School Business Management

School Finance

Our team have vast knowledge and expertise of the education funding landscape to support all your school finance needs.

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Why choose One Education for School Finance

Our experienced team of School Finance Officers and School Business Managers have the financial expertise needed to give Senior Leadership Teams the knowledge, reassurance and confidence that their school finances are on track.

I have worked with One Education Finance in two schools. Their support has been invaluable, supporting me in my role as business manager and providing excellent bursary support when needed.

Sarah Nicholls, School Business Manager
Oswald Road Primary School

It’s felt like a weight lifted working alongside professionals with a wealth of financial knowledge and understanding with both academies and maintained schools.

Danielle Coxon, School Business Manager
Poplar Street Primary School

Cheetwood Community Primary School has used the School Business Manager model from One Education for financial support for a number of years. The finance officer, who is a valued member of the school team, works at the school for just two days per week. This very cost effective approach offers us a bespoke high quality service which I know I couldn’t manage the budget without!

Barbara Oxten, Headteacher
Cheetwood Community Primary School

One Education Finance have been our chosen supplier for many years now and I can highly recommend the professional, quality service that they provide to support schools to achieve good financial practice & procedures even with budgets as complex as ours. A designated budget officer for the Federation enables us to achieve a consistent and standardised approach to the management of the schools budgets.

Angela O'Brien, Federation Business Manager
Manchester federation of ESBD Schools

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School Finance Overview

Effective school finance and business management can lead to improved school efficiency, quality teaching and broader educational opportunities for your pupils. Making sure your pupils receive the highest quality of education. The constant changes in the education funding landscape, at both local and national government level, add to the complex financial decisions that schools have to make.

School Finance Budget Support

Absence and Transition Support

School Business Manager Support

Finance Admin Support

Finance Staff Training

School Finance


We provide an extensive range of services for schools and academies. These can be tailored to your requirements and we can provide a bespoke package incorporating one or more services.

School Finance Budget Support

We specialise in school finance including budgeting, forecasting, strategic advice, benchmarking and school fund audits. Trained in HCSS, FMS6 and PS Financials, our team has extensive knowledge and experience of all aspects of school finance. With an understanding that every school is different, our support is delivered through a variety of service agreements which are designed to meet your school’s individual needs.

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Absence and Transition Support

The School Business Manager is an integral role to the successful management of schools, allowing Head teachers to focus on teaching and learning. Our School Finance team offer business manager and financial administration. We provide absence cover and transition assistance during staff changes, organising bespoke support and detailed handovers to maintain the smooth running of your school.

  • Business manager and financial support
  • Absence cover and transition
  • Bespoke support and detailed handovers

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School Business Manager Support

  • Budget management
  • Staffing issues
  • Health and safety issues
  • Asset management including premises
  • All aspects of financial administration

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Financial Administration Support

  • Order and invoice processing
  • Payment runs
  • Bank reconciliation
  • Petty cash reconciliation
  • Recording and reconciliation of other income

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Finance Staff Training

Our team has extensive knowledge and comprehensive experience of all aspects of school and academy finance and are able to provide full on-site training for all staff involved in the management of your school. Including:

  • A variety of financial management systems
  • Budget planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting
  • Strategic understanding of all aspects of school finance
  • Bespoke training packages to support staff development

We also offer a range of off-site courses which give practical hands-on training, enabling individuals to network with other school based staff in a friendly and supportive learning environment.

  • FMS6 User
  • FMS6 Advanced User
  • HCSS Budgeting
  • FMS6 Charge Card
  • FMS6 Accounts Receivable
  • Nuts and Bolts of School Business Management (accredited by NASBM)

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Academy Conversion and Support

Academy Conversion and Support

Our services include advice and academy finance support for converting from a maintained school to academy.

In addition to the variety of support packages available, the school finance team can also provide ad-hoc support through attendance at governor/finance meetings, attendance on interview panels for finance vacancies and provide assistance with funding bid provisions.

Preparation of Documentation

Assistance with preparation of financial data for submittal to EFA as part of application process

Consultation with LA and/or School Finance Staff regarding the preliminary close down of maintained school accounts

Liaising with Local Authority regarding the final close down of maintained school accounts

Closing Down of Maintained School Accounts

Preliminary close down of maintained school accounts

Final close down of maintained schools accounts

Academy Chart of Accounts Structure: Assistance with setting up of new academy accounts (following accounting software installation and set-up)

New Budget Planning and Forecast Returns to EFA

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We pride ourselves in putting children first and delivering exceptional services at affordable prices to schools. Here are some additional benefits of working with One Education.

Interim and permanent business manager service

Comprehensive finance support

HCSS, FMS6 and PS Financials trained

Very competitive rates

26 January 2021

FMS6 BACs User Briefing

For all finance and administrative staff, our FMS6 BACs User Briefing can help you get to grips with BACs payment processes via a comprehensive step-by-step guide and supported by experienced professionals.

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Training courses

Training courses & Conferences

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FMS6 BACs User Briefing - 26 January 2021

Is your school thinking about changing to BACs payments within your FMS finance system. The change can be a complex task for busy schools. With One Education BACs set up training you can learn how to apply this in your school.

Training Course

FMS6 User Training - 04 February 2021

Training and developing finance staff can be a complex task for busy schools. With One Education FMS6 User Training, individuals can get to grips with the day to day financial administration.

Training Course

FMS6 Advanced User Training - 25 February 2021

Staying on top of your finances can be a complex task for busy schools. With One Education FMS6 advanced user training you can get to grips with your day to day financial management.

Training Course

School Finance Spring Event - 26 February 2021

This termly briefing provides the latest updates from the School Finance Team, as well as appropriate presentations from the Local Authority and our other services to help support you in your role.

Training Course

HCSS Budgeting User Training - 18 March 2021

Staying on top of your finances can be a complex task for busy schools. With One Education HCSS Budgeting User Training you can get to grips with your school's budget management.

Meet The Team

Team Leader

Petra Pratt

Petra has extensive experience and knowledge of all aspects of education finance in primary, secondary, special and independent schools. She holds a Certificate in Financing Reporting for Academies and has expert knowledge of FMS6, SIMS and HCSS software packages.

Budget Support Officer

Ian Clark

Ian has over 30 years’ experience in finance, the last 16 years in the education sector. Ian has worked with One Education since 2014 and has a National Diploma in Business Studies, a Degree in Management and is a part qualified accountant.

Budget Support Officer

Vikki Holt

Vikki has supported schools in a range of roles from budget officer to service manager. She has extensive knowledge of FMS6 and SIMS software and holds a Certificate in School Business Management as well as Level 3 in Association of Accounting Technicians qualification.

Budget Support Officer

Kathryn Walton

Kathryn has over 13 years’ experience carrying out various roles within School Finance including School Finance Support Officer for Tameside MBC and as a Finance Officer in a secondary school under Oldham MBC. Kathryn is AAT qualified and has excellent knowledge of FMS6, SIMS and HCSS software packages.

Budget Support Officer

Kelly Greenstreet

Kelly worked for both Devon and Tameside as a School Finance Officer. She is AAT and CIMA qualified and also holds a Certificate in School Business Management together with a Certificate in Financial Reporting for Academies, with expert knowledge of FMS6, SIMS and Access Education Budgeting software.

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