Parent/Carer Area

Information for Parents of our New Year 7s 

We are all looking forward to welcoming your son to Forest Hill School at the start of his first Autumn term with us in September.

Boys will need to arrive by 8:25am at the latest; the gate on Mayow Road will be open from 8:00am.   We understand that this is a stressful time for parents and boys but we respectfully request that goodbyes are said at the gate and that parents do not accompany their sons into the school.

Please can you make sure that your son has the following when he arrives:

1. Any prescribed emergency medication

i.e asthma pumps/ EpiPens – all to be labelled with your son’s name, tutor group and how it should be administered. Should your son need any prescribed medications throughout the school day please ensure that they are brought to main reception as there is a form to complete and sign to provide consent for this to be administered.

2. A packed lunch and something to eat during break time

As you are aware we are a cashless school and we will be taking your son’s biometrics over the course of the first few days. This will mean that he will not be able to purchase a meal for the first few days with us, until his account has been activated.  Boys are advised to bring a packed lunch with them until activation of the account is confirmed.  If you are unable to provide a packed lunch a meal can be purchased using debit from his account.

Free school meal students will be offered their free school meal – if you think that your son is entitled to a free school meal please check with Lewisham Council. If your son is already entitled to free school meals and your circumstances haven’t changed this will automatically transfer over to Forest Hill School, providing Lewisham Council know your son is joining us.

If you haven’t returned the biometrics form already please complete it and return it to Forest Hill School by the first day of the Autumn term.

3. A water bottle – only water please

4. A full pencil case with all of your equipment

Please note that your son does not need to bring in their PE kit on their first day.

Please look out for the ParentPay letter which your son will be bringing home with him in the first few days.  This will provide you with your login details in order for you top up his school meals account with money.

School photographs will be taken for all Year 7 students in the first week of the term – date to be advised. 


FHS Connect

FHS CONNECT is the Forest Hill School secure online portal. Once you receive your login details you will be able to log in to FHS Connect and access the following information about your child:

  • Registered contacts – you will be able to see who is registered as a contact for your child.  Please note, you must contact us at admissions@foresthillschool.co.uk if you need to make any amendments to contact information.
  • Timetable – you can see details of your son’s lessons for each day and his teachers’ names.
  • Attendance – you can see your son’s attendance records and any reasons for absence.
  • Reports– you can view and download your child’s school reports.

Log in to FHS Connect here

Having trouble logging in? Click here for FHS Connect Support


Summer Homework

You can access summer homework documents and resources using the links below:

Year 10 to 11

Year 9 to 10

Year 8 to 9

Year 7 to 8


Summer Activities

Youth First are an organisation running activities and summer holiday schemes in Lewisham for young people (8-19). You can read more about what’s on here.


Term Dates

See the current year term dates here


Revised Behaviour System

All current information on Relationships and Behaviour is available here

Click here to download the behaviour system flowchart


School Uniform

Forest Hill School is a uniform school with the uniform being a key part of the school and individual House ethos. Please read the uniform list carefully as you may be sent home if you are not in the correct uniform.

It is also expected that you have the essential equipment with you at all times and you may face a sanction from your tutor or your teacher if you do not.

Click here for the current school uniform list


The House System

On entry to the school students are put into a Tutor Group within one of the four Houses.  This system allows brothers to be in the same House with the same Head of House, rather than in different years with different Heads of Year.  This allows us to build up a better quality of contact with the home.

Each House can be identified by its colour.  Every student wears a house flash on his blazer pocket and the house colour is incorporated in the school tie.

  • Drake – red
  • Harvey – yellow
  • Reynolds – blue
  • Shackleton – green

Students stay with the same Tutor and Head and Deputy Head of House throughout their school career.  This allows Tutors and Heads/Deputy Heads of House to develop meaningful relationships with students and their parents and carers and greatly enhances the level of pastoral care we can offer.

In Key Stage 4 students who show responsibility and leadership potential will be offered the chance to become Peer Mediators, Prefects and House Captains.

Transition from primary to secondary school is seen as vitally important and we place great emphasis on ensuring that this process happens as smoothly as possible.  We have close links with our main feeder primary schools; all parents and students have a personal interview with their Head of House or Deputy Head of House prior to starting at Forest Hill School; and in July of their Year 6 all our new students are invited to spend a day at Forest Hill School with their new Year 7 class and tutor.


Contact information

IMPORTANT EMAIL ADDRESSES

Ø  Contacting members of staff

Ø  Reference requests

Ø  Parents’ Evening information

Ø  Update/change address and contact information

Ø  Trips

Ø  Timetable queries

Ø  Detentions

  • attendance@foresthillschool.co.uk – Please use this address for matters specifically relating to your son’s attendance, including requests for absence during term time.
  • info@foresthillschool.co.uk – Please use this address if you have any confidential matters you wish to raise for the attention of the Headteacher.

