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Testimonials

Here's what some of our clients have to say about us

Paul Jones, Plymouth CAST

Paul Jones, Plymouth CAST

“Bishop Fleming have been the auditors for Plymouth CAST since our first set of statutory accounts in 2014. They have a complete understanding of the regulatory requirements for the education sector and we have never received any queries from the EFA, nor missed a submission deadline.  They have  always taken a close interest in the development and success of our MAT and have helped us enormously, not just in the production of compliant accounts but also in respect of the rudiments of governance, accountability and risk.  Importantly for me, the audit team work both conscientiously and compassionately with the staff in the Support Office, as well as our constituent schools.  As they are aware of the ever-changing challenges faced by multi academy trusts, there is also the added value of hosted seminars and eBulletins to keep you and your colleagues abreast of the changing landscape of the sector.  I would personally recommend Bishop Fleming and enjoy working with them.”

Julia Anwar, The Olympus Academy Trust

Julia Anwar, The Olympus Academy Trust

“We moved our payroll to Bishop Fleming on the day we became a single academy trust on 1st January 2012 and have been with them ever since. It was one of the best decisions we made.  Since then we have grown into a multi-academy trust with 8 schools including secondary and primary schools and have had a smooth transition for each set of schools that have joined us. We have worked closely with Bishop Fleming to create a payroll process that works smoothly for both organisations. The staff at Bishop Fleming are helpful, knowledgeable and flexible and provide an excellent service not only for payroll but with pension returns and end of year data.”

Paul Smith, Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust

Paul Smith, Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust

“Bishop Fleming have been chosen payroll provider since inception of our multi-academy trust and have expertly and efficiently dealt with growth in our of number of academies and staff. We have forged effective and ongoing working relationships with staff at Bishop Fleming who themselves have developed a depth of knowledge of our trust’s structures and been able to advise accordingly. Their helpful assistance in our payroll-related projects and initiatives has helped the trust get to where it is today.”

James Couchman, Sheldon School

James Couchman, Sheldon School

“The seminar I attended in February 2017 was excellent and their Annual Benchmarking Report including 30 KPI’s of over 600 academies is very useful for presenting to Governors.”

Martin Doidge, Cirencester Deer Park school

Martin Doidge, Cirencester Deer Park school

“We moved our audit and ancillary services work across to Bishop Fleming following a competitive tendering process 2 years ago. I have been very impressed by their professional approach to our audits, their sector knowledge and their ability to provide sound advice on a wide variety of finance and general school governance issues. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to other academy trusts.”

 

John Mannix, Plymouth CAST

John Mannix, Plymouth CAST

“Bishop Fleming’s services to Plymouth CAST have been exemplary. The partner and the team maintain a very proactive and supportive approach on the fundamental issues that matter to a MAT: governance, accountability, risk and control. Excellent value indeed.”

 

Lynda Watkins, Webheath Academy Primary School

Lynda Watkins, Webheath Academy Primary School

“This is a very much improved service to our last Accountancy firm and one that I would include, as well as the excellent support and service, when recommending you to other academies.”

Richard Watson, University of St Mark & St John

Richard Watson, University of St Mark & St John

“The tender process was managed by representatives from the University audit committee. The feedback regarding the Bishop Fleming documents and presentation was that they had a clear grasp of the challenges and opportunities that exist within higher education and had obviously spent a great deal of time fully understanding how the strategy of the University of St Mark and St John would address those areas. On top of this, they were imaginative in how they as a firm sought to support achieving those objectives.”

Liz Lewis, Griffin Schools Trust

Liz Lewis, Griffin Schools Trust

“Bishop Fleming’s training is clear, highly developmental and perfectly pitched for all staff levels and roles in our MAT. The AO the FD  and the Board all benefit hugely from BF’s training programme. It is an ongoing and very worthwhile investment “.

Jane Clements, Combe Pafford

Jane Clements, Combe Pafford

“I just needed to tell you how fantastic the Bishop Fleming seminars are! I attended the latest one with our new Finance Governor and he, like us, was totally impressed with the content and quality of the information he was given. Compared to other education funding conferences that I have attended recently, I learnt far more from your seminar, and enjoyed it far more too!”

