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Audit services are staffed by highly qualified and experienced auditors drawn from a wide variety of professional backgrounds embracing both the public and private sectors.

We aim to ensure that effective governance and control systems are in operation. It is our duty to provide independent assurance on the continued adequacy and effectiveness of these and to assess compliance against the government’s Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) framework.

It is important to note that, although the preparation of the SFVS return may be undertaken by a sub-committee, for example finance, the final submission and all supporting papers must be considered and discussed at a meeting of the full governing body. Once the school’s SFVS return has been approved, this must be signed by the chair of governors.

When the school’s SFVS return has been completed, approved and signed by the chair of governors, please ensure that a copy is provided to Suzanne Kiernan, email: or post to:

Suzanne Kiernan
Audit Services
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall
DE4 3AH.

The service is available for all maintained nursery, infant, junior, primary special schools, secondary schools and academies. 

What we offer

Internal audit is a statutory service which we provide to all maintained schools. We can also provide these additional services:

  • Compliance reviews, including HM Revenue and Customs, information security assessments and network security assessments. We are also able to offer a bespoke service to academies.
  • Information security assessments. We assess compliance against ISO standards and ensure controls are in place to ensure confidentiality and safe storage of sensitive information.
  • Network security assessments. We assess IT networks, identifying potential vulnerabilities and advise on improvements to ensure security of data.

We are also able to offer a full service to academies which includes the preparation of audit plans and attendance at meetings, review of the governance framework and systems of internal control, production of reports, contract auditing and specialist IT reviews and advice.

Choose us

Our auditors are highly qualified and experienced, drawn from a wide variety of professional backgrounds embracing both public and private sectors.

We are ideally placed to be able to offer value for money reviews or operational audits. This is particularly relevant when there is ever increasing pressure from severe financial constraints.

All audit work is carried out in accordance with best practice requirements embodied within the public sector internal audit standards.


The cost of the statutory audit package for schools is met from central budgets.

The cost of additional service provision is based on a day rate. Bespoke services for academies are based on a day rate and our day rates start at £250 as appropriate for the skills level and staff required.

For further information please contact Dan Ashcroft, email: or tel: 01629 538823.

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