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I’ve done almost every course offered by Ideal Schools, and each one brought me more skills....

You feel like more than just a number with Ideal Schools, and that hasn’t been the case with a few of the other online offerings I found. Its Facebook group is a really great idea, and you feel part of a group, even though you’re studying alone....

Joanne Turner

I want to provide more than just accounting, and to do it with style, with passion and with optimism.....

I’ve stayed with Ideal Schools all the way to ICB level 4, because they were simply fantastic. The college is incredibly supportive, and there’s always a friendly voice to answer questions.......

Joanne Osborne

I thought, ‘well, I can add up!’ So I looked into bookkeeping.....

Looking at residential colleges, she decided the process would be too slow, and online study would allow her to work at her own pace.

Tracey Crewdson

Motherhood starts some women down the path to training as bookkeepers......

Motherhood starts some women down the path to training as bookkeepers since the desire of new parents to be able to work from home, or to work at their own pace, is highly appealing. Most, however, don’t try to train as a bookkeeper while pregnant and in the middle of multiple house moves.

Lisa MacLeod

Her life-long gift for numbers stood her in good stead....

A lot of people starting in the world of bookkeeping have a background in finance to set them on the path. But few can boast, as Terry Peers can, that they learnt double entry bookkeeping before leaving primary school...........

Theresa (Terry) Peers

There are few stories, even in the multi-faceted world of bookkeeping.......

There are few stories, even in the multi-faceted world of bookkeeping, as interesting as that of Kathryn Cowin from Hexham, owner of Black Blaze Bookkeeping in South Lanarkshire.

Kathryn Cowin

Everyone who comes to bookkeeping later in life brings the expertise of their former profession.....

Paul left the world of banking to forge a path for himself in early 2016, and turned to Ideal Schools to obtain the qualifications he needed to set up his practice as a member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB).

Paul Maddison

I wanted to be able to run my own business around the kids....

Every start up business wants to capture that elusive ‘word of mouth’ recommendation, so vital in an owner’s quest to build something great; and in the case of Jessica Harrison, a Stokesley-based mother of two, that’s exactly the vibe she picked up, thanks to a strong local business community, and the online support of Ideal Schools.......

Jessica Harrison

I love the work, and Ideal Schools gave me the confidence and...

Julia started the process in the new year of 2016, and obtained level 2 & 3, becoming a member of the ICB in less than a year. By the beginning of the financial year 2017, Julia had her practice licence, and was ready to start trading for herself. One month later, and she already has six clients from the local area, and is going from strength to strength.

Julia Donaldson

Everyone I spoke to had the knowledge at their fingertips

Having scored Distinctions on all the levels of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers exams he sat, Jonathan dived straight into the world of bookkeeping at the deep end, setting up his limited company, Balancing the Books Ltd, and working from home.

Jonathan Kemp

I knew that Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) certification was what I wanted!

“The ICB Self-Assessment exam was a great boon to the business, and I spend a lot of my time helping out individuals and sole traders. I’m looking forward to growing the business, and seeing where this path can take me.”

Ricardo Pereira

Mark wanted more control over his own career!

Mark’s business, Choice Bookkeeping, has gone from strength to strength, and is one of the fastest growing bookkeeping businesses in the Monmouthshire area. He credits Ideal Schools with making the material digestible and easy to understand, and his own dedication and hard work in turning academic learning into a going concern.

Mark Williams

Marie Launches new Antrim bookkeeping business

An Antrim woman has set up her own successful business in Market Square after courses at a specialist UK-wide e-learning college focusing exclusively on bookkeeping and accounting. After only three months in practice, the business, New Balance Bookkeeping, is already attracting local firms.

Marie Wells

Restlessness, and a desire to give back

“Because I wasn’t working, I was able to go through all the exams to become a full Member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (MICB) in less than seven months. The tutors at Ideal Schools were always available, and the course materials worked perfectly for me."

Vip Patel

Back to work on her own terms

Having come from a financial background, and with a brief period reading accountancy at university, bookkeeping was the logical choice. After looking into the options of starting her own business, and talking to some friends who were accountants, Mrs Hagenbeek settled on distance learning for the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB).

Nicky Hagenbeek

AAT Member & Student

Now a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). She describes Ideal Schools as “Like having 24/7 tutor support to help me understand. They were so helpful when my grasp of the language failed me.”

Veronica Vladiuc

My practice is increasingly successful!

After taking time out to raise her two children, Mrs Douglas wanted to rejoin the world of bookkeeping, on her own terms. She found Ideal Schools, and qualified to Member level of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers with the program, going into business for herself. Her practice, SKD Bookeeping, has gone from strength to strength, and has recently become a limited company.

Sandra Douglas


A successful management accountant from Bromley in South-East London is carving out a new career which will fit round the needs of her young family, thanks to specialist UK-wide e-learning college Ideal Schools.

Lynda Smith

"Bookkeeping has become my life!"

The story of IDEAL Schools is one offering world-class tuition to students from all walks of life for more than 30 years. Through various flexible study programs just like the ICB Career Path IDEAL Schools provide an opportunity for professional excellence.

Eszter Petrinovics

Age is no Barrier!

Ideal Schools has a long-standing ethos of providing the highest quality education for students of all stripes, at all stages of their careers and lives. Terry Ramm is a great example of what can be achieved with determination, and the right school.

Terry Ramm

Karen's story

It’s not just those entering the world of bookkeeping that can learn from Ideal Schools. Karen Cain did the accounts for a small business for twenty years without any formal qualifications when, in 2010, she secured an opportunity to study for Institute of Chartered Bookkeepers (ICB) status with Ideal Schools

Karen Cain