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.
On Thursday 7th November students from Heathcote, LAE Stratford, Woodbridge High, Highams Park School and Trinity School attended the Living Autopsy event. Our Head of Medical Applications (and qualified pathologist) took them through what happens during a post mortem exam. These events are specifically designed to help enlighten students to range of career pathways not just ones that require a medical degree.
On Friday 8th November students from LAE Stratford and Forest came together for the first historical symposium. This event was an opportunity for students to go beyond the confines of the A Level syllabus – critical for university applications.
On Friday 8th November students from Hackney City Academy and Langdon Park School joined Forest year 11s and 6th formers for a fascinating look at the misuse of numbers and the distortion of survey statistics to prove a point. This enrichment event was attended by over 200 students.
The Tempest workshops
During November the Forest Drama Team ran drama-led literacy workshops for over 580 students in 13 local schools. The workshops helped the children explore the characters, themes and plot of The Tempest while developing their grasp of the complex Shakespearian language.
As part of Interfaith Week at Forest School; our pupils joined together with two local schools – Norlington Boys School and Eden Girls School to take part in Faith and Belief workshops. The workshops are part of the Linking Schools Programme resourced by the national organisation Faith and Belief Forum. The schools link programme brings together local schools from diverse backgrounds three times a year to facilitate exploration of issues around community and belief.
We’re also working hard – year round – on the following regular outreach activities:
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 = 10
Number of students reached = over 1,100
Number of schools reached = over 20