The Warden Writes
I hope you have enjoyed a good summer and are now looking forward to the Christmas period. Many of our pupils have enjoyed the school trips which ventured out to Peru, South Africa, Italy, and other locations closer to home, all providing wonderful opportunities to broaden horizons and develop character, as well as to just enjoy new experiences and new places.
In drawing up priorities for the School this academic year, the focus has been primarily on the enjoyment and the challenges that our pupils find back at School in the classroom. We are confident that a Forest education is up there with the best day schools offer: we have good pupils, committed staff and super facilities – a position of strength from which to be ambitious for Forest without losing anything that pupils and parents love about the School.
The excellent public examination results achieved by our pupils this summer (summarised on the school website) are a passport to the next stage of their lives. In the present climate, it is worth noting that no pupil left Forest at the end of Year 12 last year, and our biggest ever Year 13 cohort of 147 pupils all completed the two year Forest Sixth Form Diploma in June of this year and have now secured places at their choice of university, including five Oxbridge applicants.
We also welcomed Channel 4 filming “The Secret Life of 4 and 5 Year Olds” on site all through the holidays, whilst a significant amount of work has been done as we continue to improve the working environment for pupils and staff including the creation of new classrooms and the upgrading of other facilities.
Michaelmas Term, as ever, has been busy with our pupils producing excellent House Music competitions (well done to Johnians and Kingsley), a hugely enjoyable Winter Concert, Cyrano de Bergerac – complete with an original score written by a current pupil, and a range of sporting and academic achievements. Lent Term promises to be equally as busy.
So from all at Forest School, I wish you a restful Christmas.