The Forest School, Winnersh

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The Forest School
Forest Logo.jpg
Motto Esse Quam Videri
Established 1957
Type Academy
Principal Mary Sandell
Deputy Head Robin Bertrand
Deputy Head Jonathan Hannam
Head of Sixth Stuart Jackman & Anthony Bainbridge
Chair David Auger
Founder Walter G. Jackson
Location Robin Hood Lane
Winnersh
Wokingham

Berkshire
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
Staff 210
Students 1189
Gender Boys
Ages 11–18
Houses Ashdown, Bramshill, Kielder, Langdale, New, Sherwood, Windsor
Colours Blue and Gold
Formerly named Forest Grammar School
Gender of Sixth Form Mixed
Website www.forest.wokingham.sch.uk

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.[1] Since September 2012, the Forest has educated academy players from local Football League Championship football club Reading FC.[2]

History[edit]

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[3]) 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.[4]

Houses during the grammar period were named after local watercourses,     Kennet,      Thames,      Enborne,      Loddon.

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.

Sport[edit]

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,[citation needed] 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.

House System[edit]

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 will also be allocated the same house. The houses were also allocated animals to represent each house in September 2015.

The seven houses and their animals are:

     Ashdown Antelope

     Bramshill Bear

     Kielder Kite

     Langdale Lion

     New Nighthawk

     Sherwood Shark

     Windsor Wolf

Pastoral Care[edit]

The school offers excellent 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 its own 'Drop In Centre', which consists of the Pastoral Support Officer's office, confidentiality boxes, support rooms and the school counsellors office for each year group and 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[edit]

As a Business and Enterprise specialist, the school encourage their 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[edit]

Forest Enterprises is a group of student-run businesses. All of the divisions are managed by students.

Forest Design

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.

Forest Yearbook

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.

Previous Enterprises[edit]

Forest Lockers

Formerly Rentalocker, the business 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 had left Forest. The school now manages all of the lockers internally.[5]

Forest Tech

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.

Forest Sixth[edit]

Forest Sixth Building in construction during Easter 2015.

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 new state-of-the-art building has ten classrooms, ICT work space, independent study rooms, lecture theatre and cafe.[6]

Significant Events[edit]

  • Caretaker murders wife and leaves body on school grounds (2006).[7]
  • Mary Sandell calls for funding; "6 million" short; gains national attention. (2015).[8]

Subjects taught[edit]

Subject Taught at KS3 Taught at GCSE Taught at A level
Art Compulsory Yes Yes
Biology Part of Science Compulsory Yes
Business Studies No Yes Yes
Chemistry Part of Science Compulsory Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes (and ICT) Yes
Design Technology Compulsory Yes^ Yes
Drama Compulsory Yes Yes
Economics No Yes Yes
English Compulsory Compulsory Yes
French Compulsory Yes Not at present
Geography Compulsory Yes Yes
History Compulsory Yes Yes
Law No No Yes
Mathematics* Compulsory Compulsory Yes
Media Studies No Yes Yes
Music Compulsory Yes No
Photography No Yes Yes
Psychology No No Yes
Physical Education Compulsory Yes Yes
Physics Part of Science Compulsory Yes
PSHE Yes Yes Yes
Religious Education Compulsory Compulsory Not timetabled
Sociology No Yes Yes
Spanish Yes Yes No
Travel & Tourism No No Yes

*Further Maths is optional at A Level (which is due to be removed from the curriculum from September 2017 due to funding cuts) ^Students can opt for one of the following: Electronics, Graphics or Product Design.

Notable former pupils[edit]

The Forest School[edit]

Forest Grammar School[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Forest School, Winnersh". Geograph. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Academy deal done". Reading FC. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  3. ^ {http://www.wokingham-tc.gov.uk/civic/past-mayors}
  4. ^ {http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0154hns Nellie: School Computer}
  5. ^ Forest Lockers | The Forest School
  6. ^ Sixth Form | The Forest School
  7. ^ "Caretaker guilty of wife's murder". BBC. 2006-11-06. Retrieved 2016-05-09. 
  8. ^ Vashisht, Rahul (2015-03-26). "Winnersh school calls for 'fairer funding'". getreading. Retrieved 2016-05-09. 

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