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Independent Schools are a fast moving and dynamic sector. Having worked with many clients in the sector over a considerable time we are able both to help our clients comply with their legal obligations and advise them from our extensive experience.

Our team at JCS forms excellent relationships with both governors and bursars, and understand the particular characteristics of the education sector. We are able to advise and support schools by providing services including:

External audit – We provide effective audit services which include timely and regular communication with your JCS Director. We aim for high client satisfaction with continuity of staff, regular face to face meetings and offering advice and support between audits as well. Our work is designed to not only fulfil the regulatory requirements but also to help you succeed in meeting the numerous challenges of this sector. The Audit Findings Report at the end of each audit assignment gives us the opportunity to highlight future developments and discuss updates in the business and charitable sector and how they may affect you. In this way we can help you identify practical action to address these.

Outsourcing – You may need extra resources, particularly where there are temporary staff shortages due to illness or staff turnover or to access skills outside the experience of the finance staff. We can offer a variety of outsourcing services including: assistance with or preparation of management accounts and cash flow forecasts; review of chart of accounts; ad hoc advice and support on all finance issues and training your staff.

Accounts preparation – We have extensive experience in preparing statutory accounts for independent schools and can assist you as little or as much as you need.

Payroll – We can provide full payroll services, including TPA contributions and reports, as we currently do for a number of schools.

Teachers’ Pension – We are able to carry out the annual certification work required by TPA.

Tax – We can provide advice on a variety of areas, including the use of subsidiaries and trading through a charity.

Employment tax advice – We can help you prepare of an employer compliance review, consider the correct treatment of accommodation provided to employees and advise on how termination payments should be dealt with.

Governance – We have organised bespoke training for Governors, advised on particular governance issues and can help you design a suitable risk assessment system.

VAT – We have experience advising on capital projects to ensure that any VAT cost is minimised and opportunities are maximised.

We look forward to discussing how we can assist you. Please contact us today for a fee no obligation quote and to discuss your requirements.