Academy Schools Testimonials

Nick Watkiss, St Catherine’s Catholic School

“James and his team at HWB have been instrumental in our financial review and rapid improvements made over the past year. This service has been exceptional value for money and has enabled us to reduce waste and increase expenditure in other essential areas while other schools are having to cut costs across the board. I have no hesitation in recommending HWB for financial consultancy support.”.

Janice Finnimore, Eggar’s School

“In all their dealings with Eggar’s School, we have found HWB staff to be very professional, knowledgeable and approachable. They do an excellent job of keeping us informed as they are always at the end of the phone, host regular School Business Manager meetings, send out EFSA Bulletins and have set up a VAT web advice link (, which is very user friendly.

Our Governors have benefited from some first class financial training and our Finance Team found a bespoke VAT training session very advantageous. We would thoroughly recommend HWB Accountants to any existing Academy or to any school considering the transition to Academy Status”.

Tina Hooker, The Costello School

“In the 14 months since we converted to an Academy HWB have been with us all the way. Their support to us has been invaluable and their team are brilliant to work with.”

 Petra Isaacs, Thornden School

“When we converted to Academy status in May 2011, Alan Rolfe provided me with invaluable advice regarding the many differences between the VAT regulations for Local Authority schools and Academies. We have worked well together and his response to my queries has been timely and clear. The interpretation of VAT can differ amongst firms of Accountants and I am pleased to say that Alan Rolfe has taken an approach that meets the needs of Thornden School. I have found his advice regarding the de minimus ruling very helpful.”

 Karen Magill, Amery Hill School

“Alan Rolfe has assisted efficiently on any VAT queries, with clear and concise advice, especially with unusual aspects of VAT. i.e. Invoicing for Head Teacher secondment.”

 Jayne Henry, Freemantle Church of England Community Academy

“Alan Rolfe, as with all the staff from HWB, are always extremely friendly and helpful, and provide an excellent service.”

 Sue Carter, Bay House School & Sixth Form

“We have used HWB as our Auditors since January 2012 and couldn’t be happier with the service they have provided. There have been numerous occasions when we have required some help or advice regarding VAT matters and the three words that spring to mind are professional, friendly and enthusiastic! The responses have always been extremely timely, helpful and in a way which is easy to understand. We would certainly recommend HWB based on our experiences.”

 Clive Surry, Perins School

“Since our conversion to an Academy the advice Alan has provided has been invaluable in ensuring we meet the requirements set down by HMRC. His help was particularly useful when setting up the school’s Trading Subsidiary and in relation to our community lettings which resulted in a benefit to our customers and made us more appealing as a venue from a cost perspective. Alan understands the education sector and is always on hand to give sensible and practical advice.”

Debbie Rooke, Ludlow Junior School

“The team at HWB have made our transition to an Academy so much more bearable during our first year. Their service is always professional and we would have no reservations recommending them to our colleagues.”

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