Depending on your GCSE results and possible choice of career, the following options are available to you post Year 11.  

The Forest School: Provider Access Policy (Technical and Further Education Act)

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing access of providers to students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Pupil Entitlement

Students in years 8-13 are entitled:

To find out about technical qualifications and apprenticeships at each transition point.

To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships through events such as Careers Fairs, assemblies.

To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Opportunities for Access

Events scheduled into the school calendar will offer providers an opportunity to speak to students and /or their parents/carers

Providers are welcome to leave copies of their prospectuses in school and the school section of the Public Library; all students are signposted to the open events of the local colleges on the Career pages of the website and through tutor time.

Management of Provider Access Requests

A provider wishing to request access to The Forest School should contact Lorraine Lewington Careers Co-ordinator on 01189781626 EXT 1015 or email:


You may also be interested in our Ofsted report. The latest report says:

16 to 19 study programmes

are good

 The school provides effective careers advice and guidance and a suitable range of study pathways with clear routes to further study or employment. Learners in the sixth form are ambitious; most progress to further education, training or employment in their chosen field and many progress to good universities.
 Leaders know the strengths and weaknesses of the sixth form well. They are ambitious and have detailed plans and strategies in place to achieve them.
 Subject leaders regularly check learners’ progress towards demanding targets. Sixth formers take a pride in their school and they appreciate the commitment and support teachers give them.
 Teachers have higher expectations and use their good subject knowledge to design learning activities which engage and challenge learners.
 Sixth formers make progress in line with national averages. Attainment in the range of A-level subjects, and the small number of vocational subjects, has been sound in the past and is improving.
 Sixth formers provide good role models for younger pupils. For example, inspectors witnessed Year 13 House Captains confidently presenting details of a charity fundraising event to younger boys during an assembly. Sixth formers are mature, tolerant and respectful of difference. They have a very good understanding of how to look after themselves and be safe.

 Tutor time is used well to reflect on social and moral issues and to help learners prepare for adult life. In addition, sixth formers told inspectors that they particularly value the advice and support that their tutors offer them to help them apply for the next steps in their education or employment. Many learners take up leadership roles, such as mentoring younger pupils. This contributes well to their development as responsible citizens.

To read the full Ofsted report click here

Choosing A levels & Getting the Best Grades You Can

Choosing A levels - keeping your options open.....check out The Guardian's advice here.

Getting the best grades - check out this guide by Which? It gives advice from previous students who achieved A* on how pupils can they can. .

For information about career sector knowledge visit

The Student Room - a community network/forum where students help each other.