At the moment, independent schools are quite rightly being asked to demonstrate that they provide a public benefit and although we can never solve the problem of the whole education sector our impact on the local community remains a considerable one.
We can add value by making Forest more accessible to pupils who don’t have the financial means to pay for school fees as well as offering support for pupils in their own schools which we do across a wide array of projects.
We are working hard on both these fronts and the following event highlights from the last few weeks proves just that point.
Forest Thrive Network
On 28th Nov we opened our doors to the second Forest Thrive Network event – which saw 15 local schools come together to address the issues and trends of mental health and wellbeing that they are witnessing in their settings. The visiting schools heard from Mike Armiger, an expert in mental health and seasoned trainer and coach.
The Forest Thrive Network will meet at Forest School half termly throughout the year.
Forest Futures Digital Event
On 28th November we hosted our Forest Futures Digital event. We welcomed a panel of specialist speakers directly from the Technology Industry fielding a Q+A session and discussing the future of Tech and careers in Tech. Over 40 pupils from local schools and Forest attended this careers-focussed event.
Forest Futures Law Event
On 30th November we held a Forest Futures Law event. Four expert lawyers came to School to talk about careers in law and what being a legal professional entails.
Over 50 pupils attended from 5 local schools and our own school. The carousel of small, break-out discussion groups, meant that the pupils could really dig down into the detail about careers in law.
Forest School 6th Form Hub
On Monday 2nd December we welcomed four local partner schools to our sixth form hub network. The event enables Forest and partner schools to come together to collectively discuss key trends and points of interest within sixth form school life.
Year 6 Maths Day
On Wednesday 4th December over 40 year 6 students from local schools came to Forest for an afternoon of maths puzzling, thinking, pattern spotting and problem solving. The sessions were led by students from year 11 and our sixth form.
Live Lounge Night
On Friday 6th December Forest pupils hosted an internal open mike event; raising money and awareness for the charity Amnesty International.
Oxbridge interviews and year 11 interviews
As the term drew to a close Forest staff led Oxbridge Interview practice for students from 2 local partner schools.
Plus our Deputy Warden and Head of Middle School visited Leytonstone School to help year 11 students practise interview techniques and take the opportunity to discuss career planning and next steps.
Critical Thinking Skills sessions with LAE Stratford
The Forest 6th form team lead a critical thinking skills session for students from LAE Stratford and Forest on a weekly basis.
These are particularly aimed at students who are undertaking competitive university admissions processes, including sitting test (such as the TSA or BMAT) and academic interviews.
Working in collaboration with other schools takes students outside of their comfort zone and prepares them for the competitive element of the wider university experience
Teaching Music in local primary schools
The Forest Music Department parachute into six local primaries across the year to teach a unit of music in each school half termly.
Teaching Science in local primary schools
The Forest Science Department parachute into six local primaries across the year to teach a unit of science in each school half termly.
Additional Maths for Year 11
The Forest Maths Department run regular weekly after school maths lessons for the pupils of two locally maintained school – Frederick Bremer and WSFG.
Free use of coding tech
Forest School loans out raspberry pis and microbits coding boxes to local maintained schools on a rolling termly basis.
THIS MONTH IN NUMBERS
Number of activities delivered = 13
Number of students reached = over 700
Number of schools reached = over 40