Support for the management and leadership of schools and trusts

Leadership support and advice on operational matters for schools and multi academy trusts, from school people. Helping you to benefit your pupils and students by improving school operations in areas including risk, finance, HR, governance and trust growth.

Keystone Knowledge

What makes us different:

For senior leaders and school business managers of MATs, academies and schools who need operational support and advice on an interim or more regular basis we are operations experts in the education sector.

Our team can bring real insight, from their experience in senior leadership roles within schools, to deliver considered operational solutions. Our goal is to deliver solutions that, in turn, facilitate outstanding teaching and learning.


Internal Scrutiny

Give your trustees peace of mind that a team of school professionals, qualified in their disciplines, are completing your internal scrutiny. Our comprehensive audit will give advice on improvement for both financial and non-financial controls.

Due Diligence

New schools looking to join your trust? Our due diligence audit takes the stress out of identifying and categorising risks and gives you the answers. 

Supporting Growth

You want to grow, but do you have the current capacity to support that growth? We have a successful track record in producing winning new school and TCaF bids and can help with due diligence audits and conversion management taking away those growing pains!


Worried about keeping up with the latest employment legislation and HR best practice? Our school HR professionals can provide 3 levels of advice and support to keep you on top of your HR.

CFO and Finance Support

Need a detailed view on finance? Our experts have all been previous CFO’s in MATs and can support you to get the best outcomes.

Consultancy & Bespoke Solutions

Have a challenge or just need some expert support or project management? We offer agile and expert solutions from Notice to Improve support to new school builds and will support you and add value every step of the way.

Our impact

Between us we have 100 years of experience of working in schools at school leadership level.
We have supported a significant number of Multi Academy Trusts to improve their operational effectiveness and impacted the educational outcomes of children in education.
We have deep rooted links in the sector and have held leadership roles on several respected professional bodies in the industry.
We have become thought leaders in the sector and have strong links with the DfE, and the ESFA.
Worked with over 100 schools and managed 10 conversions to academies.
Impacted over 30,000 children’s educational outcomes.
Supplied over 21,000 hours of quality consultancy and saved £4m to be reinvested into children’s education.
Won new school bids and built new schools.


Keystone Knowledge

Registered Office: Nightingale Way, Etwall, Derbyshire DE65 6RT

Keystone Knowledge is a Registered Company in England, no. 12092122

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