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We can offer so much more than just audit services for your organisation.

For us, the reason we love working in the education sector is an easy one. It’s because we share your vision. We think our values and culture are a great fit. And we want to be proactive and do all we can to make sure your mission is a success.

That starts with giving you a clear understanding of your finances to build your strategic management accounting on. And extends through our seminars, workshops and ongoing partnership. We don’t dictate, we build fruitful relationships. And we always flex our approach around our clients’ needs and timetables.

NON-STATUTORY AUDIT SERVICES

We also offer non-statutory audit services such as internal assurance, grant audits, due diligence, and plenty of other finance and governance related projects. We’re always happy to chat through your options and give you our ideas and advice.

For Education, that could be some help interpreting the latest guidance from the ESFA and what it means for your particular Trust. What about some help with the Budget Forecast Return or the Academy Accounts Return? Concerned about regularity in your Trust or the roles and responsibilities of your Trustees? Give us a call. We’d love to chat.

WE UNDERSTAND THE EDUCATION SECTOR

Most of our leadership team sit on boards as either trustees or governors themselves. So, we understand and appreciate the unique challenges you’re facing, first-hand.

We have trustees in our team, including Simon Atkins, our Not for Profit Partner. He’s Chair of the Community Academies Trust and an Academy Ambassador, too. His experience and that of other people from across Cooper Parry who give their time freely to support schools helps inform our approach.

We have an ever-growing voice in the sector’s direction, too. We’ve been involved in influencing decision-making as part of the Education & Skills Funding Agency and contributed to technical framework that charities will be reporting to with The Charity Commission.

We’re also members of the Charity Finance Group and accredited, active partners of Association of School and College Leaders and the Institute of School Business Leadership,  regularly taking part in their conferences, running webinars for their members, and sharing our knowledge on the issues the charity and education sectors face.

The point is: we don’t just understand your challenges. We understand how to deliver the support and technical advice you’ll need to overcome them, too.

WHAT OUR EDUCATION SECTOR CLIENTS SAY

“Actual touch points with the various teams are excellent, and we have a good working relationship. General information and emails, webinars and availability of general updates has been good too.”

Claire Astell-Crocker | Head of Finance | Trent College

“Simon and his team have ensured that the first year-end accounts and audit process were painless! The timing of work ensured everything was completed, reviewed and agreed well in advance of our deadlines and the whole process was very relaxed. The team were personable too, which fits perfectly with our vision and values.”

Oliver Phillips | Equals Trust

“Your staff are all wonderful; professional, knowledgeable, personable and hard working. The signing off meeting was a huge benefit to me.”

Ruth Neal | Rawlins Academy

“Simon and Sarah make a fantastic team. They are strong communicators and we enjoy contact and support throughout the year in areas that may extend beyond the annual audit and assurance process.”

Steve Kind | Associate of School and College Leaders

 

AUDIT COMING UP?

ANDY JONES

Head of Education

Got an audit coming up and want something different this year?

E: andyj@cooperparry.com

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