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The Octavo Partnership is a mutual venture between Croydon Council, Croydon Head Teachers Association and staff to deliver high quality education support services in Croydon and beyond. Keep up to date with relevant news here.

  • St Mary Magdalene CofE Primary School

    "We have received excellent advice and support from our HR advisor.  This had included guidance on a support staff restructure, leading meetings and drafting letters which have all been done to a high standard and in a timely manner.  Thank you for all that you do."

    Jenny Parris, Headteacher
  • Bensham Manor School

    "Our Octavo finance advisor has proved extremely helpful.  We have availed the services for over a year now and there is clarity of finance and the strategic planning has shown improvement.  Our adviser produces clear and informative reports and our SLT and governors understand these well. We highly recommend the Octave finance support service."

    Sue Bakrania, Bursar
  • St Mary’s Catholic High School

    "Our Schools Finance Consultant provided one of the best training sessions I have received. She has the ability to tailor her training to the individual needs of the customer taking into account their skill sets and capabilities. She has expert knowledge in a number of areas which she shares on an empathetic basis. She also has the ability to pace the training and provide essential tips to assi..."

    Pat Montgomery, School Business Manager
  • All Saint’s C of E Primary – Croydon

    "Patrick Leavy has been working with our school as Schools Finance Manager since April 2017. He is  very strategic in identifying areas for future savings. He has been instrumental in steering the school into the next phase of development, including the 5 year budget. Patrick’s presence and support at meetings with the Head, SBM,  LA and governors has been most valuable."

    Josephine Copeland, Headteacher
  • Federation of Heavers Farm & Selsdon Primary Schools

    "The best finance service our schools have ever had. Our consultant goes above and beyond, providing excellent advice and support. We would highly recommend this service to anyone."

    Susan Papas, Executive Headteacher
  • Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School

    "Working with Octavo’s Finance Service has been a great learning curve for me; not only has my confidence increased but I’ve found a new passion for accounts again. Our Consultant doesn’t talk down to me in any way, which is what I’ve found in the past with consultants. He has a very open approach and is happy for me to contact him at any time!"

    L Hewit, Accounts Officer
  • London Borough of Croydon

    "We commissioned Octavo to provide education welfare support for pupils in commissioned education provision. Since then I have been pleased with the enthusiasm, initiative and energy they have bought to the work and they’ve not been phased by the complexity of some of cases they’ve dealt with."

    Chris Roberts, Commissioning & Quality Assurance Officer (Alternative Education Provision)
  • Purley Oaks Primary

    "The Education Welfare Service we are receiving from Octavo is outstanding. Our scheduled visits are not only supportive to us but to our parents as well. It is a relief to know that we are working with someone who understands the needs of our families as well as we do."

    Ann Peters, Assistant Head
  • Wolsey Infants School

    "I strongly recommend Octavo’s Finance Service. Our Consultant uses a collaborative approach to communicate. He provides extensive financial reports and explains the implications. He replies to emails and calls very quickly."

    Yong Liu , School Business Manager
  • Kenley Primary School

    "Exceptional, delivering an outstanding service in a very sensitive, skilful, thorough and efficient manner. Our Educational Psychologist has gone above and beyond and provided both the school, parents and other agencies with intelligent and prompt advice that has already made a positive difference to the lives of the children."

    Caroline Brice, SENCO
  • Winterbourne Junior Girls’ School

    "As a new headteacher in Croydon last year, the service Octavo School Improvement provided meant that my transition from one local authority  to a new LA 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 that I can call on t..."

    Mary Berkeley-Agyepong, Headteacher
  • Pegasus Academy Trust

    "Octavo IT staff are always helpful, resourceful and able to act on their own initiative. In addition, their response to the few critical incidents we have had has been exemplary and timely. We look forward to working with them for many years to come."

    Jolyon Roberts, Executive Headteacher