Internal audit services

The internal audit service provides independent and objective assurance on the operation and effectiveness of the school’s financial controls in accordance with the requirements of the academies financial handbook. It also provides advice on internal control, risk and governance issues as well as internal fraud investigation services.

Our internal audit service consists of either a health check financial control review or a full audit programme. The full audit programme includes all of the following: 


  • scheme of delegation
  • governor meetings
  • financial performance monitoring
  • staff skills
  • qualification
  • returns to DfE 

Financial control

  • finance policy
  • fraud risks
  • control account reconciliation 


  • post income
  • storage and banking
  • reconciliation
  • returns to HMRC
  • legacy income
  • tainted charity donations
  • trading income 

Purchases and payments

  • payments authorisation
  • cheque payments
  • debit
  • charge cards
  • bank direct payments
  • grant payments/petty cash 

Salaries and expenses

  • procedures and controls 
  • expenses 


  • bank account controls 

Contracts and tendering

  • tendering procedures 

Asset management

  • procedures, policies and controls 

Investment management

  • procedures, policies and controls 

Risk management

  • strategy
  • registers
  • business continuity
  • insurance 

Information management

  • procedures
  • polices and controls 

The health check service consists of some but not all of the above content. See a direct comparison of the 2 levels of service.

For further information contact Nigel Stannard by email or phone 01202 633123 or Simon Milne by email or phone 01202 633122.

Page last updated: 05 April 2019
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