Aspiring To Excellence Together






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

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