The Co-Curriculum is a crucial part of the life and learning at Forest. While expecting our pupils to demonstrate a strong work ethic in their timetabled lessons, we also recognise how important it is for both practitioners and pupils to develop learning outside of the classroom.

We ask our pupils to try new things, explore new places, learn new skills and experience a real challenge. Visiting a new country, joining a new club or team, or being part of an ensemble or society, is a great way to get the most out of life at Forest.

The Co-Curriculum is there to support every pupil, Year 7 to Year 13, providing them a springboard to discover new skills and develop existing ones.

Clubs and Societies run regularly before school, at lunchtime, and afterschool, and cover a wide range of interests, from sport, music, and drama to mythology, street food, coding, and astronomy.

Pupils can aim for nationals in Hockey, realise their ideas in the 3D Printing Club, and challenge themselves and their peers in the Debating Club. We invite pupils to start their own clubs; recent start-ups have found themselves well-subscribed, taking teams to national competitions. The Warhammer Club was a recent addition to this list, starting with a win at the Basildon Games Workshop heats.

The recognised success of our longer-running programmes encourage these newer clubs and societies to grow, develop and succeed, with our CCF approaching its hundred and fortieth birthday.

Forest continues its history of inspiring excellence within the curriculum in its widest sense with its work with subject experts and external partners: including elite sports coaches, music concerts performed at sold out venues, and regular input from experts in their fields.

As part of our broad curriculum offer, we believe that the opportunity to learn and develop beyond our school gates is crucial to their individualised personal progress. We have a vast programme of educational visits that take pupils from the classroom to destinations both domestic and abroad, working in partnership with the Co-Curricular programme and subject curriculums.

We invite you to explore Co-Curricular at Forest and challenge you to extend your horizons with us.