Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the School's normal daily timetable?
2. When are School assemblies?
3. What are the school term and holiday dates?
4. What reports will I get on my son?
5. What happens if my son is late?
6. What if my son needs a medical appointment?
7. What if my son is ill?
8. What if my son needs medicine in school?
9. What if my son is absent?
10. My son has special needs - where can I get help?
11. What if my son loses something?
12. How much money & valuables should my son carry?
13. Can my son ride his bike to school?
14. Where can my son get lunch?
15. Where do I buy school uniform and equipment and what is the uniform policy?
16. How can I get involved in the school?
17. Where can I find the sports fixtures
18. What clubs and societies does the school run? 
19. How do I make a complaint?
20. Where do I find the school's policies?
21. What is the Parents' Portal?
22. What is the school's Admissions Number?
23. What music facilities are available?
24. What is the school leaving age?
25. What is the school's Development Plan?

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1. What is the School’s normal daily Timetable?

08.45- 09.05 Registration/ Assembly 
09.05-10.05 Lesson 1 
10.10-11.10  Lesson 2
11.10-11.30 Break 
11.30-12.30 Lesson 3 
12.35-13.35  Lesson 4
13.35-14.10 Lunch 
14.10-15.10  Lesson 5 

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2. When are School assemblies?

Tutors bring their groups to the room shown below at 8.55am as follows:

 

Main Hall

Monday

Year 7

Tuesday

Year 8

Wednesday

Year 9

Thursday

Year 10

Friday

Year 11

 

3. What are the school term and holiday dates?

Click here for current term dates

4. What reports will I get on my son?

Find out what we send you here. You can find how well your son is doing through using the Parents' Portal - see 21. below.

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5. What happens if my son is late?

Punctuality is very important. If your son arrives at school after morning registration has finished, they must sign in at reception and explain the reason for their late arrival. See also ‘What if my son is ill?’

Persistent lateness
We sanction students who are persistently late. Students will receive a series of detentions if they are late twice or more in a term. If persistent lateness occurs the Head of Year or Attendance Supervisor will be in contact with you. See more here.

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6. What if my son needs a medical appointment?

Medical appointments for your son to see a doctor, dentist etc should be made outside school hours. If this is not possible, please contact the school office as soon as possible by phone or email with the appointment time and date to ensure your son’s Tutor is aware of it. See more here.

We also operate a School Nurse Drop In Clinic for all pupils. This is not a replacement for a GP appointment, but is aimed at providing a service where pupils can confidentially discuss a wide variety of issues such as their diet, health,  stress and anxiety, emotional issues, sex and relationships, drugs, smoking and alcohol. The Nurse is also available to explain relevant health campaigns. The Nurse can refer a student to a specialist if the need arises.

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7. What if my son is ill?

Do not send your son to school if he is ill before school starts, please notify the school by telephone 0118 978 1626 and leave a message on the answer phone or speak to Reception. You will also need to notify the school on each subsequent morning of his absence. A written note detailing the reason for absence must be provided to your son’s Year Tutor on the day he returns to school. See more here.

If your child becomes sick during the school day, their subject teacher, Tutor or Head of Year will send them to the Medical Room where your son will be assessed by a First Aider and receive treatment if appropriate, If your son is deemed too ill to remain at school then you will be contacted and arrangements made to send him home. Please ensure that your emergency contact details are correct and kept up to date, any changes can be sent to the school via email here .

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8. What if my son needs medicine in school?

If your son has been prescribed medicine by his doctor and needs to take this during the school day, you will need to complete a 'Request for the school to give medicine' Form here ; hand this to the Reception, or first aider together with the medicine, clearly named. Should your son require medicine such as in inhaler or epipen please contact the school for the appropriate forms and discuss his needs with the First Aider.

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9. What if my son is absent?

Please telephone Reception on 0118 978 1626 on each morning of absence. A written note detailing the reason for absence must be provided to your son’s Year Tutor on the day he returns to school. See more here.

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10. My son has special needs - where can I get help?

The school runs a learning support programme for those students who are vulnerable or have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Staff will normally have identified these before your son arrives to start in his first term through contact with your son’s primary school. This might include days in the summer term when your son would be invited to visit The Forest. Further details on The Forest's provision, frequently asked questions and useful links are available here.

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11. What if my son loses something?

Your son should check in the Admin Hub where lost property is collected and held for up to one term. Valuables such as mobile phones are kept in the Reception office. Please name your son’s clothing and equipment to ensure a swift return, and ensure that any valuables are kept to a minimum.

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12. How much money & valuables should my son carry?

We now operate a cashless canteen system, so we suggest giving your child only the minimum amount of money he requires to pay for travel between school and home. Mobile phones, MP3 players and other valuable equipment should not be brought into school.

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13. Can my son ride his bike to school?

The school actively encourages students to walk to school, or travel by bike and public transport. The school has a range of secure cycle facilities where your son can store his bike. He will need to bring his own lock and is advised not to leave any valuables unless they are also secure. The bike sheds are locked during school hours - contact the site manager for access during these times

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14. Where can my son get lunch?

