Academy Internal Controls

The Academies Financial Handbook specifies that academy trusts must have in place a programme of checking financial controls. The Internal Controls Evaluation (ICE) service we provide supports the Board of Trustees, Audit Committees or other committees with delegated audit responsibility in complying with this requirement.

Our multi academy trust / academy ICE service comprises of on-site visits throughout the year from our fully trained professional Review Consultants to evaluate compliance with requirements specified in the Academies Financial Handbook, including testing the adequacy of internal financial controls via sampling transactions and questioning.

Following the visit the multi academy trust / academy will receive a formal report detailing recommendations to strengthen controls and ensure compliance with regulations for the Board of Trustees / Audit Committee to review and take appropriate action if required.

Our standard programme of work comprises three on site visits, arranged in advance to ensure key staff are available and reports are delivered prior to Board of Trustee / Audit / Finance Committee meetings.

We also offer a flexible bespoke service, tailoring our programme of work to meet the needs of your multi academy trust / constituent academies / single academy trust. Please contact us either by phone or email using the details below to discuss our bespoke service.

"Another awesome round of intelligent advice"  Beacon Hill Post 16, Thurrock, May 2018

“I feel we are a working partnership in maintaining high standards for public scrutiny.Our Lady Immaculate Primary Academy, Chelmsford, May 2018

"Helpful & informative visit. tailored service to fit our MAT requirements which is exactly what we need. Thank you." South Essex Academy Trust


Please contact our advice line on 033301 39832 or email support.efs@EESforschools.org for further help or assistance.

A copy of our SLA is available to customers on request.


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