Forest’s co-curriculum is very much at the centre of the School. It’s what makes our pupils stand out from the crowd and it helps give pupils the confidence and ability to excel professionally and personally. There is overwhelming evidence that pupils who involve themselves in the co-curriculum often find that they excel in their academic studies.
Forest offers one of the widest and varied co-curricular programmes in London; pupils can choose anything from horse riding to chess, dissection to debating, drama and a wide range of musical activities to some of the best of sporting offerings. We are always looking to make the programme better and there is a great deal of flexibility. Our co-curricular programme is customised to the pupils at the School, not the other way around.
Our core co-curriculum stems from pupils’ interests and passions. Each term new clubs and societies start at the request of pupils, and at Forest we are fortunate enough to be able to facilitate our pupils’ bright ideas with flexibility – these regularly become successful and well-subscribed, with many leading to national competitions.
It is often said of our co-curriculum that it fully embodies what it means to be a Forest pupil. The Forest Portfolio, which pupils begin in Year 7 and continue into the Sixth Form, is a journal of a pupil’s co-curricular achievements at Forest. It is everything a pupil does at the School outside of the classroom and anything that helps to define them as an individual.