Forest School

Primary & Secondary
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This school has 3 parent reviews


College Place
Snaresbrook
London
E17 3PY
+44 (0)20 8520 1744
Pupils
1441
Ages
4 - 18
Gender
Boys and girls taught separately (diamond structure)
Type
Other independent school
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NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
Independent inspection report
97%
NATIONAL AVG. 60%
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) or A*-C including English and maths
73%
NATIONAL AVG. 55%
GCSE results at grade 9-7
DATA
GUIDE

Secondary Data
Explained for parents
17%
NATIONAL AVG. 14%
3 A levels at AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
40.2
A level average point score
NATIONAL AVERAGE 34.3
B
Average A level result
NATIONAL AVERAGE C+
-0.23
A level progress score
GCSE to A level
NATIONAL AVERAGE -0.02
Day
Boarding Type
Available
Scholarship Status
£4,638
to
£6,585
Day Fees Per Term

School Description

Forest School (HMC & IAPS) is a selective independent day school of 1240 pupils on the edge of Epping Forest in north-east London. Within a co-educational environment, boys and girls are taught separately between 7 and 16, with a fully co-educational Pre-Prep and Sixth Form. The School consists of a Preparatory School (IAPS; 4-11), a Boys' School and a Girls' School (HMC 11-18) all on the same site.

Forest School Reviews

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“Brilliant!”
AUTHOR:
I think it is the perfect school for my son. Pleased with everything. My son is extremely happy there.
“Excellent”
AUTHOR:
Excellent teaching and staff. Incredibly pleased with the school. Great facilities.
“Amazing”
AUTHOR:
Really good. Definitely suitable for MY children
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School Noticeboard

News & events from Forest School

Last update: 04 April 2020

DIAMOND SCHOOL

Forest School is London’s only diamond school and is one of the few schools in the country to be structured in this unique way.

This means that our 1,350 boys and girls are taught in single-sex classes at key stages of their education within the same school grounds.

At four, boys and girls are taught together in the Pre-Preparatory School before moving into single-sex classes at seven. From 7-11 in the Preparatory School and then 11-16 in the Senior School, boys and girls are taught separately, before joining a coeducational Sixth Form at 16.

Unlike at single-sex schools, however, boys and girls spend time together during breaks and during co-curricular activities.

Addressing gender stereotypes in the classroom

Forest teachers teach both classes of boys and classes of girls. While the content is the same, our teachers can employ differing techniques of delivery to each group.

Unlike at coeducational schools, Forest teachers can address the differences they see between boys’ and girls’ learning and behaviour. This is important as while some gender-specific traits can aid learning, there are some that are less useful in the classroom.

We know, for example, that in general girls tend to take a more step-by-step approach to learning. Forest teachers see this and can encourage their girls’ classes to take more calculated risks in their work - a quality that tends to come less naturally to girls.

This is particularly important at A level, where pupils need more than just a methodological approach and bite size revision to achieve the very best grades.

Diamond teaching has also enabled the School to encourage a wider definition of masculinity among boys and femininity among girls. There has, for example, been good take up of traditionally male-dominated subjects like physics by girls at Forest.

By challenging gender stereotypes in the classroom and by encouraging boys and girls out of their comfort zones, Forest pupils are gaining skills that both single-sex and coeducational schools cannot teach.

The best of all worlds

A diamond school offers the same benefits of a single-sex education while at the same time encouraging boys and girls to grow together outside of the classroom. The best of all worlds.

THE BOYS' SCHOOL HOUSES - WHICH IS BEST?!

Forest School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.


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