School mergers

School mergers

The number of school mergers in the UK is growing. Pressures on school finances mean that some schools are keen to find merger partners. Other schools and educational groups are keen to grow their networks and to find merger schools. But which schools would make suitable partners and will the newly merged school be successful? Whether it’s identifying potential merger partners or governors wanting someone to give an independent but informed view of their plans there is a role for an outside advisor.

Baines Cutler has a wealth of knowledge of school mergers. Tim Baines has been the leading school’s audit partner in the UK over the last 10 years and he has acted on both sides of many school mergers, for schools of all sizes and types and across the UK. Our financial benchmarking survey gives us the best database anywhere on the finances of UK schools and allows us both to highlight potential mergers partners and validate financial merger plans.

In working with our clients in looking at mergers we then draw on our benchmarking data going back 20 years and also our extensive experience of working on both sides of previous mergers, highlighting opportunities, best practice and potential pitfalls. We can often introduce clients to other schools which have been through mergers and we can model the financial effects using our business planning tools. We can also carry out the due diligence work alongside other specialists. We then help you develop action plans and move to decisions. If you would like to find out more about our services or discuss your requirements please Contact Tim with your issues.

Baines Cutler – the first place for schools to look for information and solutions