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Schools are increasingly more accountable for their finances in the independent section and the creation of academies and Free Schools. Warrener Stewart's experience in education includes developing a new independent preparatory school.

The Challenge

To open a co-educational, non-selective independent preparatory school in west London from a standing start with no external investment.

With no financial background, two former teachers, Maria and Edward Gardener approached Warrener Stewart to help them in their quest.

The Solution

“The benefit of good advice”

Warrener Stewart worked with the Gardeners from the outset to establish a successful blueprint for opening a privately funded school, Ravenscourt Park Preparatory School. Once established the Gardeners used this model to open a second school in 2004 - Kew Green Preparatory School.

The business has continued to expand under the leadership of the Gardener’s son, Theo Brehony. Ravenscourt Park has doubled in size to accommodate 410 pupils, whilst a new senior school, Kew House School, is due to be opened in September 2013.

The Result

Over the past 25 years Warrener Stewart has helped London Preparatory Schools grow from a start up family business with nil income, to a £10 million business employing over 200 people.

Theo Brehony credits Warrener Stewart’s intimate knowledge of the finer details of their business as being instrumental in helping them grow and manage the business through their rapid expansion.

Client's View

“For the past 20 years Warrener Stewart has consistently given good advice, they have always been supportive of the business and kept up with the pace of change as the business has grown and developed, frequently going above and beyond their remit.”


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Customer Profile

  • Free Schools & Academies
  • Private owner operated schools
  • Start up schools

Business Advice

  • Start up planning
  • Budgeting and forecasting 
  • How to raise finance
  • Implementing financial systems
  • Tax planning and structuring
  • Succession planning
  • Business sale
  • Further acquisition

“Warrener Stewart understands our business; they give us more than any other Accountancy service we have ever received in the past. They are extremely commercially aware and very current when it comes to changes in tax policy. ”
Diana Hoare - Anderson Hoare