Mission Statement

Schools are businesses.

I've had almost a year to think about this cliche and the Coronavirus pandemic has brought this into the sharpest focus.

The last year has been devastating in ways we will not understand for a long time:
Lockdown is here to stay in one form or another.

It seems very unlikely that we'll be back to "normal", even by September.
So now is the time for everyone charged with the direction and management of independent schools to fast forward and "virtually realise" what our schools will look like next academic year.

A year away from headship and now self -isolation has given me plenty of time to think - in fact I'm thinking all the time what steps I would take now to avert catastrophe.

I guess any head reading this will echo those thoughts and silently- or audibly- say "come on, wise guy what's the answer!"

At least, I hope that's what they would say.
And I do have some ideas that I know are worth considering...

27 years as a head of a Senior girls boarding school, transformed into 5 schools on-site and one school in China, co-Ed and single-sex, day and boarding, provided multiple challenges and substantial success.

None of this was achieved without the support of governors, staff, students- and most crucially, parents.

Testimonials

What Parents Say

“Moreton is the hugely successful and unique school because of your inspiration, dedication and leadership.”
A past parent

“Thank you for providing a wonderful nurturing environment for our girls; without a doubt it has been the best decision we could have made."
A current parent

What The Media Say

“The many exciting developments over the past 27 years reflect Jonathan’s innovative and visionary leadership...how many schools would start - and complete- a multi million pound project to build a community theatre in the school grounds in this economic climate?”
Shropshire Magazine

“His entrepreneurial spirit, his thinking outside the box, shows in the whole ethos of the place.
He has done remarkable things..”
Good Schools Guide 2019

Coronavirus is not new.

In 2003, the Sars epidemic posed a serious threat: pupils returning from China to Moreton Hall were quarantined on site. Teachers emailed work to students who were looked after by appropriately protected catering and medical staff.

It was only when I began to suffer from atypical pneumonia after a business trip to China that I discovered that I was one of a tiny number of U.K. Sars victims, diagnosed by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, which advised strict isolation measures.

School continued as normal, no students contracted Sars and I made a full recovery.

I tell this story, printed in a recent letter to The Times, to exemplify the importance of decisive action in the months ahead.

This is the most critical time in our post war history.

Please contact me if you need advice, guidance and support.

And perhaps I can help you to ensure the survival of your school.

If you would like to get in touch, contact us Read our testimonials

 

Latest Blog Posts

The Return to School

So back to (Primary) School on June 1st - and some Senior school contact to follow...

Read more...

Charities

I remember hosting a fundraising dinner to provide scholarships and bursaries. One of the guests walked out in a huff - if only she’d known that she was giving money to privileged people at private schools, she wouldn’t have accepted the invitation...

Read more...

All blogs

About Jonathan Forster

Jonathan Forster was the Principal of Moreton Hall School for 27 years before deciding to offer his considerable experience and expertise to other schools via JForster Consulting.

As well as making Moreton an academic success, Jonathan has been lauded for his work in creating a profitable school despite an extremely difficult climate.

In 2018 he successfully launched Moreton Hall China, an international school based on the success of Moreton Hall UK.

The Good Schools Guide says: 

his entrepreneurial spirit, his thinking outside the box, shows in the girls and in the whole ethos of the place. He has done remarkable things and when he eventually does leave, it will take someone very special to take his place.

Read more about Jonathan Forster

What Parents Say

“Moreton is the hugely successful and unique school because of your inspiration, dedication and leadership.”
A past parent

“Thank you for providing a wonderful nurturing environment for our girls; without a doubt it has been the best decision we could have made."
A current parent

What The Media Say

“The many exciting developments over the past 27 years reflect Jonathan’s innovative and visionary leadership...how many schools would start - and complete- a multi million pound project to build a community theatre in the school grounds in this economic climate?”
Shropshire Magazine

“His entrepreneurial spirit, his thinking outside the box, shows in the whole ethos of the place.
He has done remarkable things..”
Good Schools Guide 2019

Chinese Student Recruitment

My business colleague in China is currently providing a bespoke support service for students in China who are accessing online learning at their U.K. school. To ensure that the recruitment of students continues, a U.K. presence will reassure Chinese parents that schools are able to support their children in these challenging time.

Global Expansion

Opening an International School is a key way to encourage ongoing growth and promote a stable new cashflow. However, without the correct support, legal advice, IP and TM protections in place this can be an expensive and time consuming business. JFC have proven experience opening profit making branded schools abroad.

Learn more

Other Services

Chinese Specialist Agent

Dedicated support of a Chinese agent who has over 15 years experience of working with British Independent Schools.

  • Translation of all communications
  • Facilitator of communications with parents
  • 24/7 response to queries from parents
  • Localised testing and financial assurances of bookings