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Notwithstanding the large number of pupils, the campus feels lively rather than crowded – more like a well-ordered village rather than an institution. The pupils exude purpose – modern, dynamic youngsters with an eye on what’s happening next – but their manners lack that brittleness of some metropolitan children which can set teeth on edge. Football, in the warden’s words, ‘is deep in the DNA of the school’, but he is also convinced that the range of choice is sufficiently embedded that no one sport enjoys a monopoly of prestige...

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Surrounded by ancient forest and only 30 minutes from central London, Forest School is an independent day school located on the edge of Epping Forest. One of the very few diamond structure schools in the country, our 1,300 boys and girls, aged between 4 and 18, are taught in single-sex classes from 7-16 before joining a coeducational Sixth Form. Beyond the classroom, however, they enjoy all the benefits of a coeducational environment - the best of all worlds.

Our pupils are as busy outside the classroom as they are within it - a strong curriculum is supported by an equally strong co-curriculum programme, so our pupils can pursue their interests in music and the sporting field, for example, all while achieving outstanding GCSE and A level results.
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Since 2016, Marcus Cliff Hodges (50s). An imposing man – looks tough and dynamic – but thoughtful, likeable and very easy to meet. A career schoolmaster in the very best sense of the word: an English degree from Cardiff plus a masters from the Institute of Education then teaching posts in Gstaad, followed by Bedford and the assistant headship at Latymer Upper. Hit the top spot (warden) at Forest after a spell as head of the boys’ senior school and acting warden. No sense at all of his being overawed by the job – ‘it’s actually a very liberating experience’ - and he is evidently devoted to a school he knows and understands intimately. A keen fisherman and mountaineer, he communicates calm dependability. Married with a teenage son (a pupil). ‘Steeped in the place...

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As a matter of good practice we administer basic screening tests to all pupils on entry and notify parents if we believe that a pupil may need extra support or should be referred further for formal assessment. We employ an SEN coordinator who advises parents, offers support and specialist lessons to pupils and assists teachers in devising appropiate strategies for teaching. Our approach to pupils with SEN taking examinations (public and internal) is in line with accepted good practice. Although we have no statemented pupils, approximately 50 have IEPs. 09-09

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