Current Fundraising

We have supported many charities, through our school council, teaching staff and independent fundraising activities we are proud to donate thousands of pounds to many worthwhile causes. So far this year (2017-18) we have raised the following: 

Macmillan Coffee morning £425.05

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society £325.95

BBC Children in Need £584.70

Save the Children (Xmas Jumper day) £764.83

CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) £326.64

Catholic Blind Institute £426.48 (Sponsorship for Rob Price running the London Marathon)

During the 2016-17 academic year, staff and pupils raised money for the following worthy causes:

Macmillan Cancer Research - coffee morning £294.56  *Cardiac Research in the Young £792.33  *Stand up to Cancer £441.00  *Children in Need £707.96  *Save the Children (Christmas Jumper Day) £488.02  *Forest School dress down day £1808.28 *Berkshire Youth £139.27  *Crossroads Care £145.31 *Wokingham Mental Health Association £146.64  *Reading Refugee Support Group £150.02  *The Dash charity £134.13  *Ollie Young Foundation £153.21  *Samaritans £166.88  *Comic Relief £1,390.17  *Readathon £70  *National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society £451.57

Charitable Donations to date

In 2015-16 staff and pupils continue to raise money for worthy causes.

 Macmillan Cancer Research £210.60  * BBC Children in Need £1758.52  *St Sebastians Action Trust £360.12  *Forest Sports Ambassadors £360.92  * Sport Relief £2104.69  *Arrhythmia Alliance (Lily May Page) £585.76     *Forest School Fundraising £585.76  * Year 7 Plant for the planet £199.00 

In 2014 -15 staff and pupils raised:

Children in Need  £1561.58  *Comic Relief £1989.05  *Save the Children - £1070.75  *Macmillan £233.70 *Cardiac Research in the Young £135.07 *Stroke Association £170.57  *Arc Counselling £111.39

In 2013 -14 staff and students raised:

Warwick for Africa £227.22  *Guide Dogs £240.47  *Stroke Association £170.57  *Touraid £5,200  *MacMillan coffee morning £210.46  *British Legion Poppy Appeal £309.12  *Sport Relief 2014. We raised over £1000

In 2012 -13 staff and pupils raised

MacMillan Cancer £871.76  *ChildLine £1.050.95  *DrugFAM £500.00   *Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance   £500.00  *British Heart Foundation £95.86  *Royal British Legion £354.90  *Children in Need £95.41  *Teenage Cancer Trust  £143.92  *National Autistic Society £180.96  *Comic Relief  £2,526.82  *Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue £70.54 *Help for Heroes £780.57  *Me2 Club £250.00  *World Vision  £273.60 *Marwell Zoo £715.00 *The Pattaya Orphanage £282.86


Student fundraising

The sixth form now runs monthly fundraising days - half the money will fund improvements to the sixth form and half will be donated to charity.

Helping our Community

The Forest undertakes a range of community activities during the year - from fund raising for various charities, to direct community support, for example:

  • Each year we raise thousands of pounds for local and national good causes
  • Sold tickets for Reading FC games
  • Our Sports Leadership programme trained students to support teams across Berkshire
  • We provided free IT lessons to the over 50s
  • Raised money for a Thailand children's orphanage
  • Sent a mountain of tins to ReadiFood food parcel charity
  • And provided a venue for a variety of primary school events

We are a Champion School!

Students continue to take part in the National Citizen Scheme.

In 2013 the school was asked to join a Cabinet Office initiative to develop leadership and team skills for 16-17 year olds as part of the work of the National Citizenship Service, and was awarded Champion School status.

We are one of only a handful of schools chosen to participate within this initiative nationally, alongside The Holt and Wellington College.

The NCS is a heavily subsidised government project that allows all Year 11 and 12 students the chance to engage in cross school personal, physical and creative challenges in order to make a positive impact within their schools’ and community. Working with local businesses, and local community organisation’s students will be expected to design and deliver a social action project on an issue that matters to them.

During July & August 2013, 45 Forest and 30 Holt students took part in raising £8,000 for causes including ‘Young Minds’ which works on teenage mental health, ‘Help for Heroes’, Ravenswood village community supporting young people with disabilities, and a charity supporting homeless young people.