Forest School (Horsham)

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The Forest School
Forest School, Horsham Logo.png
Motto Where Boys Learn best
Established c.1944
Type Boys' comprehensive secondary
Headteacher Ms Siobhan Denning
Chair of Governors Mr C Purvis
Location Comptons Lane
West Sussex
RH13 5NW
England Coordinates: 51°03′34″N 0°18′24″W / 51.05948°N 0.30672°W / 51.05948; -0.30672
Local authority West Sussex
DfE URN 126065 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 120
Students 1500
Gender Boys
Ages 11–16

The Forest School is a comprehensive secondary school for boys in Horsham, West Sussex. It educates approximately 1100 boys between the ages of 11 and 16 and is a specialist Engineering and Business and Enterprise College. It is one of only three maintained boys' schools in West Sussex, and liaises closely with Millais School, the girls' school in the town. It was formerly an 11-18 secondary modern school, becoming an 11-16 comprehensive in 1976.


The school began its life following the separation of the Oxford Road senior school into separate schools for boys and girls in the mid-1940s. The boys' school - then named Horsham secondary modern school for boys - moved to its current campus in Comptons Lane in 1954. In 1958, the girls' school was relocated to a nearby site, and both schools were renamed under the Forest name, leading to the opening of the Forest secondary boys' school.[1]

In 1976, education in the town was reorganised to form three comprehensive schools and a separate sixth form college in place of the existing grammar and secondary modern structure. The Forest school was reconstituted as an 11-16 boys comprehensive, with sixth form provision moving to The College of Richard Collyer.[1]

In 2008, the past 'Houses' (Tudor, Stuart, Lancaster, and York) were disbanded, and new "communities" were formed (Dyson, Hawking, Branson and Marconi respectively). The School has also introduced a 'Vertical Tutor Group' system, which was put into practice June 22, 2009.

At the end of 2009 The Forest School Radio was launched. The radio itself is run by students, and the episodes are downloadable podcasts usually available weekly.

On Friday the 23rd of April 2010 the redesigned school website was launched complete with virtual learning facilities, which are now used mostly for homework and revision material. The website was created by Cleverbox,[2] who also designed other materials for the school, including prospectus designs and van artwork.[3]

The entrance to Forest Boys School


The school's current buildings were first opened in 1974, and many of the buildings still in use today date from that time. Its 20-acre (81,000 m2) site also houses the Business & Enterprise Centre, which contains 6 computer-equipped classrooms and a 200-seater auditorium,[4] and is also used by local groups after school time.[5] The building cost £1.5 million,[6] and was officially opened on 18 October 2006.[7]


The school has consistently achieved higher than the national average, with a consistent amount of pupils achieving a very high level.

2012 [8] 2013 [9] 2014 [10]
10 or more A*/A 29 20 17
5 A*-C (inc English & Maths) 62% 68% 67%
5 A*-C 84% 85% 83%
A*-G 98% 100% 100%
Special Mentions 6 Pupils - 12 A/A*, 6 Pupils - 13 A/A*, 3 Pupils - 14 A/A* 5 Pupils - 11 A/A*, 1 Pupil - 13 A/A*, 1 Pupil - 15 A/A* 5 Pupils - 12 A/A*, 1 Pupil - 13 A/A*, 4 Pupils - 14 A/A*

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The school's uniform consists of black trousers, a white shirt (long or short sleeves) a black v-necked jumper (with the school's logo) and a tie with stripes the colour of the community. Prefects wear the same uniform except for the shirt, where instead of white they wear blue and a thinner-striped community-coloured tie. Senior Prefects also wear a badge stating their role. It is often worn on the tie and is the Community colour. There are 16 Senior Prefects. Head Boy and Deputy Head Boy have an all black tie with a blue stripe along the bottom, also with a badge. In 2010, a new summer uniform was introduced which consists of a black polo shirt with the school's logo and community name, instead of the usual white shirt with tie. The uniform however returns to normal during the winter.

Special Events[edit]

The School hosts many events organised by staff and pupils. This includes football matches between the students and the teachers (the school also has its own football, rugby, and cricket team). Also there is an annual Performance evening, which is a variety of Drama, Dance, PE, Music, Art and much more. In June 2009, a new annual event was introduced called 'The FM Factor', a talent show featuring pupils from both Forest and Millais school (hosted at Forest) in which pupils perform various acts, dancing, singing, acting, stand up comedy, etc. In 2009, the contest was won by Michael Jackson Tribute Group "The Thrillerz", who performed a medley of Jacksons hits from the 80's. In July 2009, three pupils organised and choreographed a 'Teacher's got talent' show. It was a variety of musical performances from the staff - also featuring successful acts from the 2009 FM Factor. The event raised £500 which went towards a local school for children with disabilities. In June/July 2010 the school collaborated with Millais School to produce a production of 'Billy Elliot: The Musical' in celebration of the shows 5th anniversary in the west end. It was performed at The Capitol Theatre in Horsham and was a huge success with three sold out performances. On the second to last night of the summer term the school held the second FM Factor, the winners being Tribal Gaffa Tape who performed The Tesco Song. In April 2011 the school put on a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. The School has also become regular entrants to the UK Rock Challenge. Its awards from this include 'Performers Choice' and 'Drugs Awareness Award' in 2009, 'Best Staging' in 2010, and 'Best Backstage Crew' in both 2009 and 2010.

In March 2012 the school put on a production of We Will Rock You (musical) with four performances over three days.


Over the years the school has raised a lot of money for various charities with events such as Non-uniform days, cake sales, teacher vs pupil events, and much more. They also asked pupils to bring in various items from their homes to be sent off to Haiti after the devastating earthquakes. In November 2013, The School raised £1500 for the 2013 Philippines Disaster [11][12]


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  4. ^ "Forest School – Business & Enterprise Centre". Favourite Cat website. Favourite Cat. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  5. ^ "Facilities for Hire - The Forest School". The Forest School website. The Forest School. Retrieved 2014-10-23. 
  6. ^ "Latest NEws". F&G website. Felce & Guy Partnership Architects. 2006. Retrieved 2009-01-04. [dead link]
  7. ^ "THE FOREST SCHOOL, Horsham". F&G website. Felce & Guy Partnership Architects. Retrieved 2009-01-04. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Forest School maintains excellent GCSE results". The Forest School. Retrieved 2014-10-23. 
  9. ^ "Forest School celebrates excellent results". The Forest School. Retrieved 2014-10-23. 
  10. ^ "Forest School celebrates another year of fantastic GCSE results". The Forest School. Retrieved 2014-10-23. 
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