Support to Academy Sponsors

Are you sponsoring a school, growing your multi-Academy Trust or recently been approved as an Academy sponsor?

Setting up Academies and Free Schools can be a major undertaking. Academy status brings with it significant independence and opportunity, but it also brings a range of challenges.

The time and budget constraints of establishing a school requires a ‘right first time’ approach, whilst ensuring that the reputation of your organisation is enhanced and that the right mechanisms are put in place to deliver an outstanding education for your students.

Why Choose EBM’s Academy Sponsor Support Services?

Whether you are experiencing the process for the first time, or you are looking for on-going support as your organisation grows and develops; we offer a complete range of services and support, at every stage of your Academy, Free School, University Technical College, or Studio School journey.

EBM has access to a dedicated team of professionals who have an in-depth knowledge of the Academy and Free School sector and who provide project management and specialist support where it is needed most.

Our services include:

  • Comprehensive project management which can be tailored to meet your precise needs and budget
  • Experienced, PRINCE2 qualified, project managers who work seamlessly with your team providing both strategic and hands-on project management support, as required
  • Specialist financial and business support to your school’s business manager from qualified accountants who have extensive academy finance experience
  • Support to your senior leadership with regards to strategic planning and growth, education planning, curriculum development, student assessment, admissions, policies, staff recruitment, legal (e.g. Land and Buildings and Funding Agreement), governance, specialist marketing and consultation support.

Post opening, we provide a package of support across a national network; working with local teams offering audit, accountancy services, tax, HR Payroll, ICT and Facilities Management services.

As your organisation grows, we offer strategic organisational development guidance to facilitate an expansion model that establishes outstanding educational delivery where you are in control.

Why choose EBM?

EBM, as result of our teams’ significant experience and previous working links with PKF and BDO, is one of the UK’s leading groups of advisers to the education sector.

EBM has well developed links with the DfE in relation to MATs, Academies and Free Schools.

Our dedicated education consultants have a successful track record of delivering more than 200 Academies and Free Schools, many of them of a complex nature in short timescales. This has led to us becoming the team of choice for a number of multi-sponsor organisations throughout the country.

We have access to local teams in over 20 offices nationwide and currently provide on-going support to a range of Academies, Free Schools, Multi Academy Trusts and Diocese.

Our aim is to provide service excellence combined with affordability.