Audit, leasing and procurement

Schools governance and audit

The advice and guidance the council provides to support schools delivering the highest standards of governance and control can be found in the Schools section of our website. You will also find guidance for schools on what to expect if they are selected for an internal audit as part of the council’s wider audit plan work which provides assurance to the council’s 151 officers regarding those funds administered by schools.

We provide many useful documents to explain what is covered by a schools audit.

If you are a school that has received notification of being audited, please contact the auditor who has written to you as they will be able to progress your queries quicker than the contacts below.

For all other concerns or queries please contact:

Further contacts

You can email the following teams if you have any internal audit (including risk management and fraud) concerns that aren't addressed elsewhere:


Audit library

Central place to view all policy and associated documents relevant to internal audit, risk management and counter fraud services.

This page provides a single place for all policy documents and other associated detailed documentation relevant to internal audit, risk management and counter fraud services. Some of these documents contain the same or similar information designed for different audiences.  Please contact us if you require any documentation in an accessible format.

All the documents can be viewed here.



From 1 April 2021, all school lease applications should be directed to Link Group, an external company, who will be reviewing school leases on behalf of MKC. This service will be free of charge to all schools in Milton Keynes and will provide assurance that it is an operating lease. 

Read our School Leasing Pack for guidance on the Link’s Schools Leasing Scheme and the information that schools will need to obtain from a supplier in order for Link to undertake the process.  Page 5 gives details of the information needed.

Approval Process

In order to seek the appropriate financial advice and approval all maintained schools must complete a quotation template  before entering into any lease/rental agreement.

The lease information and completed template should then be emailed to Carly King or Darell Slevin at Link Group (it does not need to be sent to Schools Finance). 

Link Group will then undertake a review of the proposed lease arrangement and advise whether or not it would be a suitable option for the school.



Please read our school procurement guide for information about procurement.  

Procurement thresholds

  • Up to £500 verbal quotation will suffice
  • £501 - £25,000 requires (at least) three email quotations
  • £25,001 - £100,000 requires a minimum of three written quotations 
  • £100,000 + 

Further information on MKC procurement rules and thresholds can be found on the links below