Candidates wishing to join Forest at 16 must first register online to sit the 16+ entrance examination and should indicate the scholarship(s) they wish to apply for and whether they wish to be considered for a bursary.


GCSE requirements

  • At least three grade 7s or above
  • At least three grade 6s or above
  • At least grade 4 in English and Maths
  • ­the required grade at I/GCSE in the qualifying subject/s required for their chosen courses – see the Qualifying Subjects below.

Qualifying Subjects

Guidelines 16+ 2020


Entrance Examination

The examination consists of a 45 minute compulsory Critical Thinking paper and two 45 minute GCSE-level papers from the 14 subjects below:

Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Literature, French, Geography, German, History, Latin or Classical Greek, Mathematics, Physics, Religious Studies or Spanish.

Read more about the Critical Thinking paper and the entrance examinations by subject below.

Critical Thinking paper and the entrance examinations by subject

The two subjects need not be the A-level subjects the candidate subsequently takes at Forest. The examinations will determine whether the candidate will be offered:

  • an interview for a fee-paying place at Forest
  • an interview for a scholarship at Forest


Interview for fee-paying candidates

Candidates will be invited to the School for an interview with members of the Sixth Form team, during which they will have the opportunity to talk about their academic work, their interests and why they want to come to Forest.



Forest School will request a reference from the candidate’s school, asking about academic standard, commitment to study, attendance and co-curricular contributions. We are looking for pupils who are academically able, punctual, committed and willing to get involved with a broad range of activities.


Key dates for 16+ entry September 2020

Open Evening Monday 24 June 2019

Open Day Saturday 21 September 2019

Sixth Form Open Evening Monday 30 September 2019

Closing date for Registrations Friday 18 October 2019 – 12 Noon

Closing date for Non-Academic Scholarship Application Forms and Bursary Friday 8 November 2019 – 12 Noon

16+ Entrance Exam Saturday 16 November 2019 AM

16+ Art Scholarship Exam Saturday 16 November 2019 PM

16+ Non-Academic Scholarship Assessments:

Sport: w/c Monday 18 November 2019

Drama: Tuesday 19 November 2019 PM

Music: Thursday 21 November 2019

16+ Academic Scholarship Interviews w/c Monday 25 November 2019

16+ Fee Paying Interviews w/c Monday 2 December 2019

Offers posted Monday 9 December 2019

Deadline for Acceptance of Offer Wednesday 8 January 2020 – 12 Noon


Interview for Academic Scholarships

Candidates will have a general interview where they will be required to demonstrate intellectual curiosity and a willingness to think about unfamiliar problems. Candidates will also have a subject interview. This will probe further into their understanding of one of the subjects in which they were examined. Scholarship candidates will take part in a group task where they will be required to solve a problem with a group of other candidates.


Additional Awards at 16+

The School may also award Excellence Scholarships in recognition of exceptional attainment or potential in a combination of areas.

Candidates will automatically be considered for Excellence Scholarships if applying for awards in two or more of the above areas. No separate application is necessary.

Up to the equivalent of 1 place is also available to entrants at 16+, sponsored by Mulalley & Company Ltd and the School’s Olympic Fund. Awards in this category are means-tested and are awarded at the discretion of the School to candidates who perform strongly in the 16+ entrance examination and subsequent scholarship interviews who meet the eligibility criteria:


Mulalley & Company Ltd

  • Candidate joins Forest School in the Sixth Form
  • Candidate fulfils Forest School academic entry requirements
  • Previously educated entirely in the state sector
  • Means-tested in line with Forest School bursary requirements
  • No subject requirements


Forest School Olympic Scholarship

  • Candidate joins Forest School in the Sixth Form
  • Candidate fulfils Forest School academic entry requirements
  • Candidate must be resident in one of the Olympic hosting boroughs (Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest)
  • Means-tested in line with Forest School bursary requirements
  • No subject requirements


The Old Foresters’ Scholarship at 16+

The Old Foresters’ Sixth Form Scholarship (up to 25% of one full place) is awarded on ability to the son or daughter of an Old Forester at the discretion of the School. However, where several candidates are eligible, priority will be given according to means–test.