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We are currently building a portfolio of testimonials across the entire range of our products and services. Once completed, you'll be able to filter the testimonials by product or service to find the testimonials most relevant to what you are interested in. In the meantime, we have provided a short selection of testimonials from some of our happiest customers!

If you are a happy HCSS Education customer and would like to write a testimonial, please email us at feedback@hcsseducation.co.uk and we would be delighted to add your testimonial to the website. Also, if you have any general feedback about our products and services please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Nuts & Bolts Training Programme testimonial

I attended the Nuts & Bolts of Primary School Business Management training last year along with other School Business Managers in the local area. Each of the four module topics were covered very well and the HCSS Education training team were very knowledgeable. I also found the sharing of ideas and practice with other School Business Managers very beneficial. Overall I found the training programme extremely useful and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to other primary Business Managers.

Yvonne Williamson, Bursar,
Lisle Marsden Church of England Primary Academy  

HCSS Budgeting testimonial

I am delighted to recommend HCSS Budgeting, which we only got in October this year. I now wonder how I managed without it, as it’s such a useful tool. The implementation and training were exceptional, and left me fully confident in being able to use the software immediately.  It certainly provides value for money, particularly in the time saved in calculating future years’ budgets.

Sue Edwards, Director of Business & Finance,
Ripley St Thomas CE Academy

Internal Audit testimonial

HCSS have been our appointed internal auditor for several years. We have built up a very good working relationship with them. The specialist team of auditors have supported us through many audits with their proactive and professional approach. They keep up to date with the latest EFA legislation and the Academies Financial Handbook regulations ensuring we are compliant.

I would fully recommend this company to any business.

Ann Marie Lucy, Finance and Operations Director,
The College Academies Trust

Inspirational Leaders Training Course testimonial

We received training from HCSS Education at the start of the Autumn Term 2014 on the theme of ‘Inspirational Leadership'. In particular we were looking for two things: firstly to galvanise teachers to ‘own’ their learning space and effectively lead their respective teams; and secondly to equip them with some practical tools to do so. 

The training was a definite success on both accounts and we were delighted with its quality and sustained impact. Thank you HCSS.


Charlie Rivers, Executive Headteacher, Horton Lodge School

Customer Support testimonial

The HCSS Customer Support staff are always patient, professional and polite. They never hurry to terminate a call and they ensure that the issue is fully resolved to the client’s satisfaction. It is not easy to achieve this level of service when there are other calls to support and in my experience I have never had to wait to have a support call answered by HCSS.

Sarah Davies, Lakelands Academy

Internal Audit testimonial

In our dealings thus far with HCSS, we can validate their promise of being ‘friendly experts’ in areas of financial management. The team have listened to our issues and views and tailor-made an appropriate programme of work to meet our immediate requirements and those of the longer term. This has all been done with user friendly language, a personable approach and recognition of the journey that our multi-academy trust is on post conversion.  

Mandy O’Rourke, Strategic School Business Manager Jeremy Parkes,
Data & Finance Manager, Perry Hall Multi-Academy Trust

HCSS Education testimonial

We are impressed with the service and support that has been provided during the implementation of HCSS Budgeting, and the on-going technical support provided by the team has been excellent. HCSS Budgeting has the functionality we need – it's web based, easy to use and serves our needs well as a Multi-Academy Trust. We have been able to link HCSS Budgeting to our accountancy package, Civica Resource which has resulted in significant time savings in terms of data input in our academies. We recognise that HCSS have worked in the Education sector for over 30 years and this pedigree shows. They work with us on a one to one basis to fully understand our requirements and develop the product to suit our needs. The support we received led to a straight forward implementation – and a software product that is user friendly and intuitive. The HCSS team – without exception – have provided outstanding service and reacted quickly and efficiently to our needs. 

Wayne Greenhoff, Project Accountant, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Consultancy services testimonial

We commissioned the consultancy services of HCSS Education for the financial year 2013/14. The service was to provide temporary bursarial support including budget planning/revisions, payroll reconciliation, financial monitoring, forecasting and reporting.

The Consultant that delivered the support had extensive knowledge and experience in schools financial management and therefore fully understood what was required from the outset. Our SLT and Governing Body were always confident in the quality and accuracy of advice given and the reports presented. The Consultant was always courteous to staff and very professional.

We unreservedly recommend the consultancy services of HCSS Education.

Adele France, School Business Manager, Ecclesfield School

Inspirational Leaders Training Course testimonial

Howard delivers his courses with passion and real life knowledge. The training courses are bespoke to schools and academies and give practical strategies on how to improve your leadership style and get better results. His "no excuses" approach is very refreshing and his style of delivery is both entertaining and informative. 

Tracy Jackson, Assistant Principal, Ossett Academy

HCSS Education testimonial

We have worked with HCSS Education for over 10 years and have seen the financial planning software become ever more sophisticated. The majority of our schools use HCSS Budgeting and have done so through each version from the original excel tool through to FPS advance.Net and now HCSS Budgeting. To continue to use the software over such a long period of time demonstrates how beneficial the software is to schools. 

HCSS Education listen to our feedback and act upon it. An example being a bespoke report created in each version of the software. The HCSS Education team are helpful, professional and knowledgeable. The training is excellent and always well received by school business managers and senior leadership staff. The team delivering the training are friendly and approachable and will adapt the course content to suit our needs. 

Due to the continuing software development and vision we envisage our relationship with HCSS Education will continue for some time. 

Dawn Haigh, Principal School Finance Officer

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council