Last Day of Term – Friday 21st December. Students will be dismissed at 12.10pm
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Welcome To Forest Hill School

The new academic year always holds much hope and the prospect of great achievements for all. In this context I have been reflecting on a summer of success for Forest Hill School. I am extremely proud of our boys’ achievement in both A level and GCSE examinations this year.

As you will see from the details in the results section, there were not only some stunning individual performances at both levels, but there were significant improvements in almost every subject area.   I am delighted to report that Forest Hill is one of the two most improved schools in Lewisham thanks to the amazingly hard work of the staff, the support of the parents and, of course, the commitment and diligence of the students.

We pride ourselves at Forest Hill on the breadth of our curriculum and the range of opportunities offered to our boys in the arts and sports as well as the academic subjects.  We are pleased, therefore, that not only did we see a doubling of the number of GCSE papers graded at 8 or 9 (the top grades), but that this was true across the curriculum – not only in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, but in subjects such as Drama, which did especially well.

The results are particularly impressive when I consider the difficulties the school has faced in the last two years, and they demonstrate that Forest Hill is securely on its way to re-establishing itself as the best boys’ school in this district of London.  I look forward to working with the community to ensure that this upward trajectory not only continues, but increases in momentum in the coming year.  More details of the results can be seen by following the links below.

Forest Hill Students Put GCSE Results On An Upward Trajectory

Forest Hill Students Excel Again As SFH6 Records Its Best Ever A Level Results

It is my pleasure to welcome parents of Year 6 pupils who are deciding on a school for their son for September 2019.  We have a number of open events, beginning with our flagship evening on 24 September 17:00 – 19:00.  The dates and times of the events are listed on the rolling banner at the top of this page.  No booking is necessary and I would encourage you, if at all possible, to see the school in action on one of our open mornings when I will be pleased to showcase our aspirational, ordered and vibrant learning environment.  I am confident you will be impressed.  I look forward to meeting you.

Mike Sullivan, Headteacher

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Key Stage 3/4 Boys

Key Stage 5 Mixed

“The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good.”

“Pupils are cared for well. They are helped to overcome social and personal challenges.”

“Leaders and managers, including governors, have taken bold decisions to improve the school’s organisation and routines.”

“Pupils feel safe in school.” Ofsted Dec 2017

“… the school is well-placed to move forward.”

“The great majority of pupils have positive attitudes to school and are keen to learn.”

“The school provides well-thought-out opportunities for pupils to develop their understanding of themselves and the world in which they live.”

“Good provision in the sixth form is the result of strong leadership and effective teaching.” Ofsted Dec 2017

“… the school’s leaders identify those pupils who are falling behind with learning effectively and provide support to help them catch up.”

“Pupils’ attendance has improved considerably.”

“The school promotes equality effectively.”

“They [leaders and governors] have an accurate understanding of the school’s most pressing priorities.” Ofsted Dec 2017

Win with Word of the Week!

Write a poem/rap/short story/diary or news report to have a chance of winning books and book tokens. The Word of the Week competition is open to staff and pupils. Keep your entry to a maximum of 500 words. Include some of the Word of the Week words from this term to...

Lewisham Young Mayor Election Results

Shortly before half-term, all of the Young Mayor candidates, and their families and supporters, went to a fantastic results announcement event in the council chamber with the Mayor Damien Egan and Janet Daby MP. All the candidates received a certificate and photograph...

Information for Year 7 Parents

All the relevant information for parents of our new year 7s.

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English is a wonderful subject. The richness and diversity of literature from around the world can take you to places you never knew existed and can engage emotions you never knew you had. Equally, developing the fluency with which you communicate both orally and in writing can be very satisfying and rewarding. We aim for every student to enjoy studying English at Forest Hill whether at Key Stage 3, for GCSE or at A level. We also aim to engender a lifelong love of reading. We know that students who choose and enjoy a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books develop into the skilled communicators of tomorrow.
We have gained a Centre of Excellence Award in the use of ICT and Mathematics. In addition, we are the major teaching school for Mathematics for Goldsmiths College in their Teacher Training Programme. The ethos of the Maths Department is that Mathematics encompasses all aspects of everyday life and, as such, we focus on the use of Mathematics in the real world and encourage our pupils to become independent learners in the subject. Ofsted found that “The teaching focuses on promoting students’ understanding of mathematical concepts by providing ready examples of how they apply real problems to the wider world” (Ofsted Report Nov 2013). We also focus on the more abstract nature of the subject to prepare our pupils for studying Mathematics in Higher Education and to develop their thinking and learning skills.
Science at Forest Hill School seeks to provide students with a science foundation that is appropriate to their career goals and with knowledge and skills that will allow them to function as responsible and contributing members of society. This is done through a stimulating and challenging curriculum which puts science into contemporary and relevant contexts. We aim to; Develop fundamental understandings of natural systems, develop a fundamental understanding of, and ability to use, the methods of scientific inquiry, prepare students to make responsible decisions concerning science-related social issues, contribute to an understanding and fulfillment of personal needs, thus contributing to personal development, inform students about careers in the sciences.

Teaching and Learning

At Forest Hill we combine the traditional values of hard work and academic learning with up to date methods and content. We believe that students achieve their full potential if they enjoy their work and find it stimulating and challenging.

Are You Willing to Offer One of Our Students a Work Experience Placement?

The whole of our Year 10 go on work experience towards the end of December every year.  This is a vital way to ensure that our students are receiving the opportunity to learn about the world or work and develop key employability skills.   Ofsted pointed out that our...

SFH6 - Our Sixth Form

SFH6 is a dynamic and forward looking Sixth Form with very high standards.  We ask our students to take responsibility for their own learning and we believe in the rights of all to achieve at the highest possible level.

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Forest Hill School


Mr. Mike Sullivan (Headteacher)

Forest Hill School

Dacres Road

Forest Hill

London SE23 2XN

+44 208 699 9343