Our forté is working with leadership teams. Where we blend commercial acumen with in-depth knowledge of the education sector. All to help you thrive.

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The people in our team all have cross-sector experience. But they have chosen to specialise in working with education providers. And for some, it is a choice that goes back thirty years.

With this level of experience and commitment, we are primed and ready to provide you with an extensive range of specialist accountancy and audit services:

  • Audit and year-end accounts preparation
  • Internal audit – design of control procedures and internal audit reviews
  • Tax – VAT, Corporation Tax, PAYE and National Insurance
  • Governance reviews and strategic planning
  • Accounting systems and management reporting
  • Human Resources – recruitment, selection and advice on ad hoc matters
  • Outsourced services, including payroll and cloud-based accounting solutions
  • Due diligence reviews and merger advice
  • Sub-contracting reviews
  • EFA financial health checks
  • ESFA funding advice
  • Advice on trading subsidiaries


Taking on academy status is a difficult and complex process – and we understand the enormous pressure it heaps on head teachers, governors and leadership teams.

At Alliotts, we advised one of the very first schools to convert to an academy. Since then, we have worked with individual academies, multi-academy trusts and academy groups. Each time, we have been there to guide and reassure throughout the process, then provide valuable ongoing assistance once they are up and running.

Further Education colleges

We have worked with FE colleges for decades. Always working hard to provide crucial support and intelligent advice around audit, accounting and strategic services.

We understand the challenges you are grappling with right now, especially with funding. Our team of accountants, tax specialists and business advisors is led by an expert who is a working group member of a funding body.

What does that mean for you? It means we are extremely well-placed to help you demonstrate efficiency and compliance. And secure the levels of funding you need and deserve.

Alliotts was one of the top ten firms nationally delivering external audit services to Further Education Sector in 2022.  This is based on the FY22 sector benchmarking data published by the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency).

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For specialist advice from our education team please contact us

    Steve Meredith | Alliotts



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    As well as providing audit and advisory services to the education sector, Steve has used his commercial experience to help with fundraising and tax/VAT planning for the larger school and academy groupings.

    Steve has also presented at sector events, provided round table discussion opportunities, led workshops on topical issues and delivered governor training.


    “We are very happy with the service we have received from Alliotts accountants. As our internal auditors, their team do a thorough and professional job ensuring that all deadlines are met. If I have issues during the year, I know that I can pick up the phone directly to the Partner at Alliotts and ask for advice. I would recommend Alliotts to other Academies looking for quality, professional financial support.”

    Pallavi Shah, Chief Accountant,
    Alec Reed Academy, Northolt

    Chris Mantel | Alliotts



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    Chris has many years’ experience advising privately owned and public sector organisations.

    Chris provides ad-hoc advice alongside more traditional compliance audit, accountancy and tax services to clients ranging from owner managed business to UK subsidiaries through to international groups across a wide range of sectors, including property, media and leisure and hospitality.

    With a keen interest in education Chris has worked with further education colleges since they incorporated in 1993 and latterly with academies and universities. He has worked with sector funding bodies as a member of their working groups as well as speaking at local and national events.




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    Sam has been involved in the Education sector for a number of years working with academies, university colleges and independent schools. She audits a large and diverse portfolio of education clients ensuring they receive excellent client service.