The cafeteria supplies a range of healthy food, snacks and drinks. It is open during break and lunchtimes. For entitlement to free school meals click here. In the first week Year 7 students will be sent to lunch earlier than other students. We now operate a cashless canteen system - find out more here.

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15. Where do I buy school uniform and equipment, and what is the uniform policy?

For practical advice and school uniform, pe and games kit are sold through Hawkinsport. Please click  here. for more information.

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16. How can I get involved in the school?

Getting involved is a good way to learn about the school and its activities, and a good way to meet other parents. The Forest Parent Teachers Association (PTA) is a dedicated team of parents and staff who organise events and activities to fund raise for the school.

If you would like to learn more about their work, find out what events are on or want to get involved and help the school, the PTA has a page on the school web site, click here.

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17. Where can I find the sports fixtures?

We run a sport calendar, where fixtures are posted online. We also communicate directly with parents about their son's participation in a fixture.

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18. What clubs and societies does the school run?

The school runs a wide variety of activities, everything from sports to theatre. Opportunities to join activities are advertised on the year noticeboards or through tutors. A list of current clubs is available here.

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19. How do I make a complaint?

The school has a complaints policy which sets out the process. Click on the 'Want to make a Complaint' button top left of this web page.

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20. Where do I find the school's policies?

A list of all school policies can be found under the About Us heading - click on the 'School Policies' button top left of this web page to go straight there. Then click on the relevant policy title to read it or download it.

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21. What is the Parents' Portal and how do I use it?

The Parents' Portal is a place where you can find information on your son's progress, his reports and even exam marks. The Portal is updated regularly, and you can also let us know of changes of address and update any other contact details.

Accessing The Forest School’s Parents’ Portal for the first time, or what to do if you forget your password (you may want to print this).

1.     Go to the Forest School website – www.forest.wokingham.sch.uk  Home page.

2.     At the top of the page, to the left of the white Search box, click on the word Parents’ Portal.

3.    Enter your User Name (this will be the e-mail address that you have given us, and the one that receives emails from the School).

4.     Enter your Password and click Login.

5.     If you have forgotten or lost your password, scroll down to the end of the page, enter your User Name (your email address again) and click Submit.

6.     A new password will be sent to the email address you have entered.  This will likely be a series of random letters and/or numbers. Print or write down a copy of it as you will need it for the next step.

7.     Go back to the Parents’ Portal. Once you enter, you will be prompted to change this password, so you can then have a password that you can easily remember.

8. Once you have entered the Parents’ Portal site you will be able to access your son’s records. You will see two menus on the left hand side. Please click on each section to review the information available.

The top menu covers:
Snapshot – Today’s attendance and also Behaviour Summary
Timetable
Personal Details
Special Educational Needs (SEN) Details

The menu below this covers:
Attendance
Rewards & Sanctions
Reports

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22. What is the school's Admissions number?

The unique reference number for the school is 872 4050. For further information on admissions click here.

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 23. My son wants to learn to play a musical intrument, what is available?

All students develop a basic understanding of music through timetabled music lessons in Years 7-9. But we also encourage music study at any age through:

One-to-one tuition with specialist teachers: For more information on costs, instruments etc contact the Head of Music here The school has it's own very popular drum teacher, and other types of instrumental lessons are provided by Berkshire Maestros.

For those students unable to afford private tuition, the school may provide financial support through Pupil Premium. Please contact our Parent Support Adviser here for more information.

Student bands: Students wanting to start their own band or music groups are encouraged, with staff helping to arrange rehearsal time and facilities. Students are encouraged to perform at internal and external events throughout the year.

Resources include music technology room, drum kits, electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, classical guitars. Students can use these at break and lunch if they sign up for a ‘Music Pass’, respect the instruments and bring in their own drum sticks.

Music activities at lunch times and after school: For details, click here.

For general enquries regarding music activities contact the Head of Music here.

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 24. What is the school leaving age?

Your child will now be expected to stay in some form of learning at least until the end of the academic year in which  he/ she turns 18.  This is referred to as ‘Raising the Participation Age’ or RPA.

What does this mean for your son or daughter?
 
They may decide to stay on in Full-time education e.g., school sixth form, further education college, sixth form college, training provider, special school (including independent specialist provision for those with significant disabilities and learning difficulties), or home education* . Those who have been absent from learning for some reason before they were 16 may also return into full-time education.
 
If they do not want to stay on at school there are a range of other options. These are:
• An Apprenticeship
• Full or part-time employment, or self-employment with the equivalent of a day per week for training (either as part of the employment or outside the job)
• Volunteering (including caring) or an internship for 20 hours or more a week, undertaken for more than 8 weeks combined with the equivalent of a day off per week for training.
 
You can find out more about the RPA strategy for Berkshire, produced by the Raising Participation Partnership, here.

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