Y10 Forest boys make it to the WOHAA semi-finals at House of Lords

A team of three Forest Y10 pupils have been selected to present at the Wings of Hope Achievement Award semi-final which was held on 9th May at the House of Lords.  Forest’s ‘Team Vision’ consisted of the following Y10 boys who were amongst the youngest to reach the semi-finals:


Maxwell Catmur, Harry Wren and Yuvraj Kalia


Twenty-four teams have been selected from hundreds of entries to present their fundraising achievements to a panel of judges. Each team will have five minutes to present to a panel of judges and could take any form from just plain speaking to video to song, followed by three minutes of questions and answers with the judges.


In order to be selected the boys submitted a ‘Snapshot project’ which details their learning journey as they overcome obstacles to achieving their goal of raising awareness for the charity. They were able to demonstrate progression in all key skills assesses such as Teamwork, Social responsibility, Event planning, Project management, creativity, resilience and communication through organising an innovative raffle and well attended school disco.


The next stage of the competition is a gala dinner where winners across five categories will be announced and the overall winning team will be given the chance to participate in WOHAA’s work in India.  All the winning teams will be given the opportunity of work experience with the charity’s corporate partners – companies such as Boots, Accenture, BBC News, Edelman, Saatchi and Saatchi and British Airways have all worked with WOHAA over the years.




The Wings of Hope is an international children’s charity which provides free education for underprivileged children in India and Malawi. In UK secondary schools we run the Wings of Hope Achievement Awards (WOHAA) a social enterprise programme for 13-18yr olds focusing on building key transferrable skills, improving employability, and giving students the chance to engage in direct social action and explore their own creativity as change-makers of tomorrow. To date, over 32 000 students from over 420 schools have taken part in this programme.




Forest School is an independent day school located on the edge of Epping Forest. It is London’s only diamond structure school providing single-sex teaching in a co-educational environment for girls and boys aged 4-18yrs. Our boys and girls (more than 1,300 in equal proportion) are taught in single-sex classes from the ages of 7-16yrs and in a coeducational environment in the Pre Prep and Sixth Form. For further information, visit www.forest.org.uk or call 020 8509 6541.