Executive Advisors

Mr John and Mrs Janet Harrison

Mr and Mrs Harrison successfully ran Moorland School from 1988 to 2003 as Proprietary Headteachers. Their son Mr Jonathan Harrison took back control of the operational management of the school from Mr Smith in January 2010. 

Under Jonathan Harrison’s leadership and management, the school has flourished, and proudly now offers Sixth Form education, internationally renowned ballet and football academies, and partnerships including those with the Scottish FA, Manchester City FC and Blackburn Rovers FC.  

Mr and Mrs Harrison continue to offer their guidance, lending support and advice within their capacity as Executive Advisors.  Mr Jonathan Harrison is the Proprietor of the School and he can be contacted via the School Office both in and outside of term, as can the Executive Advisors.

The Executive Advisors bring to governance their considerable experience of managing schools.
Independent Schools Inspectorate

Under our son’s management, Moorland continues to offer a strong traditional sense of family values, which are underpinned by decency and respect, and this creates, nurtures and manages our reputation of providing a happy, caring and confident learning environment where all can achieve in confidence to their full academic and social potentials.
Mr & Mrs Harrison

Executive Advisors

Our Mission

To bring together the regions strongest team of highly qualified, caring, competent and dedicated professionals in the assurance of academic, footballing and dance excellence

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board was formed in October 2017 and comprises of both past and present parents with members having a vast and varied range of experience and qualifications.

The Advisory Board meet a minimum of once a term and was formed to give the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team the benefit of their skills, experience and wisdom when dealing with safeguarding, operational policy and strategic direction.

The Advisory Board members include: 

  • Mr Robin Bower, Partner in a local legal firm
  • Mr Martin Molyneux, Senior Director of his own chain of pharmaceutical companies
  • Mr Brett Burby, Director of his own electrical mechanical engineering company
  • Mrs Catherine Marhraoui, a restaurant owner
  • Mr Theo Viljoen, an Entrepreneur and Director of an investment company

(Please note that both Mr Robin Bower and Mr Martin Molyneux sit on the Complaints Panel, along with one nominated independent body. Please refer to our Complaints Policy within this section of our website).

The Advisory Board can be independently contacted via their dedicated email address: advisoryboard@moorlandschool.co.uk


To be recognised as a world-class educational, footballing and ballet international day and boarding school


  • Caring is our passion
  • Nurturing of respectful decent young minds
  • To be tolerant, warm and accepting of all faiths and cultures
  • To actively encourage warmth, truth, honesty and integrity
  • Building upon academic, social and emotional confidences
  • Celebrating successes whilst supporting weaknesses
  • To differentiate fully to meet all SEND needs
  • Driving excellence through endeavour
  • Senior Leadership to listen, reflect and improve upon feedback
  • Delivering on our promises
My Daughter started in the 2-3 room and is now ready to leave Pre-School. The care that the staff have given has been exceptional.

In all her areas of development she has progressed massively, and I can only think that this is down to the careful planning for each individual child.

My child being able to access gymnastic sessions and being able to participate in Bilinguasing has been one of the many highlights of bringing my child to Moorland. I can’t thank the staff team enough for all that they do.

Mrs Jennifer Allen Proud Mother of Current Pupil

My son started going to Moorlands nursery in February this year, he was only 10 months old. And hand on heart, I couldn’t ask for a better place to leave my little man. The staff have always made me feel so relaxed leaving him in their care. They are wonderful; I cannot praise them enough for all their continuing work they do for him. His development is amazing, and I put a lot of that down to the staff and the environment that he goes to. Hands down he will stay there and hopefully continue into the school if the nursery has anything to go by my son will have a very good time at Moorlands school too.

Mrs Julie Dawson Mother of Early Years Pupil

My four children aged 8, 8, 4 and 3 all attend Moorland School, Preschool and Nursery respectively.

When my husband and I visited the school for the first time, we were struck by the affection the children showed to their teachers. The nursery, pre-school and juniors have a warm and easy going atmosphere. The atmosphere the children enjoy is very much a home from home experience. Teachers are empathetic and approachable, friendships are nurtured alongside gentle discipline and children are given appropriate responsibilities and strive to meet their teacher’s expectations of good behaviour. Children’s thoughts and opinions are listened to and respected, and self-directed learning is encouraged. They are not overburdened with homework and an emphasis on learning through play is fostered before age 7.

My children have thrived and blossomed at Moorland, and I doubt I can find another school locally which can match Moorland in terms of facilitating a love for learning and creating that family atmosphere in the classroom.

Iona Connor Mother of Junior Pupil

Being a military family, we have moved around a lot at the cost of our children’s education. Being part of the moorland family has seen our child grow from strength to strength not just educationally but personally as well. For the first time she is settled and is enjoying school and making friends that will last a life time.

The decision to send our children to boarding school was not a decision we took lightly, but as each day pasts and we see her grow and enjoy every element of Moorland life, From the unique teaching styles, extra-curricular clubs, evening events in the boarding house and the fun packed weekend trips we know we made the right decision in choosing Moorland School.

Vicky & Scott Green Boarding Parents

Our children started their Moorland journey 7 years ago, and it has proved to be the best move we could have made.  Both Dominic and Gabrielle were made to feel right at home from day one.

We have seen the School go from strength to strength, whilst not losing the ‘family’ feel and their core values. Dominic achieved 11 GCSEs at Grade C and above, way above what previous schools were telling us he was capable of.

Gabrielle still attends Moorland, and we continue to see her flourish with the support of the caring teaching team and school staff.  Gabrielle is encouraged by her teachers, and afforded their complete time, support and energy.  The latter helps her confidences in the social and academic sense.

As a family, it is paramount to know that your children are safe, happy and reaching their true potential.  At Moorland, we know that this is truly the case for our children.

The Cheetham Family Parents of Former Pupils

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