We are a one form entry primary school. This means that all pupils are taught in classes alongside their peers and we are able to maintain a strong focus on age related expectations. Where a pupil is operating below their age related expectation, we take intensive steps to enable that individual to make accelerated progress in the expectation that they will catch up with their peers throughout their primary education, thus beginning their secondary education at or beyond age related expectations, regardless of their starting point. Where a pupil is operating beyond their age related expectation, we offer a challenging curriculum so that they continue to make good progress and secure higher levels of attainment at the end of their primary career. To this end, class teachers in each phase work collaboratively to plan a creative and challenging curriculum across which offers all pupils the opportunities they need to secure progress.
Within Foundation Stage (3 – 5 year olds) each child has a named key person who works closely with that child and liaises with parents and family members to build strong home/school links. The Foundation Unit is staffed by experienced Foundation Stage Practitioners, Nursery Nurses and Support Assistants who work closely together in a large unit.
Throughout Key Stage One (5 – 7 year olds) we place a great emphasis on meeting the needs of individual pupils and have high expectations of all our children as they move forward on their learning journey. Pupils are well supported by highly skilled teachers and support assistants, with at least one full time support assistant in each Key Stage One classroom.
Moving into Key Stage Two (7 – 11 year olds) children become increasingly independent in their learning. Once again, children are well supported by experienced teachers and full time support assistants in each classroom. In Year 6, pupils are taught in very small teaching groups in order and benefit from very intensive tuition, not disimilar to a private school education! Pupils at the Forest Academy achieve very well as a result of this class and staffing organisation and are happy, confident and capable learners at the end of their time with us .