Welcome from the Headmaster

My name is Jonathan Forster and I am Headmaster of Mayfield School.

I was appointed Interim Headmaster in April and I am delighted to continue in this role until a new head has been appointed to lead this wonderful school.

My first impressions of Mayfield, I know, will resonate with you when you visit the school.

Friendly and well mannered girls, welcoming staff, glorious grounds and impressive facilities: Mayfield has all that and more.

Academically the school describes itself as “gently selective”, but the results at GCSE and A level rival the most selective of schools.

The Catholic ethos of the school, founded by Cornelia Connelly at Mayfield over 150 years ago is a core factor in creating a culture of kindness and generosity, an environment where every girl is given an opportunity to be the best version of herself, to maximise her potential both inside and outside the classroom.  Cornelia believed that actions were more important than words and this belief is embodied within community service projects and the school’s support for students of all faiths and none.

We seek to be a flagship school for health and wellbeing and are delighted that a new Wellbeing Centre is nearing completion which will enhance further our commitment to excellent pastoral care.

As Headmaster I lead a team; my colleagues Mrs Deborah Bligh as Senior Deputy Head (Pastoral) and Mrs Annabel Bunce, Deputy Head Academic, ensure the smooth running of the school on a day to day basis.

All staff, both inside the classroom and in pastoral, administrative and support positions are essential to the wellbeing of the pupils.

Mayfield is a centre of excellence in so many areas, boasting a magnificent equestrian centre, a stunning Ceramics department and outstanding science teaching.

This website gives a flavour of what the school offers but of course you must visit us, meet me and the staff and, most importantly, meet the girls who will guide you on your tour.  You will then be equipped to decide for yourself that Mayfield is the only choice for your daughter, because Mayfield is so much more than a school.

Mayfield is a way of life.

I look forward to meeting you very soon.

Jonathan Forster

Jonathan Forster has worked in the Independent Education Sector for almost 40 years as an English Teacher, Head of Department,  House Master in charge of Girls and Principal of Moreton Hall, a girls' day and boarding school in Shropshire.

He was educated at Shrewsbury School and Leeds University and is married to Paula and has two grown up daughters, three granddaughters and one grandson!

Jonathan is passionate about girls only education and has contributed to several publications and media broadcasts on the value of single sex education.

Prior to taking up the appointment at Mayfield, Jonathan was also working as a consultant for the Good Schools Guide.

Jonathan and Paula are loving their stay at Mayfield, and both look forward to contributing to every aspect of school life.