School hours – 8.40am – 3.20pm
Year 8 academic review day on Tuesday 17th Jan
New term starts on January 5th 2017
Extended assembly this Wednesday 18th Jan

Welcome To Forest Hill School

We continue to be incredibly popular and regularly oversubscribed due to the high quality education we provide for our young people. Our curriculum equips every student with the strengths of a traditional academic base coupled with the skills required for success in an ever-more rapidly changing world. The personal development of all is extremely important to us, with many opportunities both within and outside of the curriculum available to our boys. Forest Hill students’ experience enables them to secure enviable prospects and emerge as leaders of the future.

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Mike Sullivan, Headteacher

Year Founded



Teaching over time is good and increasingly of high quality. Students are very keen to learn. Most have excellent attitudes to learning and behave very well. They embrace responsibilities and willingly become mentors to help other students.


The school’s strong ethos promotes harmony amongst the different ethnic, religious and linguistic communities from which its pupils are drawn.


The school has been described by the local authority as ‘influencing the community culture of Lewisham’. This contributes extremely well to students’ excellent social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.



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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Performing Arts Winter Showcase


Extra Curricular

Alongside our wide academic and vocational curriculum we also encourage participation in a range of activities designed to support and broaden the interests and experiences of our boys.

More Information

RBS Six Nations Trophy Visit

It was a huge honour and a privilege to be selected to have a visit from the RBS Six Nations trophy and the Triple Crown. Pupils were extremely excited to have this opportunity and it was a welcome boost to the already established rugby club. As an Inner London School...
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Year 7 Academic Review Day

The Year 7 Academic Review Day will take place on Thursday 17 November 2016. You are invited in to a 15-minute interview with your son’s tutor or Head of House, at which you will receive and discuss his Progress Check report. There will also be an opportunity to...
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Young Entrepreneurs of FHS

GCSE Business and Economics students took part in a social enterprise education challenge in the summer term and made a 500% profit selling ethical goods like natural beauty products and Fair Trade chocolate. Experts from the business education charity MyBnk taught...
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Examination Reforms

In 2013 the then Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, set out the government’s vision for reforming GCSE, AS and A level qualifications. He called for GCSEs to be more challenging so pupils are better prepared for further academic or vocational study, or...
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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

Forest Hill School


Mr. Mike Sullivan

Forest Hill School

Dacres Road

Forest Hill

London SE23 2XN

+44 208 699 9343