A Curriculum for the 21st Century

We provide a distinctive education at Forest that will enable Sixth Formers to thrive in a world of exponential change and exciting challenge. Our curriculum has been developed in consultation with a wide range of university academic and employers. Ultimately, our Sixth Formers leave Forest as independent, informed, proficient, experienced, and aware young citizens, ready to make a positive difference in the world.

All Sixth Formers at Forest strive for academic excellence. At the heart of the Forest Sixth Formers experience are their three A levels. Students who take Further Maths can take four A levels. All students undertake the Extended Project Qualification in Year 12.

Students are also required to sharpen their intellectual curiosity by going beyond the requirements of their A level specifications through the super-curriculum.

The Co-Curriculum is an integral part of Sixth Formers lives at Forest. As well as music, sport, art and drama, there is a thriving practice of students participating, establishing, and leading societies related to their wider interests and skills, as well as giving back to the communities in which they live and work.

As well as the academic curriculum, students in the Sixth Form also have time carved out to undertake an extensive and rigorous Personal Development curriculum which aligns with our values and ensures students are ready for the world beyond Forest. The curriculum is wide ranging and includes the following elements:

Community – managing strong relationships, leadership and engaging with the wider community
Diversity – education on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Dialogue not Debate, and critical engagement with the media
Growth – managing transitions, establishing their own personal vision, engagement with their Next Steps and professional skills
Hard work – building an attitude for success, entrepreneurial skills, skills for hard work
Learning – developing habits of learning for life, the super curricular, communication, creativity and the co-curricular
Responsibility – ensuring students have strong systems and habits, ensuring a positive online presence, financial literacy, personal safety, and sustainability
Wellbeing – mental and physical health, Relationships, Sex & Health Education, harmful substances, Freshers’ week, and gambling