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04/07/22

Retweeted From Kings College

Day 1 of the build of our incredible new garden with the team from . This is a great project and will create an important space for students for the years ahead. https://t.co/uu3OfORFvE

04/07/22

Beautiful evening on the beach just finished and Year 6 are about to get ready for bed! Bring on tomorrow! https://t.co/9i5eq7EJY0

04/07/22

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04/07/22

In today we learnt about the planets and became detectives to find out about each of them! We then used our Super 6 skill of Creativity and Perseverance to paint the planets...look at our colour blending skills! https://t.co/c4FzCIGahj

04/07/22

Year 6 have had a brilliant time at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight and are now about to head to the hotels before hitting the beach this evening! https://t.co/WwdSO5HmkN

04/07/22

As ever - an enormous thank you to a wonderful group of supporters! New families, do get in touch with the team if you’d like to join. https://t.co/JBYAroM7l0

04/07/22

Day 1 of the build of our incredible new garden with the team from . This is a great project and will create an important space for students for the years ahead. https://t.co/uu3OfORFvE

04/07/22

As part of our sustainability drive we are letting parts of our school grow wild to support biodiversity 🌱 https://t.co/LpnIGDfS1k

04/07/22

Following the return of Sports Day, we are delighted to share that the Sports Cup was awarded to Phoenix, while the overall House Cup went to Dragon. Congratulations to both teams and well done to everyone. https://t.co/bdF47CLvEK

02/07/22

End of term arrangements including sports afternoon, whole school celebration ' Summer Spectacular' and transition. https://t.co/wlc6rPmlRA

02/07/22

Poignant moment on the Ypres trip as Sam lays a wreath for his great great uncle, Private Carriett, aged just 20 https://t.co/S2ErPkTuCL

02/07/22

Retweeted From George Abbot PE Dept

Great to see (and lose to) a few students at the clandon park 5/10k this morning. Well done to all the runners, top effort on a tough course! 🏃🏾‍♀️🏃🏻⛰️🌲

02/07/22

And dancers…!!! https://t.co/vJ64d6mffk

02/07/22

Well done to all runners! 🏃🏿‍♂️ 🏃🏽‍♀️ https://t.co/qWMvjIhONs

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Using funds properly and efficiently

8th November 2021

We rightly comment a great deal in this bulletin on education scrutiny, whether peer-to-peer reviews, data analysis, external review or Ofsted inspection. Of course, these are not the only scrutiny that takes place in the trust, as our SBMs and finance teams will be very aware, especially at this time of year when we tend to be focussed on the annual External Audit.

For those who are not aware, the External Audit takes place each autumn, and is a legal requirement for all academy trusts. As a trust, we are transparent in publishing our accounts each year (which can be found on the trust website); the auditors perform a wide range of checks, including visits to schools, providing an opinion on whether or not our accounts have been properly prepared, and whether they give a ‘trust and fair view’ of our financial position. They also check a number of other areas, including our governance arrangements, to ensure that we are meeting legal expectations in how we run our schools. Why is this important? Firstly, for transparency. As we are all painfully aware, there have been a number of disappointing media stories relating to individuals in academy trusts using their positions for personal gain. We are committed to ensuring that we conduct ourselves ethically and ensure that public money is used for its intended purpose – for the education of children.

The audit checks, for example, for transactions that could be deemed to benefit individuals or companies related to the trust (which are called related party transactions) to provide assurance that funds are not being used inappropriately. Secondly, the audit can be a useful way of shining a light on our own understanding of our finance, making sure that it is realistic.

The reason that we track our finances is to ensure that we know how much money is available and can use this to achieve the best possible educational outcomes. Many corporate failures are caused by dubious accounting treatment aimed at making a company’s finances look better than they really are – sadly this often ends up with the difficult decisions to address problems not being made, and companies subsequently failing.

Just as it is important for us to be honest about our education data to allow us to identify areas where we can improve, it is essential that we are honest with ourselves about areas where our finances need attention.

My thanks go to all the finance teams across the trust, who will have been feeling the pressure as the audits take place. While a significant amount of work, this activity is really important in demonstrating that we are using our funds properly, efficiently and are creating a strong platform for the educational work in our schools.

Patrick Overy, Chief Financial Officer, Athena-GEP

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