The Forest School, Winnersh
|The Forest School|
Robin Hood Lane
|Motto||Esse Quam Videri|
|Founder||Walter G. Jackson|
|Department for Education URN||139853 Tables|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Houses||Ashdown, Bramshill, Kielder, Langdale, New, Sherwood, Windsor|
|Colour(s)||Blue and gold|
|Formerly named||Forest Grammar School|
|Gender of sixth form||Mixed|
The Forest School is an all-boys secondary school and mixed sixth form with academy status, located in Winnersh, Berkshire, England. It is located on Robin Hood Lane, the B3030 road, next to Winnersh railway station. Since September 2012, the Forest has educated academy players from local Football League Championship football club Reading FC.
The 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), the first headmaster of the school. Jackson retired in 1968, to be replaced by 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 a story on 5 February 1969 about how the school used this computer to teach the pupils.
The Forest School became a comprehensive school in 1974. It has been a Business and Enterprise College since 2003 and was appointed by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust as the "Enterprise Hub School for Berkshire" in 2006. On 1 July 2013 Forest School formally converted to academy status.
In 2006 the school's under 15s (U15) football team won the National Cup. In 2007 the school's under 16s (U16) football team were runners up in the National Cup, losing narrowly to the opposition. In 2009 the school's under 14s (U14) football team were runners up in the National Cup, losing 2-1 to Audenshaw School. The match took place at Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium in front of over 600 Forest School supporters.
The school has also produced several 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.
There are currently seven houses at The Forest School, all named after English forests. Students are given a house upon entry in Year 7, and any future siblings are placed in the same house. The houses were assigned animals in September 2015.
The seven houses and their animals are:
The school offers pastoral care to all students. Whenever possible, students keep the same Form Tutor and Head of Year throughout Years 7-11. The school currently has a 'Drop In Centre' which consists of the Pastoral Support Officer's office, confidentiality boxes[clarification needed], support rooms and the school counsellor's office for each year group. A group of trained mentors are also on hand in the area before school and at break and lunchtimes to offer peer support to students.
Business and Enterprise specialism
As a Business and Enterprise specialist, the school encourages pupils to develop their own businesses. Students are involved in managing a business, talking to potential clients, producing quotes and providing goods and services to both internal and external clients.
Forest Enterprises is a group of student-run businesses. All of the divisions are managed by students.
Forest Design is a graphic design company run by selected students that create graphics for customers clients both within and outside of the school. Examples of well-known clients are Wokingham Borough Council and BBC Radio Berkshire.
Each year, a small number of Year 11 students are selected to create the annual Year 11 yearbook. The students are responsible for all aspects of the creation of the yearbook, including the design, pricing, advertising and printing stages.
Forest Lockers, formerly Rentalocker, was an internal company that offered 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 all of the lockers in the school. Forest Lockers ended operation in September 2015 after Chan left Forest. The school now manages all of the lockers internally.
Forest Tech is a company specialising in web and app design service for internal and external clients. It has now created a website for a local sports council, an app for the school and many other tools used by students.
The school won a bid in early 2014 to build a new sixth form centre. The planning application was approved on Monday 19 January 2015. The building has ten classrooms, ICT work space, independent study rooms, lecture theatre and cafe.
- Caretaker murders wife and leaves body on school grounds (2006).
- Mary Sandell calls for funding; "6 million" short; gains national attention (2015).
|Subject||Taught at KS3||Taught at GCSE||Taught at A level|
|Biology||Part of Science||Compulsory||Yes|
|Chemistry||Part of Science||Compulsory||Yes|
|Computer Science||Yes||Yes (and ICT)||Yes|
|Physics||Part of Science||Compulsory||Yes|
|Religious Education||Compulsory||Compulsory||Not timetabled|
|Travel & Tourism||No||No||Yes|
* Further Maths is optional at A Level. ^ Students can opt for one of the following: Electronics, Graphics or Product Design.
Notable former pupils
The Forest School
- Jake Cooper - defender currently playing for Millwall
- Jon Harper - former drummer from the Cooper Temple Clause
- Daniel Howell - YouTube personality and former BBC Radio 1 DJ
- Danny Kingston - European Judo Champion 1996
- Steven Lewington - former professional wrestler, known for performing as DJ Gabriel on ECW
- Mark Littlewood - political commentator and Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, a free market think tank based in Westminster, London
- Alfie Mawson - defender currently playing for Swansea City A.F.C.
- Ian Parton - lead singer and founder of the Go! Team
- Nathan Tyson - former Reading and England Under-20 side; was at Reading FC and now plays at Fulham
- Marcus Willis - British tennis player ranked 772th in the world, playing at Wimbledon 2016
Forest Grammar School
- Dr John Bramley - President of the University of Vermont, 2011-2012
- Prof Martin Chalkley - Professor of Health Economics from 2011 at the University of York and Professor of Economics at the University of Dundee, 1999-2011; President of the Scottish Economic Society, 2006-2008
- Prof Ivor Goodson -  Professor of Learning Theory since 2004 at the University of Brighton; Professor of Education at the University of East Anglia, 1996-2004
- Dr Trevor Hince - Director since 2004 of The Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine
- Michael Anthony Price LVO - High Commissioner to Fiji, 2000–02
- "The Forest School, Winnersh". Geograph. Retrieved 21 January 2011.
- "Academy deal done". Reading FC. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- Higgins, Chris (4 June 2017). "Watch Nellie, the British School Computer of 1969". Mental Floss. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
- Nellie: School Computer. Tomorrow's World. BBC. 5 February 1969. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
- Forest Lockers | The Forest School
- Sixth Form | The Forest School
- "Caretaker guilty of wife's murder". BBC. 6 November 2006. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
- Vashisht, Rahul (26 March 2015). "Winnersh school calls for 'fairer funding'". getreading. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
- Martin Chalkley
- Ivor Goodson