Reducing your outgoing charges

Many educational institutions attract 80% relief from rates, however, we’re often able to reduce their remaining liability to zero by enabling institutions to qualify for exemptions.

We provide help with business rates for the education sector where institutions have been overcharged. We secure the adjustment of inaccurate business rates via the appeal process ensuring the correct rateable value is applied saving their property costs.


Saving educators money

At Aitchison Raffety, we have acted for some of the top 100 Independent schools within the UK and countless State-funded schools or Academies.

With our specialist knowledge in educational business rates relief, we are trusted to navigate and guide these schools through constantly changing business rates legislation and initiatives.

We provide schools and other academic establishments with a comprehensive strategy to help protect their financial interests and seek to improve profitability despite changes in global, political and economic factors constantly at play.

Our team helps advise you on potential options to maximise your funds ensuring any potential losses are minimised.


  • “I would recommend Aitchison Raffety given the fantastic rates refund they achieved for us.”

  • “We required a business appraisal and valuation advice on our educational estate. We contacted the Education Team at Aitchison Raffety for a formal valuation which formed part of the estate and finance strategy, along with the impact on the value following a disposal of surplus land. Aitchison Raffety provided concise and clear advice in a professional manner, which included post valuation reviews.  We would not hesitate to recommend them to educational providers requiring property valuation advice.”

  • “We are a growing independent schools group. We have been using Aitchison Raffety for the past year to provide education property valuations, their knowledge in the education sector is second to none. Their methodical approach and understanding of the need for a quick turnaround has meant we have the correct information at the right time to move forward with our projects, enabling us to enhance our commercial decisions. They are also multi-disciplinary and have been able to advise and quote for appealing our business rates. We would happily recommend their services.”


Providing Trust and Agility

With 25 years of experience, our team is trusted to provide advice and guidance that’s bespoke, discrete and accurate to educators of multiple sizes and locations within the UK.

Over 200 schools improved with
Aitchison Raffety

We advise on the impact of rates on any new project ensuring education providers can make savings to enrich their students' education. Legislation and financing matters can constantly evolve, but we can guide you through these changes.

  • Agility and flexibility to your education establishments needs.
  • Discrete and knowledgeable services without disclosing future plans to staff.
  • Providing advice and guidance to ensure the children's needs and requirements are considered.
  • Advising on green agendas and initiatives.
  • Reduce the risk of overpaying on bills, property costs or billing errors.
  • Helping Educational Establishments budget their property for the long-run.

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