Strategic reviews

Strategic reviews

With growing pressures on school finances some schools are carrying out fundamental reviews of their strategy, with no options ruled in or out. Schools carrying out such reviews often examine major internal changes e.g. becoming co-educational in the sixth form or across the whole school or stopping boarding. Even more radical options are merger, closure or converting to academy status. Successful schools are also looking closely at strategy with a changing UK and international market. Such schools often examine overseas franchises, a UK based international school, supporting an academy, becoming coeducational or opening a junior school. However governors often want an independent view of their proposals.

Baines Cutler has a wealth of knowledge of major schools and school strategy. Tim Baines has been the leading school’s audit partner in the UK over the last 10 years and has acted for schools of all sizes and types, including many of the UK’s very top schools. He has worked with schools opening international franchises and UK international schools as well as overseeing schools becoming coeducational or opening or closing activities. In addition to his experience our financial benchmarking surveys can give governors the hard data with which to benchmark their plans.

In working with our clients on considering or validating their strategies we draw on our benchmarking data going back 20 years as well as our extensive experience of working with all types and sizes of school. We can often introduce clients to other schools which have carried out the same strategic changes and we can also model the financial effects of those changes using our business planning tools. We then work with schools to develop action plans and help them to move to decisions. If you would like to find out more about our services or discuss your requirements please Contact Tim with your issues.

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