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Education-focused support services

Our support services have been robustly developed over time by industry-leading experts. We’ll equip you with the right tools, resources, and support so you can focus on educational excellence and pupil care

Our services

We recognise that every school, academy and trust has different needs – that's why we tailor our services to meet your specific requirements. There’s a reason why over 500 schools, academies and trusts choose SAAF

From day-to-day transactions and month-end to financial planning and statutory returns, we can help you streamline processes and reach your financial and organisation goals

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We're a team of finance experts, with an in-depth knowledge of school and academy finance. We can give you expert advice, guidance and support.

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Available from 8am-8pm, 7 days a week, for all your finance, accounting and software queries.

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Compliant, cost-effective and efficient. Our dedicated team make paydays hassle-free.

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We supply and recruit teaching and support professionals. 24/7 support. Fixed margins. No temp-to-perm fee.

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From software training to payroll onboarding, our sessions are designed to help you sharpen your skills and knowledge.

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Financial and governance internal audit. Giving you peace of mind that your school, academy or MAT is running efficiently and effectively.

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Manage your institution's assets in a more efficient and effective way.

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We have an unrivalled knowledge of the education sector and understand the extensive processes involved with MAT setup and expansion.

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Our consultants can perform short and long-term finance roles – including the role of chief financial officer, finance manager, finance officer and all transactional support duties.

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More time to focus on education

with a range of tailored solutions for your school, academy, or trust

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Customer loyalty programme

Our clients are at the heart of everything we do, and that’s why we want to reward them for their loyalty.  Find out more about our customer loyalty scheme

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Our customer promise

Personalised support

We're here to help you every step of the way, so you can focus on educational excellence and pupil care


Ensuring an exceptional customer experience. Putting customers at the heart of everything we do, every time! 

Customer solutions

We identify challenges and offer solutions and expert guidance to align with your school, academy or trust's strategic goals

Customer success

Our success is defined by your success. We guarantee fantastic results for our clients and save time and money

Schools, academies and trusts supported
70 %
Of our customers are from word-of-mouth referrals
100 %
Of customers feel valued with SAAF

The breadth of knowledge and understanding from within the education sector is a core strength we value immensely. I would describe the services as responsive, solution-focused, and flexible to our needs.

CEO, Raleigh Learning Trust

Great service provided by SAAF. I know that I can contact them to sort out any issues.

Business Manager, Foxwood Academy

We had a nice smooth transition from our current payroll provider to SAAF and are very pleased with both the move across as well as the service we are now receiving.

Preschool Manager, Pippins Preschool

We think you offer a great service at a great price. We have worked with you for a very long time now and have always been impressed by the quality that you offer. Great job!

CEO, Nottingham Schools Trust

I am new to my role as Finance Manager and I could not find the SAAF team more helpful and supportive, nothing is ever too much trouble. Fantastic company and service. Thank you.

Finance Manager, St Bartholomew’s CE Primary School

We have worked with SAAF for over 2 years, and they have yet to let us down. Our consultant has been fantastic throughout this time and has been open and honest about every aspect of our interactions, always going the extra mile to support us. I would recommend their services to anybody without hesitation.

Acting Deputy Head, Hull Primary School

SAAF provide the school with a high-quality level of support and advice. Our advisor is always helpful and responds quickly to any queries. He has extremely good knowledge of budgetary issues that may affect the school and is on hand to offer advice.

School Business Manager, West Bridgford Infant School

The team are easily contacted via telephone or email and always respond promptly to our calls. We have had excellent service from them and would fully recommend them.

Headteacher, Seely Primary School

Our academy conversion was successful due to the commitment, knowledge and willingness of SAAF to go that extra mile. The time and expertise which was brought to the project was immeasurable. The icing on the cake was the professional attitude and conduct of the company, answering emails (all times of the day), giving advice and researching new ideas and presenting them to myself and governors.

CEO, Transform Trust

SAAF consultants are very knowledgeable and offer timely guidance and support. Governors are pleased with the service received from SAAF. Highly recommended to school considering financial support packages.

