OF News Michaelmas 2016

Season's Greetings from Sue and Sam in the Alumni Office!

A seasonal quiz! Can you identify the Forest School caps and hats? If you know your 1st XI Cricket from your Junior Football let me know at alumni@forest.org.uk

The Warden Writes...

Welcome to the Michaelmas edition of the Old Forester News. The pupils have settled in well and the busyness of Forest School continues to go from strength to strength. Since September, instead of the Girls’ School and Boys’ School there is now one Forest Senior School. However, rest assured the Diamond Structure, with its separate teaching for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 16, is still very much intact, as is the House system and the general Forest ‘buzz’. We continue to attract bright, sparky children at all points of entry and pupil numbers stand at 1375.

We were delighted with Forest pupils as they achieved excellent public examination results this year with a very high percentage of Y13 pupils securing places at their first choice university, including ten Oxbridge applicants.

Over the summer much work was done to develop the school site. Work was carried out on the main school field to level the cricket outfield so we can host more prestigious matches. The new drainage system means that the Field will be reliably available in winter for Prep School football and other sporting activities. Checks on the Dining Hall and Chapel have revealed the need for some remedial works at the gable ends and protective covering is in place whilst we assess and arrange for repairs. Retractable seating has been installed in the Sports Hall so that it can more comfortably accommodate School assemblies, concerts and events. This term it allowed greater numbers to attend Senior School Boys’ House Music and all girls were able to watch Girls’ House Music live streamed directly from the Deaton Theatre. For the competitive Old Foresters amongst you the winning Houses for 2016 were Copeland’s and Hepworth.

Old Foresters can share in Forest’s achievements by attending concerts, plays, conferences or reunions. Volunteering provides a fascinating opportunity to engage with some of the brightest and best young people you are ever likely to meet. Supporting the Bursary Fund extends the School’s funding for pupils who would not otherwise be able to join Forest School.

There is an ambition and an appetite at Forest to be innovative, and a positivity that has been building over a number of years now. I hope you will join us in our endeavours.