A warm welcome from Simon Elliott, Headteacher
Forest Gate Community School (FGCS) is an exceptional learning environment with a real community spirit. It provides students with a high degree of challenge combined with excellent support. Our results are good and improving throughout the key stages. Our staff share a commitment to delivering interesting and engaging lessons and to raising attainment. Relationships between staff and students are excellent and discipline is good. We treat each other with respect and understanding.
We have a genuinely comprehensive intake and we work hard to meet the needs of all our students, from those who come to us with exceptional talents and abilities to those who require additional support to succeed. We are well resourced in our staffing and we have a modern, well-equipped estate which supports learning. We offer a wide range of leadership and extra-curricular opportunities for our students.
My staff team and I are committed to ensuring our young people progress to college, university and working life, fulfilling their aspirations. We offer a first-rate education at FGCS because we provide our students with the skills, knowledge and attitude required to be good citizens and to succeed in the 21st century. I hope you will join us to help your child achieve.
Who we are
We thought that it was outstanding… The way the school promotes your social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. This means that you are learning the skills and personal qualities necessary to live and work together successfully with people from different cultures and backgrounds. Ofsted, 2009
Forest Gate Community School is a richly diverse, vibrant and thriving school with over sixty community languages spoken. With around 1,050 students on roll, our students contribute significantly to the vibrant wider community of Forest Gate. Our school was one of the first schools in the country to be awarded Cooperative Business and Enterprise specialist status by the DCFS in 2004, and in its recent inspection by Ofsted we were judged to be “Good” with some “Outstanding” features.
In September 2009 we were designated as a high performing specialist school. The school also holds the Healthy Schools award, Investors in People award, Artsmark Gold and International Schools status.
At FGCS we have very high expectations of everyone who is involved with the school - from students and staff to parents and governors. Our goal is to see all students become highly-skilled learners, achieving excellent standards and leading fulfilling and exciting lives. Students and teachers alike enjoy lessons, which make for a positive and purposeful atmosphere throughout the school. Our commitment to equal opportunities is reflected in all aspects of school life and we welcome young people from all cultures, backgrounds and beliefs.
The school evaluates its role in the local and wider community well and actively involves students with schools in other parts of the UK, Europe and Africa. The school community itself is very cohesive. Ofsted, 2009
We aim for our students to leave FCGS as well-educated, knowledgeable, confident and well-rounded individuals. Enterprise and Business is embedded in the school’s ethos and teaching across the curriculum, and we have found that it can bring passion and excellence to teaching and learning.
At FGCS we aim to build a love for learning and promote a thirst for knowledge in all our students. We believe that by modelling behaviour, and by recognising and rewarding effort and achievement, we provide an environment where students are proud to present their work and strive for the highest standards. All students can expect to have their efforts and successes recognised and celebrated on both a personal and public level. This ranges from individual praise to certificates, postcards or letters home and awards or whole-school celebration events to work published on the school website or the regular school magazine, Forest Gate News.
We are a school with enormous strengths. Through the continuous hard work and co-operation of staff, students, parents and governors, we have built a good reputation for academic success, as well as an excellent standard of pastoral care.
Students clearly enjoy their learning... As a result behaviour is consistently good in class and sometimes exemplary, and makes a significant contribution to the quality of learning. Ofsted, 2009