Forest School (Walthamstow)

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Forest School
Motto In Pectore Robur
(Heart of oak or Strength in the Heart)
Established 1834
Type Independent School
Religion Anglican
Warden Sarah Kerr-Dineen
Location Walthamstow
Greater London
E17 3PY
England Coordinates: 51°35′10″N 0°00′33″E / 51.5861°N 0.0093°E / 51.5861; 0.0093
Students 1,240 (approx.)
Gender Co-educational
Ages 4–18
Houses 14

Royal Blue & White

Former pupils Old Foresters

Forest School is an independent school on the edge of Epping Forest, in Walthamstow in northeast London. The school occupies a large campus around its original Grade II listed Georgian and Victorian terraced buildings.[1]

  • In 1876, Forest School played in the FA Cup, beating Rochester 4-2 in the first round before losing 10-0 to Clapham Rovers.[2]

Some notable OFs include:

  • Academia
    • Bernard Ashmole, archaeologist and art historian
    • Richard J. Evans, historian, Regius Professor of Modern History, University of Cambridge and fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
    • Charles Townshend, historian and Professor of International History at Keele University
  • Civil and diplomatic service
    • Sir Stephen Gomersall KCMG, former ambassador to Japan (1994–2004), Chief Executive of Hitachi Europe
    • Brandon Lewis, Conservative Party Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth
  • Sport
    • Jack Dennis cricketer who played for Essex
    • David Felgate, Tennis player coach of Tim Henman
    • Quinton Fortune, international footballer for South Africa and ex-Manchester United player
    • James Foster, Essex and England Cricket Team wicketkeeper
    • Peter Heard President, Colchester United FC and former Board Member of The Football Association
    • Nasser Hussain, Former captain of England Cricket Team (1999-2003); currently Sky Sports commentator
    • Mark Petchey, former international tennis player and coach to Andy Murray; currently Sky Sports commentator
    • Max Raison, cricketer who played for Essex
    • Hubert Waugh, cricketer who played for Essex and Suffok

There is a longer list of noteworthy Old Foresters on the school's website.


  1. ^ "Forest School Including Main Block and Extensions, Waltham Forest". Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  2. ^ [1]

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