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Aspiring To Excellence Together

Aspiration Ambition Rigour

Community and Partnership

Welcome To Forest Hill School

Welcome to the website of Forest Hill School, a community which is Aspiring to Excellence Together. This is our motto and it drives us to relentlessly pursue excellence in all aspects of school life.

We have a very strong ethos which is underpinned by our Core Values:

  • Aspiration

  • Ambition

  • Rigour

  • Partnership

  • Community

These values pervade the school and set the agenda for our culture of constant improvement and striving for yet greater heights.

Forest Hill is proud to be a genuine comprehensive school serving Forest Hill and its environs.   We are a community which is wholly reflective of this district of London.  

Far from being a ‘bog standard comp’ we provide bespoke education for all of our pupils, no matter what their background or abilities.


We are experts in educating boys. We know what works for young men when it comes to academic success, but that is far from everything an excellent education should be about.

In a time when the trend has been to narrow the curriculum, we pride ourselves on providing a truly engaging offer of great breadth, with the arts playing a large part.

This gives our boys a broad and balanced basis from which to move on to academic excellence as they progress through the school.

SFH6, our joint sixth form provision with Sydenham School, goes from strength to strength. We consider it the best place for post-16 study in the borough.

This is exemplified by a year-on-year increase in the number of pupils progressing to Russell Group universities, and an enviable record of young people moving on to study at Oxbridge.

When our academic offer is set alongside our extensive extra-curricular offer and much-praised pastoral support, I am sure you will agree that Forest Hill has all of the ingredients to provide a wealth of opportunities for our young men to build the foundations for a lifetime of success.

They will emerge as well-qualified, engaged citizens and leaders of the future.

Michael Sullivan, Headteacher

Year Founded


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

The Forest Hill School Newsletter

Up-to-date news and information
from around the school.

New Stars Shine at our Vocal and Instrumental Showcase  

On Wednesday evening a dedicated large group of boys shared their developing talents and enthusiasm with a packed theatre of family and friends. The vocal and instrumental showcase kicked off with our Jazz Collective led by our brass tutor Chris Lowe....

Loads of Free Activities Across Lewisham this Easter Holiday

The youth clubs and adventure playgrounds in Lewisham have amazing Easter holiday provision for ages 8-19yrs (25 with SEN) with special holiday opening hours. Sites are packed with dedicated activities and here's just some of the planned fun. Click to enlarge images

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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.

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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.

See Our Prospectus

Our prospectus is available in download pdf and hard copy. You can download a copy by clicking the button below. To receive a paper copy posted straight to you please email prospectus@foresthillschool.co.uk

Forest Hill School


Mr. Mike Sullivan (Headteacher)

Forest Hill School

Dacres Road

Forest Hill

London SE23 2XN

+44 208 699 9343