Headteacher, Sneinton C of E Primary School

The response to queries is fast and the guidance and support given is relevant and productive. We highly recommend SAAF as a company that ensure quality service that you can be confident about. SAAF helps you sleep easy at night! No worries!

Headteacher, St Patrick’s Catholic Voluntary Academy

The consultant assigned to our school, always goes the extra mile to help me, with any problems that arise.

School Business Manager, Southglade Primary School

It has been a smooth and efficient transition from our old payroll provider in a limited timeframe. We are very happy with our move.

Business Manager, Wrangle Primary School

It has been a pleasure to work with SAAF, you have transformed our relationship with the IRIS Financials software and our ability to move it forward.

Director of Finance , Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership

We found SAAF to be very professional, friendly, and collaborative. Their recommendations have helped us strengthen our procedures in accordance with the Academy Trust Handbook. They were very thorough in the deep dive into our processes and as a result have help us to gain more attention to detail.

Director of Resources , The Southfield Trust

My main contact is Cloe Harris and I could not find her more helpful and supportive, nothing is ever too much trouble for her. Fantastic company and service. Thank you.

Finance Manager, St Bartholomew’s CE Primary School

All staff are friendly, knowledgeable and go above and beyond to assist me.

SBM, Nottingham Schools Trust

We’ve had an outstanding experience with SAAF’s payroll team. They go above and beyond and are always there to answer our queries. The payroll service is highly efficient, and cost-effective for our trust.

CFO, Willows Academy Trust

The payroll team is responsive to our needs and always helpful in resolving issues as and when they arise. We have an excellent working relationship with them.

Director of Finance, The de Ferrers Trust

We have worked with SAAF for several years now and always find them efficient, knowledgeable, and supportive. If there are any issues with my reports, they are scrutinised and sorted for me promptly. I would recommend them to any school looking for a new provider.

Business Manager, Cantrell Primary School

Our school has worked with SAAF for the past 10 years for Financial support and 8 years for Payroll support. In all this time we have found them to be very efficient, helpful and supportive. All staff have great knowledge of their area of expertise and are very personable. We would highly recommend the SAAF team.

Business Manager, Glade Hill Primary School

Regarding SAAF, our Trust has found them a very valued partner who are both knowledgeable and responsive to our requests. They have worked with us on numerous projects and are always available when we have needed them.


Accountant, Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership

Having had a poor experience with a previous external payroll provider, we entered into a new SLA with SAAF. From the initial presentation through to the diligence shown throughout the transfer the experience has been so different to what we have experienced before. Queries are answered quickly and diligently and nothing seems to be too much trouble. We are very much looking forward to a long-term relationship with SAAF.

School Business Manager, Allestree Woodlands School

Excellent financial services for a Multi Academy Trust.

Chief Executive Officer, Lubavitch Multi Academy Trust

I have found your service to be extremely professional and am so happy we came to you.

Business Manager , Heritage Park and Holgate Meadows Schools

The team have been a great support at a time of staff shortages. They quickly picked up our systems and processes and worked with us to improve them to keep business continuity, just what we needed and we are still working with SAAF, one year on.

Business Manager, The Misbourne

The financial support has been first class with highly trained people providing expert advice and guidance.

Headteacher , Claremont Primary and Nursery School

We have only been working with you for a couple of months and so far this has been a very positive and enjoyable experience, you listen and advise accordingly, you are very reactive with your responses and have helped to keep our transition from one provider to another as smooth as possible.

Deputy School Business Manager, Allestree Woodlands School

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From year-end preparation and software training to payroll onboarding, our events and workshops are hosted by our experts.

We also offer tailored workshops that can be carried out 1-2-1 or for your team - this includes training on all finance software such as IRIS Financials and FMS. Get in touch with our team to find out more.

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In partnership with

Association of Business Leaders in Education
IRIS - Accredited Support and Training Partner
Institute of School Business Leadership - Approved Partner
ICS Funding Services
Crescent Purchasing Consortium - Framework Supplier

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