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Concerns and Complaints

We understand that parents and carers will at times wish to raise concerns/complaints about various aspects of their sons’ school experience.   Please see below for the appropriate contact to make to discuss your concerns;

Concerns

For concerns related to your son’s academic progress and levels of achievement please contact the relevant Faculty Lead to discuss the issue;

  • Science & Computer Science : Ms Nargis Hamid
  • English & RE : Mr Richard Lamb
  • Maths & Business : Mr Godwin Kanton (acting)
  • Humanities & Modern Foreign Languages : Mr Alan Brook
  • Expressive Arts : Mr Kris Hollidge

For concerns related to your son’s pastoral care please contact the relevant Head of House to discuss the issue;

  • Drake House (D) : Mr Michael Griffiths
  • Harvey House (H)  : Mr Justin Crowe
  • Reynolds House (R) : Ms Susan Sutton-Adegoke
  • Shackleton House (S) : Ms Ann Heerey

Complaints

Whilst we are always disappointed to hear of complaints we understand that sometimes things go awry and there arises a need to address complaints at a more elevated level.    We feel an informal approach very often leads to a mutually satisfactory resolution to the issue but in the event this does not produce the desired outcome, parents/carers are directed to our formal Complaints’ Policy which can be found in the School Policies’ section.   This document clarifies the procedures for hearing complaints and what outcomes both the school and the individual may expect from invoking the procedure.

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Absence During Term Time

Parents and carers should be aware of amendments to the Education Regulations that came into force on 1 September 2013 which make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are “exceptional circumstances”.   Requests for such absence must be made in writing, in advance of the absence, for the attention of the Headteacher Mr Sullivan with full details of the reason for the absence.   You may email your request to attendance@foresthillschool.co.uk allowing sufficient time for due consideration of the circumstances.   You will receive a reply as soon as possible, but in the meantime any absence will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’.


How Can I Help My Son Improve His Reading Skills?

Parents and carers will know that we are proud to call ourselves a reading school. This handy reading guide is full of useful advice and links to other resources that parents and carers can use at home with their children.

You can download a copy here.


How Can I Help My Son Improve His Maths Skills?

MyMaths is an opportunity for your son to continue his maths learning outside of the classroom. It is an online learning platform with content that covers the KS3, KS4 and KS5 maths curriculum in a clear and innovative way.

Your son can take advantage of:

  • Online maths tutorials which explain all the key maths skills
  • Online worksheets which tell him where he has made mistakes
  • Booster packs to help him get to the next level
  • A variety of games that reinforce and stretch your maths skills in a fun way

Your son also has his own personal page where his teacher can upload different activities for him to complete in class and for homework and he can keep track of how well he is doing in MyMaths.

To access the website please go to www.mymaths.co.ukor he can follow the link in the student area of FHS Connect.

To logon to the school account your son will need to enter the following

Username: foresthill

Password: short1

Your son will also have his own personal ID and password which he will need to enter then.  If for some reason he has misplaced this please ask him to see his maths teacher.

Please encourage him to use this platform as often as possible to improve his maths skills!

PiXL Maths App

Year 11 students should be using the PiXL Maths App to help with GCSE revision. Click here to access


Key Stage 3 Curriculum

For information on the subjects your son will study in Years 7 to 9 and how to support his progress and engagement during these crucial years click here.


Key Stage 3 English Skills Pack

The Key Stage 3 English skills pack contains information and advice on developing essential skills in English which will take students through Years 7 to 9 and beyond.

To download a copy click here.


Cycling To School

Boys are allowed to use their bikes to cycle to and from school only with the permission of the Headteacher. Parents/carers are asked to contact us to request a Cycle Pass for their son.

Please note that the school cannot accept any responsibility for bikes left on school premises.


Free School Meals/Pupil Premium

If your child is eligible for free school meals, not only could you save £400 a year while they enjoy a nutritious hot meal, but the school could also benefit.

For more information click here.


Academic Review Days

At Academic Review Days you will meet your son’s Tutor or Head of House to discuss his progress and any areas of concern.  You must make an appointment via your son beforehand.  Appointments take place during the school day.

Please note: you will not meet subject teachers at Academic Review Day.


Parents’ Evenings

At Parents’ Evening you will be able to speak to your son’s teachers to discuss his progress and any areas of concern.  Appointment times must be booked in advance – your son will bring home an appointment sheet beforehand.

Parents’ evenings run from 4:00pm – 6:30pm.


Times of the School Day

Normal School Day – Tuesday to Friday

Early Closure School Day – Monday

Time

Session

Time

Session

08:25 – 08:30

Movement Time

08:30 – 08:45

AM Registration & Tutor Time

08:30 – 08:50

AM Registration & Tutor Time

08:45 – 09:45

Lesson 1

08:50 – 09:50

Lesson 1

09:45 – 10:45

Lesson 2

09:50 – 10:50

Lesson 2

10:45 – 11:05

Break time

10:50 – 11:10

Break time

11:05 – 12:00

Lesson 3

11:10 – 12:10

Lesson 3

12:00 – 12:55

Lesson 4

12:10 – 13:10

Lesson 4

12:55 – 13:40

Lunch time

13:10 – 13:55

Lunch time

13:40 – 14:35

Lesson 5 (PM Registration)

13:55 – 14:00

Movement Time

   

14:00 – 15:00

Lesson 5 (PM Registration)

   

 


Extra-Curricular Clubs and Activities

Click here for details of the extra-curricular clubs and activities available.


Ofsted Report

Click here to view and download the latest Ofsted Report (January 2018).


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