Richard Clarke, Plymouth School of Creative Arts

Richard Clarke, Plymouth School of Creative Arts

“Bishop Fleming has guided our free school through its opening phase and first year end. They have provided workable solutions to all our accounting issues and have given us support at board level to ensure we are complying with all the regulatory requirements of the academy sector. Their level of knowledge and expertise is evident as they are always able to answer our queries. They have also been proactive with their advice to ensure we do not miss any deadlines. I would fully recommend them to any new or existing Academy”.

Kim Lim, Griffin Schools Trust

Kim Lim, Griffin Schools Trust

“Bishop Fleming provided training to our finance team and school business managers when they were appointed as our auditors in 2014. Their training covered general sector information on accounting and regularity, including the Academies Financial Handbook. It also covered specific training for our multi academy trust which included Civica software. Their knowledge of the sector is invaluable and they have continued to provide regular sector updates to both our finance team and our trust board”.

John Mitchell, Pool Academy

John Mitchell, Pool Academy

“From day we decided to convert and started speaking to various accountants there was only ever one choice.  Bishop Fleming were the only firm who really understood this new market and were able to give us sound technical advice.  In the last two years they have continued to support us, are always at the end of a ‘phone ready to provide friendly guidance and have even made the audit relatively pain free!”

Linda Stuart, Hardenhuish School

Linda Stuart, Hardenhuish School

“As one of the first schools in the country to adopt Academy status, Hardenhuish School was anxious to appoint accountants and auditors to guide us competently and efficiently through our first end of year process and audit. We consider that we have made an excellent choice in Bishop Fleming. Their team of staff were very supportive in that first year and have continued to be so in subsequent years. They have always been very professional in their approach and answered any queries promptly and efficiently. Nothing is too much trouble and they always ‘go the extra mile’ to assist us.”

Jane Nicholls, Malmesbury School

Jane Nicholls, Malmesbury School

“As a convertor Academy, Bishop Fleming provided invaluable advice and guidance, helping to ensure the financial systems we needed were in place and explaining the new financial processes to the governing body. They provide an excellent service and continue to provide support and assistance to the school.”

Elaine Wilkins, Hanley Castle High School

Elaine Wilkins, Hanley Castle High School

“We have used Bishop Fleming as our auditors since converting as an Academy in July 2011 and they offer a professional invaluable and friendly service at a competitive price.They have a strong working knowledge of the academy sector and always provide quality support and timely advice when needed.I would not hesitate to recommend them to other academies.”

Georgina Spirrell, Bath & Wells Multi Academy Trust

Georgina Spirrell, Bath & Wells Multi Academy Trust

“We have worked with Bishop Fleming to assist us with the set up of the Multi Academy Trust. Their initial support in gathering relevant data to assist in our set up, along with the availability and technical expertise to speedily respond to an array of questions throughout our initial 6 months of operations has been essential in supporting us through this period.  Their assistance and support has been invaluable in what has been a new field for us all.”

Helen Giles, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School

Helen Giles, St Patrick

“Bishop Fleming provide an excellent service, no question is ever too silly or too small. Their staff are friendly and the audit manager is excellent.”

Lin Howcroft, Churchfields Academy

Lin Howcroft, Churchfields Academy

“Churchfields Academy has built up a good working relationship with Bishop Fleming since becoming an Academy in September 2011. We find the staff approachable, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. They provide an excellent service and ensure that we meet all the recommended deadlines required by the EFA. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to other Academies.”

Karen Arnott, Christopher Whitehead Language College

Karen Arnott, Christopher Whitehead Language College

“We appointed Bishop Fleming as our accountants and auditors following our conversion to Academy status in July 2011. Throughout our first year as an independent school we have received expert guidance and advice always delivered in a professional, friendly and approachable manner. As a school which was previously local authority maintained their support has been invaluable. We now class them as trusted advisors. They are always available to answer any query, however small. We feel our business really does matter to them. They are competitively priced and deliver excellent value for money.”

