I have never been so busy in advising schools.  Because I have such a detailed perspective on the market, I am asked to work with many schools on their strategic offering.  There is not a region of the country, type of school and commercial challenge that I am not familiar with.

 

My consulting work involves feasibility studies to properly inform amendments to schools’ models:

  • Should we amend our Early Years provision?
  • Should we amend our Saturday provision?
  • Should we amend our boarding offering?
  • Should we extend – or reduce – our age range?
  • Should we consider going co-ed?
  • Should we merge with, or take over, another school?

 

It also involves catchment analysis to understand the characteristics, and sustainability, of the school’s local market:

  • What is happening to our area, over time?
  • How large is our local market, and is it growing or shrinking?
  • How does our local market actually function?
  • How are our competitors faring – financially, and in pupil numbers?
  • How strong is our positioning vs. our competitors? Where are we in the local ‘pecking order’?
  • Is this a good time to be investing in growth, or prudently scaling back?

 

I carry out this work personally.  The above are all topics on which I have delivered masterclasses, as well as managing projects for numerous schools.

 

Mungo Dunnett
February 2020