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Parents Partnership

The Parent Partnership was established in 2007 and meets once every half-term to discuss important issues for both parents and the school.

It has been very successful in contributing positively to the development of our School Community.  The Partnership has a dual purpose:

  • Provides a stakeholder panel for views on new initiatives and developments within the school
  • Provides parents a voice in the development of the school

We are delighted that we are still able to offer our Parent Partnership meetings through the use of Teach Stream. All parents are welcome to attend using the joining instructions sent prior to the evening. 

The dates for this academic year are:

Tuesday 01 February 2022

Tuesday 22 March 2022

Thursday 12 May 2022

Thursday 30 June 2022

Although it is most likely that all meetings will take place on the scheduled dates, the date of a meeting may have to be changed nearer the time due to unforeseen circumstances.

For further information please contact Mrs L Kirkland, Assistant Headteacher, 01403 261086 or via email on


Uniform can be purchased from Taylor Made Uniforms LTD

Acceptable school shoesTaylor Made Uniforms Ltd

Forest Price List 2021-22

Forest Sizing & Buying Guide

The school has many items of nearly new or excellent condition second hand uniform, of various sizes, that have been kindly donated by past and present pupils.  Items are available to pupils who wish to have them.  Please contact the main office for more information. All we ask is for a small donation to the school fund which would be gratefully received.

We are proud of the high standard of uniform in the school and we expect all pupils to maintain this high standard and wear the full correct uniform at all times.  This includes travelling to and from school, in school and when representing the school away from the premises.

Blazer and tie: House colour- compulsory for Year 7 & 8.

Trousers: Black, plain worsted type material.  (Cotton jeans and cords are not allowed) If a belt is required this must have a small, simple and plain buckle.

Skirts: Optional for students but must be the House colour skirt from TMU

Shirts: Plain, white, school style. (If long-sleeved, sleeves must be worn long and buttoned at the wrist at all times) No logo shirts must be worn.

Shoes: Plain black leather lace-up or slip on shoes. We will not accept suede shoes, trainers, trainer style shoes, canvas shoes or boots (this includes 'Kickers' style boots or similar). No shoes with visible sports logos are acceptable and they must be able to be polished. Acceptable shoes are defined by the school.

Socks: Plain black only. Students must have a separate pair of white socks for PE.

Tie: Appropriate House ties must be worn in the conventional style and length with the top button done up. Ties available to purchase from the main School Office

New tie: To be worn with blazer

Sweatshirt: Black with embroidered school badge. No other sweatshirt or jumper is allowed – in or out of school

Outdoor: Additional waterproof outdoor wear is required, it should be sensible and appropriate for school. Hooded sweatshirts, track-suit type tops and jackets and denim are not permitted

P.E: Official T-Shirt in relevant House colour. Official rugby/training top in the relevant House colour. Black shorts. Black rugby/football socks. Plain white socks. Shin Pads. Football boots. Trainers (this must be an alternative pair to shoes worn for the normal school day). Gum shields are highly recommended (these can be purchased from the PE Department for £2.50 or from any local sport shops e.g. Bedford Sports). Year 7&8- Shorts/Skorts House colour

Jewellery, tattoos and piercings: Students are allowed to wear a small round stud earring in each ear (one per ear). These must be removed for PE lessons. No other piercings are acceptable and the use of plasters to cover piercings is not allowed at any time. These rules apply to all students. Rings, bracelets and necklaces may not be worn. It is an offence under UK legislation to tattoo a person under the age of 18 except when the tattoo is performed for medical reasons by a medical practitioner.

Nail Varnish and Make Up: Nail varnish and make-up is not permitted. 

Hair: Hair and facial hair must be smart and presentable (as defined by the school). No radical colouring is permitted and hair length should not be too short or too long (covering the face or below the collar) and should not have extreme differences in lengths e.g. steps, tramlines or patterns.

Headwear and religious clothing: Religious headwear may be worn (agreed by the school following a written request from parents) and should be either plain black or navy blue.

Bags: All students are expected to use a school bag that fits an A4 folder inside, and is robust and sensible.

Leading Parent Partnership Award

Raising Achievement by involving parents in the work of our school.

In 2013 we successfully achieved the Leading Parent Partnership Award in recognition of the excellent partnership with have with our parents

Involving parents in their child’s education is an exciting challenge, with excellent benefits for the child, the parents, the school and the local community.

Amazingly research identifies at age 7, a parent’s influence on a child’s learning is six times that of their school and even at 11 years old, it is 29% greater. Increased involvement can raise achievement by at least 18%.

