one of the leading audit and advisory firms in the education sector, we know the challenges for academy finance staff are considerable. Financial pressures are coupled with lower levels of resource and higher levels of regulation, compliance and reporting – particularly with regard to government regulations. Trustees continue to grapple with and continue to evolve their own Governance and understanding of best practice.

“Moore Kingston Smith have consistently provided us with an excellent all-round service. Their team are very well versed in the academy sector, and we benefit from their specialist knowledge, as well as the breadth of service they are able to offer us. We have always been pleased with the partnership approach they bring to our relationship, and we value their input and advice on our financial operations, and their counsel on the wider MAT strategy.”
The Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust

How can we help you?

As trusted auditors and advisers to our academy clients, we deliver high quality audit, assurance and compliance services which are efficient and effective.

Our partner-led structure means that you have direct access to an expert in governance and strategic issues, with an approach that is designed to help you meet your responsibilities.

We provide academy sector updates and resources for our clients through newsletters and e-alerts written by our experts, alongside a range of seminars throughout the year at all our offices on a wide range of topics, from HR to Governance, and our annual schools conference in March of each year focuses on the current issues facing the sector.

Above all, we recognise that every organisation is different and have their own specific needs; this allows us to create tailor-made and practical solutions in line with your requirements.

Our services to academies:

  • Audit and accounts
  • Internal Reviews and Internal Audit
  • Tax and VAT
  • Governance
  • Strategy
  • Benchmarking*
  • Financial system reviews
  • HR
  • GDPR and Cyber security
  • Impact reporting
  • Property
  • Outsourcing
  • Payroll
  • Forensics

*Our benchmark reporting tool provides valuable information about your organisation and allows us and you to better understand where you sit in comparison to others. If you would like a report, please contact us.