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Our experienced academies team has a well established reputation of working in partnership with academies at a time of considerable change in the education sector.

Being an academy means greater autonomy and financial control for school management teams, allowing you greater freedom to get on with your job. However, it is a challenging and evolving environment in which to manage.

Our job is to support you in meeting these challenges head on.

Choose Duncan & Toplis as your trusted partner.


We know that the decision whether to register with HMRC for VAT is an important one, even if an academy is above the registration threshold. Either way, due to partial exemption rules, VAT registration could produce a more tax-efficient result than submitting periodic claims.

Charitable objects

To ensure income-generating activities such as allowing the local community to use your sports facilities are treated as charitable, and therefore tax-exempt, academies may need to have their articles updated so that this type of activity falls within your academy’s charitable objects.


Many academies have significant and increasing cash balances, but their pension deficits from splitting away from local government have also continued to rise. A thorough analysis of an academy’s finances can reveal better ways to increase efficiencies and make savings.

Our insights will help you choose the best way forward

With nationwide experience across the education and charity sectors with primary, secondary, and Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) of various sizes, we are among the UK’s leading firms of accountants and auditors to the academies sector.

We always endeavour to act not only as accountants but also as trusted business advisers who provide direction that gets results and gives you greater strength.

Kreston Global

We are founder members of the Kreston Academies Group which comprises academy specialists from the UK members of our international network, Kreston Global. The group advises over 300 academies and shares experiences and expertise that will benefit you as a client.

Download the Kreston Academies Benchmark Report 2024, this will give you a more detailed understanding of your academy’s financial performance by comparing it with those of a similar size and structure.

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