The Warden Writes…
The bringing together this year of the Boys’ and Girls’ Schools into one Forest Senior School has been a highly successful move which together with the establishing of Lower, Middle and Sixth Form sections, has ensured that all pupils receive age appropriate support and that a strong sense of identity is maintained. Day to day, Forest is such a wonderfully spirited place, and the credit for this goes equally to my colleagues here and to the pupils, of course, as they go about their business.
With the end of term now firmly in sight, the school remains a hive of activity. A joint Sports Day for girls and boys, Trinity Term play, Summer Open Evening, Summer Concert, Charity Day, Prize Giving, Commemoration Day, Leavers’ Ball and End-of-Year assemblies all to fit into the last nine days.
Forest is rightly seen as a place with plenty of ambition and energy, as befits a really good school. Although we are primarily an academic school, our commitment to providing an excellent all round education remains unchanging, providing as it does the opportunity for building the confidence and individuality that characterises our pupils. Apart from observing plenty of outstanding lessons being taught, I have been able to experience this at first hand by attending the marvellous range of activities for which Forest is well known – drama of the highest standard in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Mack and Mabel’, a huge variety of music at House and School levels, as well as an extensive programme of sport and other activities such as CCF and Duke of Edinburgh Award.
On top of all this activity the pupils found time to raise a considerable amount of money for charity, volunteer within the community and, of course, to progress with their academic work. The next generation of Forest pupils will join us in September as the school continues to be bold in everything it does. We see this not only in how the school continues to grow and progress, but also in the endeavours and successes of our pupils after they move on as Old Foresters. There is no one pathway to success at Forest and no one pathway to success after Forest, which all in all makes it an exciting time for us as governors and staff start to look ahead to the next stage of Forest’s evolution.
I do hope that you enjoy this Trinity Term edition of the OF News and have a good summer.