Welcome to The Forest School

Specialist College for Communication and Interaction

A place of friendship, respect and excellence

Welcome to our school website. Thank you for taking the time to look at what we do to support the learning of pupils with a Education and Health Care Plan from Early Years to Year 11 (3-16 years old).
Pupils join our school with a wide range of challenges in their lives. Presently we have children with …

  • Moderate Learning Difficulties
  • Severe Learning Difficulties
  • Complex Medical Difficulties
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Physical Difficulties
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Autism

… and 94% of our school population have Speech, Language and Communication Needs.

No two individuals are the same and at our school we make no judgements about the young people we work with. We invite them to come on a learning journey with us. We help them to arrive at a place where they are more comfortable with themselves, they are happy at home and society understands them and their needs.

Our aim is that the pupils become confident as individuals, responsible as citizens and successful as learners.

The school is a Specialist College for Communication and Interaction and this is a key aspect of the work we do.

We create a family type atmosphere in which everyone knows, respects and is tolerant of everyone else. Friendship, respect and excellence are at the heart of all that we do. We help young people to develop lasting friendships with their peers whilst sharing their learning journeys. We encourage all of our pupils to respect themselves and others as they strive for excellence in all that they do both academically and personally.

The sky is the limit for our pupils in terms of what they can achieve and the school does all that it can to enable everyone to reach their full potential.

The Forest School recognises and is committed to fulfilling its statutory duties, roles and responsibilities under Section 175 Education Act (2002), the Children Act (1989) and Section 42-46 of the Care Act (2014) in ensuring each and every child is protected and safeguarded against potential harm and abuse. The designated safeguarding leads are Shona Crichton and Natalie Sargeson.

Safeguarding children is everyone's responsibility.