Forest Hall School is a vibrant, happy and ‘good’ school. We have worked extremely hard in recent years to develop a teaching and learning ethos to complement our positive behaviour and community spirit. This is shown in the rapid improvement in results, the judgement made by Ofsted in June 2013 and the general feedback from all who know the school: students; staff; parents; governors; educational partners. We had an extremely disappointing and unforeseen ‘blip’ with English results in August ’13 which significantly impacted on the 5A* - C information, but this has been rectified as anticipated with the outgoing year 11 cohort.
The journey is now entering the next stage: that of moving the school from good to outstanding. Anyone visiting the school will find a community which works for each other as well as for themselves. Students have responsibilities - both in and out of the classroom and staff are happy to give time and thought to more than just the teaching. Education is for life and if opportunities can be grasped and responsibility can be taken, then every student has the ability to reach their personal potential. Hard work is expected and achievement in line with ability is seen as the minimum requirement.
Forest Hall School is intentionally small and this offers real opportunities for students to take on additional responsibilities. Staff know all the students which can’t always be said about large schools. This does mean that we appeal to a wider range of students with differing needs and abilities. We embrace this and ensure that teaching is delivered in ability groups so that those requiring more support and a slower pace are identified and grouped accordingly, whilst ‘high fliers’ are pushed to work faster and harder. Nevertheless, the community approach means that the pastoral side and extra-curricular opportunities are organised in such a way that everyone integrates and experiences the same opportunities.
Forest Hall has both a House system and Vertical Tutor Groups. This ensure that the community approach can actually be divided into smaller ‘families’ whilst also encouraging competition: and not just through sport. Vertical tutoring offers students the chance to mix with older and younger students and develop their own skills as mentors. Research shows that the positive impact this approach has is significant and we certainly feel that it has helped to remove the traditional year group barriers to socialising and getting involved.
From January 2014, FHS will be part of the Burnt Mill Academy Trust.
I hope this information gives you a flavour of what we are about and that you are sufficiently encouraged to join us in working together to make a bigger and even better school.
FHS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young children.