We used the Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA) to help strengthen our school’s partnership with parents. It is a Department of Education endorsed award, which provides us with a valuable school improvement tool and also gives us national recognition for our commitment to working with parents.

The LPPA helps us to achieve these long term benefits:

  • Contribute to improved pupil attendance, punctuality, behaviour and progress.
  • Increase parent participation and involvement.
  • Enhance parents’ support in their children’s learning.
  • Improved home school communications.

School Meals

Catering Service

We operate the cashless system in our school canteen enabling us to deliver a fast, safe and efficient service for pupils and parents.  Pupils are registered on the system and use an image of their finger (biometric information) to make payment for their purchases.

School Menu

To see the current menu which works on a 3 week cycle.

Please note this new menu offers a wider choice of dishes but not all dishes will be produced each day.  (Nut Allergies - nuts will not be served at the school in canteen meals). 

Caterlink Bulletin May

Caterlink May Specials

Free School Meals

Free school meals are available at The Forest School.  Families are eligible if they are in receipt of Income Support, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Pension Credit or Child Tax Credit only with an assessed income below £16,190.  If you would like to apply for free school meals please complete the Application Form in CAPITAL LETTERS and return it to the address on the form.

Further information can also be found on the West Sussex website

Government Schools Allergens Documents

Food Allergy Request Form

School Day

We expect all pupils to arrive punctually to school, and anyone not in lessons by 08:30 will be deemed to be late.

08:20: Staff on Duty. Pupils arrive on premises

08:30: Tutor Time Registration

08.35: Ready To Learn

09:00: Period 1

10:00: Period 2

11:00: Morning Break

11:30: Period 3

12:30: Period 4

13:30: Lunch Break. All students remain on premises

14:00: Period 5

15:00: End of formal day. Buses depart. Enrichment activities / Independent Learning Club

16:00: Late buses depart


Assistance with transport to school

Normally it is the responsibility of parents to get their children to and from school safely.  Free transport or help with travelling costs may be offered according to which school or college the pupil attend and the distance involved.  Click here to get guidance about help that is available.

Attendance and Absence Requests


Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfil their potential is an assumption so widely understood that it is insufficiently stated- pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school. The government expects schools and local authorities to:

  • Promote good attendance and reduce absence, including persistent absence:
  • Ensure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled:
  • Act early  to address patterns of absence.

Parents to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school age who are registered at school attend regularly. All pupils to be punctual to their lessons.

Taken from "School Attendance" Department for Education July 2019

Good attendance poster

The Forest School ethos is to support our students and their families who have concerns regarding attendance. Please contact your child's Community Leader if you would like our support.

Is my child too ill for school?

Leave of Absence Form

Fixed Penalty Notices


We use our current school system called Bromcom to operate our cashless system. Bromcom has an app called MCAS (My Child at School) which you will need to download to your mobile phone.  The app offers you the freedom to make payments online using a credit or debit card wherever and whenever you like, safe in the knowledge that the technology used is of the highest security available.

Every parent is given a secure account through the App (MCAS) that is protected with a unique user ID and password. 

Leavers Balances

Leavers balances above £5 will be refunded or transferred to siblings at parents request. Please contact the Finance office for more details or if you have any queries.

School Trips and other items

Parents can also use MCAS to make payments for school trips, books, equipment and various other items.




Letters and Forms


Sparx Maths

MathsMaths 2

Hegarty Maths

At present we use Hegarty Maths as our online portal for maths at Forest.

Hegarty though is changing and we are changing with them. Hegarty will become Sparx Maths.

Sparx is an improvement on Hegarty and between the two companies they have developed an exciting and fully repurposed online maths portal – which has been designed to be specific to each individual pupil.

Sparx and Hegarty have developed software that allows questions to be set at the level that suits your child, NOT just a level that suits the class in general

Sparx understand the importance that Parents play in their children’s education, and want to include you.

To this end, they have set up their systems so that each week, you will get an email summarising what work has been set and how well your child has done.  The email will look like this:

An explanatory video is available on the school website in the Latest Information area.

A link to the video is attached to this communication

Because of the importance of GDPR regulations, we need to know if you are NOT willing for Forest School to pass your email details onto Sparx.

Sparx will ONLY use your email to send a weekly update email. They cannot and will not pass your emails onto any other organisation.

If you DO NOT want to receive a weekly email showing your child’s progress in maths, please can you let the office know.


Forest Maths Department

Sparx Video