Internal audit

What do we do?

Our aim is to provide assurance to school leaders, East Sussex County Council and the public that there is adequate financial management and governance in schools. We provide a professional, objective and independent service and can provide your school with support for both financial and non-financial matters. We will help you identify risks and develop a control environment that reduces the impact of these risks to your school. Further information can be found in our:

School Audit Strategy for 2017-18

We will:

  • Carry out routine school audits. All maintained schools are reviewed on a rolling programme depending on the last audit visit and opinion but may be prioritised using a number of other risk factors such as the financial position of the school. You may be contacted by a company called Mazars who are working with us to complete school audits.
  • Carry out themed audits of high risk processes, based on a sample of maintained schools.
  • Provide ad-hoc advice on risk management, control and governance processes.

Traded services

The rolling programme detailed above forms part of our statutory responsibilities and this work is not chargeable. However, there is capacity to commission additional work, such as a bespoke audit, a controls based healthcheck or a grant claim audit and sign-off. 

We also offer a range of high quality audit and assurance services for academies which can be tailored to meet the needs of the individual academy and trust. 

For more information of what we can offer or details of how to get in touch please click on the Web Shop - Traded Services link on the right-hand side of the page under related information.

Useful documents

Schools Audit Brochure

Internal Audit Services for Academies

Helpful Hints

Internal Control

Standards of conduct in schools

Avoiding fraud

Template Contract Register

Whistleblowing Policy - Raising Concerns

Fraud - School Governors

Anti Fraud and Corruption Strategy