Forest School, Winnersh

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Forest School
Motto Esse Quam Videri
Established 1957
Type Academy
Headteacher Mary Sandell
Chair Bill Crawford
Founder Walter G. Jackson
Location Robin Hood Lane

RG41 5NE
England Coordinates: 51°25′54″N 0°52′40″W / 51.43174°N 0.87773°W / 51.43174; -0.87773
DfE number 872/4050
DfE URN 139853 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 11503
Gender Boys
Ages 11–18
Houses Ashdown, Windsor, New, Sherwood, Kielder, Langdale, Bramshill

Blue and Yellow

Formerly named Forest Grammar School
Gender of Sixth Form Mixed
Website Forest School

Forest School is an all-boys secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in Winnersh, Berkshire, England. The school was judged to be "Good" with some "Outstanding" aspects in its most recent OFSTED inspection.[1] It is located on Robin Hood Lane, the B3030 road, next to Winnersh railway station.[2] As of August 2012, the Forest has agreed a partnership with local Football League Championship football club Reading FC to educate a group of 14 year old academy players at the school.[3]


Grammar school[edit]

Forest School began as Woodley Hill Grammar School in 1957, becoming the Forest Grammar School. The school was founded by Walter G. Jackson (also the mayor of Wokingham in 1953[4]) who was the first headmaster of the school. Mr Jackson retired in 1968, to be replaced by Mr J. Piercy.

In November 1965, the Nestlé company donated an Elliott 405 computer to the school, which was a first generation valve computer. The BBC science television programme Tomorrow's World broadcast an article on 5 February 1969 about how the school used this computer to teach the pupils.[5]

Houses during the grammar period were named after local watercouses, Kennet (red), Thames (yellow), Embrook (blue), Loddon (green).


The Forest School became a comprehensive school in 1974. It has been a Business and Enterprise College (BEC) since 2003 and was appointed by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust as the "Enterprise Hub School for Berkshire" in 2006.

Each student at the Forest is allocated to one of seven houses; Ashdown, Bramshill, Kielder, Langdale, New, Sherwood and Windsor. The current headteacher is Mary Sandell, who replaced Keith Quine in 2014.


On 1 July 2013 Forest School formally converted to academy status.

Staff History[edit]

On 9 November 2013 headteacher Keith Quine announced he will be retiring at the end of the school year, in August 2014.[6] Mary Sandell has been appointed as Principal and Director of Education from September 2014.[7]

On 23 July 2014 Headteacher Keith Quine retired from working at The Forest School. Mary Sandell is appointed the new Headteacher.


In 2006 The school U15 Football team won the National Cup. In 2007 The school U16 Football team (identical to the Under 15 squad) were runners up in the National Cup, losing narrowly to the opposition. In 2009 The school U14 Football team were runners up in the National Cup, losing 2 - 1 to Audenshaw School, the match was staged at Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium in front of over 600 Forest School supporters.

The school has also produced several fine rugby players, the most notable being Rhodri McAtee, ex-England school boy who is now consistently selected for the Welsh International Sevens team, whilst playing for Cornish Pirates in National League One.

Business and Enterprise Specialism[edit]

As part of its business and enterprise specialism, students at the Forest are encouraged to take part in a wide range of business-related extra curricular activities. These have involved enterprise days, work experience, mock interview days, a young chamber of commerce,[8] and more recently the Forest Podcast,[9] Wokingham Business Academy[10] and a Young Enterprise group.

Current enterprises[edit]

The school currently supports multiple student-led businesses.[11] such as Forest Design (A graphic design company run by selected students that create graphics for customers clients both within and outside of the school)[12]. Another student run business is Forest Lockers, an internal company that offers metal lockers around the school for use of the students as a replacement for the old wooden lockers that were very run down and insecure, initially run by its creator, student Wing-Hou Chan, as an entry for the Tycoon in Schools competition, it now owns nearly all of the lockers in the school.[13]

Magistrates Mock Trial[edit]

The Forest entered a team into the Citizenship Foundation competition for several years now, led by Head of Law, Rona Noble. In 2007, the team came 4th in the Reading heat, the case was a charge of animal cruelty. In 2008, the team came first in the Reading heat, went through to the regional final, at Reading Crown Court, on 17 May 2008. The Forest team failed to get through to the national finals.

On 14 March 2009, Forest School battled it out against other schools in the Reading area. The Forest School came 3rd, and received a place in the Regional Finals later in the year, in May. Unfortunately, after two successful cases, against two very good schools, The Forest team lost out on a place at the National Finals in Manchester.

Notable former pupils[edit]

  • Ashley Mitchell, Reading (1999–2008) Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C (2009–2010) Basigstoke Town F.C (2010–2011) and England Youth international Under-16 side.
  • Mike Lamb, Director at Pfizer.

Forest Grammar School[edit]


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