Forest School,森林中学 森林学校
Near Snaresbrook, London E17 3PY
Tel: 020 8520 1744 Fax: 020 8520 3656
• BOYS, GIRLS, MIXED SIXTH, 4–18 Day, 11–18 Boarding (full & weekly) for boys
• Pupils 1175, Upper sixth 125
• Termly fees £2611–£3377 (Day), £5294 (Boarding)
• Enquiries/application to the Warden
What it’s like
Founded in 1834 as a boys’ school, The Forest Proprietary School. It became
Forest School in 1847 and has a big campus in an open part of Epping Forest.
Girls were first accepted in 1981 and, although they share the same campus, boys
and girls are taught separately between the ages of 7 and 16; the sixth form is
co-educational. The original Georgian building is used for dormitories, offices
etc. There have been many additions, including a theatre, a sports hall, a large
computer centre, DT, drama and art block and library extension. Excellent
playing fields cover the 27 acres. Religious worship is in accordance with
Anglican faith and practice and all pupils are required to attend services in
chapel. A broad general education is provided and examination results are very
good. The music, drama and art departments are strong. A good range of sports
and games is available and all pupils are expected to take part in these. There
are many regional and county representatives and standards are high in many
sports. Extra-curricular activities are numerous. There is a big commitment to
local community services. Full use is made of the cultural amenities of London.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 4–18; 1175 pupils (600 boys, 575 girls),
of whom some 10 are boarding boys. Senior department 11–18, 960 pupils (490
boys, 470 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 4, 7, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used; for
sixth-form entry, 6 GCSEs at least grade C (grade B in sixth-form subjects).
State school entry 50% senior intake, plus 85% new entrants to sixth form.
Scholarships & bursaries 16 pa scholarships, value £700–£2716 per
term: 10 academic, 1 art, 1 drama and 4 music (including 9 at 11, 4 at 16). 5
bursaries at 11 and 16.
Head & staff
Warden: A G Boggis, in post from 1992. Educated at Marlborough and at
universities of Oxford (modern languages) and Cambridge (education). Previously
Master-in-College (Housemaster to Kings’ Scholars) at Eton and Assistant Master
at Hitchin Boys’ School.
Teaching staff: 104 full time, 10 part time. Annual turnover 5%.
GCSE: In 2003, 143 pupils in fifth: 96% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects; 4% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 61.
A-levels: 124 in upper sixth. Average final point score achieved by upper
sixth formers 345.
University & college entrance 95% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (19% after a gap year), 9% to Oxbridge. 6% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 37% in science & engineering, 6% in
law, 40% in humanities & social sciences, 4% in art & design, 6% in vocational
subjects. Others typically go direct in to employment (often in City).
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 25 GCSE subjects, 20 AS/A-level
(including computer studies).
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level (usually
including a contrasting subject), 3–4 at A-level excluding general studies. Key
skills integrated into courses; not formally assessed.
Vocational: Work experience available; also RSA Stage 1 word processing
and Stages 1 and 2 computer literacy.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE, AS and A-level.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1 lesson/week in Years 7–9) and
across the curriculum. 300 computers for pupil use (7 hours a day), all
networked and with email and internet access. Laptops with radio networking in
library. Most pupils take Clait.
Music: Up to 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 20 musical groups including orchestras, choirs, jazz bands,
chamber groups etc; organ and choral scholarships award to Oxbridge.
Drama & dance: Drama and dance offered. Some pupils are involved in
school productions and house/other productions.
Art & design: On average, 25 take GCSE, 10 AS and A-levels. Design,
pottery, textiles, photography also offered. All A-level students attain
first-choice places on art & design courses.
Sport & activities
Sport: Wide range of sports compulsory under the PE programme; 20+ sports
and activities. A number of national, regional, county and district
representatives at hockey, netball, football, athletics, cross-country, fencing,
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. CCF and community service optional. Up to 15 clubs, eg chess, choral,
debating, film, music, natural history, photography, science, voluntary service,
Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, monitors head boy/girl,
head of house and house prefects and monitors – appointed by the Warden.
Religion: Attendance at religious worship compulsory.
Social: ESU speaking competitions held jointly with other local schools.
Pupils allowed to bring own car to school. Meals formal. School shop. No tobacco
or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect no
punishment, possibly detention; those caught smoking cannabis on the premises
might expect expulsion.
Former pupils Nickolas Grace, Adam Woodyatt, Anthony Venditti, Nicola
Walker (actors); Mark Petchey, David Felgate (tennis); Nasser Hussain, James
Foster (cricket); Jangu Banatvala (medicine); Michael Swash (neurology); Quinton
Fortune (football); John Matthews (building); Richard Holmes (historian); Tolga
Kashif (composer); Colin Smith (horseracing).