The Martin Centre for Innovation was opened in spectacular fashion in 2013, when pupils and staff gathered in front of the building to say thank you to benefactor Tony Martin.

Mr Martin cut the red ribbon before entering to be welcomed by the Forest School Big Band and assembled guests. All eyes looked to the skies as the Red Devils parachute display team landed in swirls of red smoke on the field. He then spoke to the pupils about how much his schooldays meant to him and encouraged them to make the most of the opportunities the new facility will offer.

The Martin Centre has been designed as a modern digital knowledge centre, equipped with flexible facilities that will provide a welcoming, productive environment where pupils can interact, learn through our virtual library resources and connect to knowledge and expertise worldwide. Forest School is grateful to the Old Foresters’ Club for commissioning the striking sculpture by Marie Boyle of a girl and boy racing forward towards the innovations of the 21st century.

Additional equipment that supports our ambitions to encourage our pupils to be involved in e-learning and in producing innovative digital work has been donated by parents and Old Foresters and the Parents’ Association.