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Strictly Education

Together with our strategic partners Strictly Education, we can facilitate a full HR service for schools and academies.

Strictly Education are an experienced provider of HR and other support services to schools, and act for over 1,000 schools and academies nationally.

We have been a strategic partner of Strictly Education for many years and our service is designed to work seamlessly with that provided by colleagues at Strictly Education so that schools are supported throughout. The key benefit of our partnership with Strictly Education is that schools and academies are supported by qualified professionals who are experts in the areas where you need support.

We have worked on a number of large projects and academy conversions as well as providing day to day guidance for schools and academies on legal and human resources issues.

For further information about how we can support you in partnership with Strictly Education, please contact our dedicated helpline on 0345 070 2061 or email


We are proud to be an approved supplier of legal services to Catholic Schools via Churchmarketplace.

Churchmarketplace has been developed by the Church in response to a need expressed nationally by Dioceses and their Bishops to help members of the Catholic community to work together to reduce costs. Being a Churchmarketplace approved supplier means that our services have been thoroughly examined, tested and considered to be of a high enough quality to assist Catholic Schools. For more information about Churchmarketplace, please click here.

We act for 9 Catholic Dioceses and have been instructed by hundreds of Catholic schools on various matters over many years.  We have set up approximately 10 Catholic multi academy trusts and have acted for around 100 Catholic schools on the academy conversion process. (Visit our dedicated extranet for Catholic Schools). Our long-standing relationship working with the Church and the Catholic Education Service means that we are well-placed to advise on the unique issues affecting Catholic schools.

We have a dedicated Catholic school academy conversion team supporting schools and Catholic Academy Trusts (“CATs”) through conversion. Click here for a Scope of Work.

We have also been working with the Roman Catholic Church for over two decades and advise on a range of legal services including property development, construction, commercial leases, procurement disputes, employment issues (particularly relating to teaching staff ), matters of information and technology law including commercial contracts with suppliers and charity law.

We also offer a School Support Service which gives members access to advice on any legal queries that arise including HR, employment, admissions, property, contracts, data protection and academy conversion. Schools don’t need to be legal experts but it is important that you know when to call on professional expertise in order to prevent small legal issues developing into something more complicated.

We are committed to supplying a unique and friendly service experience – no question is too big or too small.  We pride ourselves on building a rapport with our clients and strive to offer a service that is responsive, cost effective and tailored to your school.

We have offices in London, Oxford and Manchester and are a national supplier of legal services.

Learn more about Winckworth Sherwood’s Education Team

Our School Support Service for Catholic Schools gives schools quick access to legal advice on the whole range of issues which might affect you. Click here to find out more.

Herts for Learning

We are proud to work with Herts for Learning Ltd on a range of projects.

Herts for Learning was one of the first and is now by far the largest schools company established by Hertfordshire County Council in 2013. Initially we were instructed to advise on the commissioning contract with Hertfordshire County Council (HCC), TUPE and the admission of transferring staff to the HCC LGPS , and a services support contract which provided Herts for Learning with Council resources such as finance support and premises.

Since then, we have advised on various constitutional matters including a review of the Articles of Association, the holding of shareholder meetings, procurement and state aid and more recently we have helped HfL set up and sponsor their own multi academy trust (HfL Multi Academy Trust) which took on its first academies in September 2017. As part of this work, we have also advised and supported HfL with drafting and putting in place a new “service level agreement” with member schools, replacing what was a loose arrangement very typical of the way some local authorities work with their schools.

We also provide training sessions for governors on topics including setting up a multi academy trust and being a local governor.

We are proud to have been part of the Herts for Learning journey and look forward to collaborating with the team on future projects.

Camden Learning Partnership

We were commissioned at any early stage by Camden Council to support both their consultation with schools on the question of incorporating their schools led partnership and then on incorporation itself. We attended a number of heads and governor conferences and workshops to help advise on options and implications for schools (and the Council). Often these focussed on capturing existing ways of working and explaining how the vehicle which would be used to formalise their collaboration was not an academy trust. We then drafted the governance documents, incorporated Camden Learning and have subsequently advised on state aid, securing grant funding, procurement and “Teckal exemptions”, TUPE, consultancy contracts, a commissioning contract with the Council and setting up a teacher supply framework.

We are excited to see how this partnership will evolve and we look forward to being involved in its journey.


We have worked with The Centre for Education & Finance Management (CEFM) for many years and our service complements the services provided by colleagues at CEFM so that schools are supported throughout.  CEFM has been assisting schools on financial, educational, personnel and legal matters since the inception of Local Management of Schools in 1990.

We have worked on a number of large projects and academy conversions as well as providing day to day guidance for schools and academies on legal and human resources issues.

NPW and The Education Space

We are proud to work with NPW and The Education Space – a mutual organisation, formed by Newham Schools, providing a legal entity to run and commission education support services.

NPW is a respected, high quality provider of professional support services. NPW’s experienced staff work in collaboration, providing bespoke solutions that free up leadership time, allowing schools to concentrate on delivering excellent outcomes for their pupils.

We work with NPW on a number of projects including academy conversions and setting up multi academy trusts.


We are proud to work with 3BM  – the first mutual joint venture to spin out of local government. It brings together an experienced team from three high performing London Local Authorities; The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and The City of Westminster and our Partner Prospects.

We have worked on a number of joint projects with 3BM and we continue to provide back-up legal support to their team.

Key Contact


Partner and Head of Education, London

Tel: +44 (0)20 7593 5039

Andrea Squires

Partner and Head of Education, London

Tel: +44 (0)20 7593 5039

Key Contact