Linda Summers, Robinswood Primary School

Linda Summers, Robinswood Primary School

“Being one of the early converters, Robinswood Primary School is nearing its third audit with Bishop Fleming. We have always found them to be extremely approachable, helpful and a pleasure to work with. Their newsletters are very informative with up to date communication of any DFE/EFA announcements, etc. Robinswood has now become a multi academy trust incorporating Waterwells Primary Academy and we have no doubt that Bishop Fleming are the best auditors to take us through our next academic year and beyond.”

Graham Newbery, Broadclyst Primary School

Graham Newbery, Broadclyst Primary School

“Since converting to an academy three years ago, we have always found Bishop Fleming to be very supportive and accommodating. We are a school that becomes involved in many varying projects – BF are always able to offer us accurate and timely advice regarding the best way forward. They also work very well with our legal advisors which gives us a very professional all-round support network.”

Jackie Benton-Smith, Falmouth School

Jackie Benton-Smith, Falmouth School

“Bishop Fleming have supported Falmouth School since conversion in August 2011. Their up-to-date knowledge of academies and timely advice have been invaluable. None better!”

Sue Gilbert, The Saints’ Way Church of England Multi Academy Trust

Sue Gilbert, The Saints

“Everyone we deal with at Bishop Fleming is extremely helpful and knowledgeable.  The quality of the advice and support for us as a new Multi Academy Trust managing the complexities of academy finance has been outstanding.”

Lindsey James, Coombe Dean School Academy

Lindsey James, Coombe Dean School Academy

“Coombe Dean School Academy Trust have been delighted with the support that we have received from Bishop Fleming both at the outset when we were setting up the academy and in all the subsequent dealings as the academy has become established.  In particular your staff have proved to be incredibly patient and helpful as we have established new procedures.  Your team have helped us navigate the ever changing requirements from the EFA and have efficiently prepared and submitted reports on time to extreme deadlines.  I am extremely grateful for the support that we have received and wholeheartedly recommend Bishop Fleming to any aspiring academy.”

Ben Brook, Newton Abbot College

Ben Brook, Newton Abbot College

“Bishop Fleming were a tremendous support during our conversion process; their specialist experience meant they were able to offer a very proactive service, steering us past the inevitable barriers and pitfalls. They felt like genuine partners throughout, no question was too small and advice was always solution focussed.”

Jonathan Bishop, Broadclyst Primary School

Jonathan Bishop, Broadclyst Primary School

“Prior to converting to an Academy we looked carefully at several different accountants and payroll providers. After the due diligence exercise we appointed Bishop Fleming to provide accountancy support in budget setting, software set up and training, management reporting, the production of accounts and to deliver the monthly payroll for the new Academy. They have offered a very comprehensive and competitive package of support and service level. They were much more cost effective than remaining with the Local Authority for our payroll and as a fully accredited BACS Bureau we have had complete confidence in their Payroll team to deliver an efficient and responsive payroll service. They have always responded to our needs quickly and have made the migration away from the Local Authority as smooth as possible. We use them to deliver Salary Sacrifice schemes such as Child Care vouchers for staff and they have supported us in managing the Teachers’ Pay Scales. I would recommend Bishop Fleming Payroll Services to any school considering the transition.”

Sarah Rupprecht, Elmlea Junior School

Sarah Rupprecht, Elmlea Junior School

“As one of the first schools in the primary sector to convert to academy status, we needed to research thoroughly the management of payroll. After meeting with a number of suppliers, we concluded that our appointed auditors, Bishop Fleming, were best placed to meet our needs. They demonstrated experience in the sector and were able to provide a clear plan of the transfer phase and support us through it. From the first month staff have been paid correctly and on time through Bishop Fleming’s BACS bureau. Proactive management of payroll is enabled through pre payroll reporting, so that any queries can be dealt with before pay day. We have found the staff at Bishop Fleming to be professional, friendly and reliable.”