Our diamond structure recognises the differences between boys and girls as learners. We teach them separately in the Lower School and Middle School before joining co-educational classes for the two Sixth Form years.
Far from stereotyping either gender, we provide for a range of learning styles and encourage both boys and girls to develop good learning characteristics, habits and behaviours in a classroom environment that is free from self-consciousness.
Pupils receive outstanding pastoral care delivered through the fourteen single-sex Houses. The long-standing House structure at Forest provides the firm foundations which enable our pupils to flourish: they remain in their Houses throughout the Senior School where they are known and valued as individuals, and looked-after by Tutors and Housemasters/Housemistresses who closely oversee their academic progress and personal development.
From Year 7 to Year 13, pupils move up through the three sections of the Senior School, allowing their needs at every stage of their Forest education to be met with age-appropriate support and guidance. The Heads of Section (Head of Lower School -Years 7 & 8: Louise Lechmere-Smith; Head of Middle School -Years 9,10 & 11: Harriet Dyke; Head of Sixth Form -Years 12 & 13: Kate Spencer Ellis) all work closely with House staff to monitor every pupil’s progress.
The result is a friendly, caring and diverse community of talented pupils and staff who enjoy working in a school that is structured to create supportive and comfortable spaces for every pupil to flourish.