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Swindon Internal Audit Service

What do we offer?

Internal audit is mandatory in local government. Under the 2011 Accounts and Audit Regulations the Council is responsible for maintaining an adequate and effective internal audit function. In addition, LA maintained Schools and Academies can buy back a service tailored to meet their needs. This could include: 

  • full Risk Based internal audit coverage – similar to mandatory audits 

  • Responsible Officer Role (RO) – carry out a number of transaction tests across the year to meet the requirements of the RO role 

  • review of the Academies Financial Management and Governance Return 

  • Start up audit – to provide assurance on new governance arrangements/policies 

  • a wide range of specialist audits e.g. IT security, risk management, governance, income, grant claim certification  

  • support and guidance to Governors on the completion of the School Financial Value Standard (SFVS) 

  • contingency, irregularity, advice and assistance – to investigate any suspected irregularities, provide advice and assistance regarding new systems etc.

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Why choose us?

All Internal Audit staff are professionally qualified and have a good understanding of schools and national and local policies, procedures, arrangements and best practice. The Ofsted School Inspection Handbook for Inspectors (January 2013) states that ‘Inspectors should consider the effectiveness of governance including how well governors ensure solvency and probity and that the financial resources made available to the school are managed effectively’. Our internal audit provision can assist Governors in confirming their arrangements are effective and our reports can be used to demonstrate Governors’ commitment to ensuring that the school’s finances are properly managed.

What is provided free?

LA maintained schools will continue to be subject to Internal Audit review as part of the Council’s statutory and regulatory audit regime. These audits form part of the core service.

What is chargeable?

Any provision to all schools and academies, apart from the core service provided to LA maintained schools.

How the service can be provided/length of agreement

This service can be delivered on an ad hoc "pay as you go" basis to suit your school.  


Contact Point

Nick Hobbs, Head of Internal Audit
Telephone:  01793 463940

Nikki Soave, Principal Auditor
Telephone:  01793 463947



Charges are usually calculated on a daily rate which will vary depending on the nature and complexity of the service required. Please contact us to discuss this further.