Who we are

Leaders in the provision of innovative and creative solutions to educational settings

We are a mutual trading company co-owned by headteachers. This means that headteachers get to directly shape our services to schools, ensuring our offer is responsive and value for money. We are committed to operating on a not-for-profit basis whereby any profits are reinvested into developing our services or into educational research to benefit the learning community. Open communication and trust is key to our success; whether you're a maintained school or part of a multi academy trust, we would be delighted to discuss with you how we can best meet your needs.

"Octavo have delivered an efficient and effective service to the school over the past couple of years. We use their Clerking service and have also used them for HR advice and a review of Governance and we would unreservedly recommend them. The fact that they are set up as a staff mutual, led by a coalition of their stakeholders, means they are more customer-focused than similar providers we have used in the past."

Stuart Dixon, Chair of Governors - Bromley Road Primary School

Who we work with

Senior Leaders

It's tough at the top

We're here to help school leaders drive change and get the best out of their pupils and their staff.

Business Managers

Saving you time and money

Everything business managers need to optimise the efficient running of their school, in one place, without breaking the budget.


Leading with confidence

Supporting, training and equipping governors to drive school and pupil performance.

School Staff

There's a lot to keep up with

Keeping staff up-to-date in an ever changing educational landscape and helping them to develop careers that inspire.

Where we work


The personal touch

Getting to know what's important to you and supporting you to achieve BIG outcomes no matter what size your school is.


Well-oiled machines

There's a lot to consider in an organisation of your size. We're big enough to help you achieve organisational efficiencies and outcomes that inspire.


Doing things your way

You know what works for your school. We're here to help you do that efficiently and effectively across one school or your multi-academy chain.

What we do

School Improvement

We aim to champion excellence and raise achievement by developing your pupils, staff and leaders to be the best they possibly can be.

Education Welfare

Dedicated to improving attendance in educational settings by putting children at the heart of everything we do.

Educational Psychology

Evidence based and quality assured, our psychological service to educational settings caters for all children and young people from birth to 25.

Information Systems

Giving you access to the tools and technology to help children succeed and your school to run smoothly.

Governor Services

Providing high quality support, advice and training to governing bodies, empowering them towards highly effective strategic leadership.

Human Resources

We're in the business of helping you get the best from your team so that children have every opportunity to succeed in a stable and high performing school.

Finance Services

Keeping you in control of your school’s finances and enabling you to focus resources on the areas that need them the most.

Education Business Partnership

An established and recognised brokerage between education and business. Our service provides young people with opportunities to learn and develop skills for career wellbeing and employability.

Literacy Centre

A specialist centre where pupils are taught through intensive, multisensory, systematic interventions in a unique setting, to accelerate progress and address gaps in literacy.

What people say about us

Winterbourne Junior Girls' School

"As a new headteacher, the service Octavo School Improvement provided meant that my transition from one local authority to another was seamless. I was well informed and supported, was able to arrange bespoke sessions and reviews to fit my staff's needs and took advantage of the wide range of CPD opportunities available for staff at every level. I know I can call on them at any time for advice or support."

Attendee on
'The Revised Ofsted Framework training for Governors'

"Knowledgeable speaker who knew her subject and good to hear the views of governors with more experience than myself. I have been on a few of your governor courses. All have been excellent, so well done!"

Terry Cefai, Headteacher
Wolsey Infant and Nursery School

"I have found our Finance Consultant to be meticulous and thorough taking the time to not only ensure accuracy but to ensure the school staff members that he works with have a clear understanding of the current position."