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Education Accounting

Larking Gowen has a long history of working with organisations in the Education sector and our education-based clients are from independent schools, free schools, academies and multi-academy trusts.

Heads, governors and finance teams face many challenges dealing with a changing landscape of governance and regulation. We recognise that the sector requires its advisors to be specialists, and this is why services to our Education clients are only provided by our experienced team.

Larking Gowen is a full service firm and, along with financial reporting, audit and accounts services, we specialise in handling complex regulation within education, making sure all parties are given a clear understanding of legal status, obligations and education accounting requirements.

We are a team of academy specialists and leading advisers to academies in the Eastern Region. We take the time get to know our academy clients to make sure we deliver the compliance services and expert advice you need, when you need it. We offer ongoing support, with a named partner and named client manager available to you year-round.

Our state education clients range from single academy trusts to large multi academy trusts, and include primaries, secondaries, nurseries, free schools, and specialist providers. Many of our academies specialists are themselves experienced trustees and governors, and look forward to helping you manage the extensive regulation in academies.

Our core work with academy trusts is external audit and internal audit, and we have experts in all the subjects you need, delivering a range of additional services. These include:

  • Trustee training – tailored sessions on a range of governance and technical areas

  • Grant certification

  • VAT efficiency review

  • Management of trading – covering structures, tax, and charity regulation

  • Employment taxes advice

  • Other charity tax advice

  • Payroll services

  • Company secretarial

  • Governance review

  • Systems and procedures support

  • Budget, cash and financial planning

Independent schools face many challenges, not least the pressure on fees, rising parents' expectations and the need to deliver public benefit. We have decades of experience working with independent schools in East Anglia and can help you with a full range of services including:

  • Charitable structure
  • Governance advice
  • Trustee training and guidance for governors
  • Planning for the future
  • Arranging finance
  • Helping reduce tax and VAT costs
  • Annual accounts and auditing
  • Gift aid
  • Payroll services
  • Charity mergers
  • Due diligence
  • Trading
  • Taxation
  • Systems and internal controls reviews
Amy Calver

Amy Calver


Carl Boardman

Carl Boardman

Senior Manager

Chris Yeates

Chris Yeates


Emma Hayward

Emma Hayward

Senior Manager

Julie Grimmer

Julie Grimmer

Managing Partner


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