Establishment The Forest School

URN: 126065

Community school

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Comptons Lane, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 5NT
Local authority
West Sussex (938)
Headteacher / Principal
Mr Ian Straw
Phase of education
School type
Community school
Gender of entry
URN: 126065, DfE number: 938/4009
UKPRN: 10007930
Establishment status
Admissions policy
Ofsted rating
Good (Last inspection: 9 March 2017)
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Religious character
Does not apply
Not applicable
No boarders
Nursery provision
No Nursery Classes
Official sixth form
Does not have a sixth form
Number of pupils
Open date
Not recorded
Reason establishment opened
Not applicable
Closed date
Not recorded
Reason establishment closed
Not applicable
Special classes
No Special Classes
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Date last changed / confirmed
1 September 2021
Type of SEN provision
Type of resourced provision
Not recorded
Resourced provision number on roll
Resourced provision capacity
Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit number on roll
Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit capacity
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Chair of governors

Chair of governors
Name Appointed by From To
Cliff Purvis Nominated by LA and appointed by GB 22 March 2013 21 March 2025


Name Appointed by From To
Jonathan Wharton Appointed by GB/board 11 June 2021 10 June 2025
Mark Sanderson Elected by school staff 11 June 2021 10 June 2025
Patricia Youtan Appointed by GB/board 6 May 2021 5 May 2025
Henry Timperley Appointed by GB/board 11 February 2021 10 February 2025
Christopher Scott Appointed by GB/board 17 September 2020 16 September 2024
Sally Kent Elected by parents 23 March 2020 22 March 2024
Stephen Moore Appointed by GB/board 19 September 2019 18 September 2023
Clare Myall Elected by parents 15 May 2019 14 May 2023
Patricio Colombo Elected by parents 15 May 2019 14 May 2023
Barbara Boud Appointed by GB/board 6 February 2015 5 February 2023
Sue Perry Appointed by GB/board 16 January 2015 15 January 2023
Wiliam Foote Appointed by GB/board 16 January 2015 15 January 2023
Nicola Brown Elected by parents 12 June 2018 11 June 2022

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Godfrey Newman Governor Appointed by GB/board 16 January 2015 11 February 2021
Henry Timperley Governor Appointed by GB/board 5 February 2017 4 February 2021
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Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
South-East England and South London
Government office region (GOR)
South East
Parliamentary constituency
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Urban city and town
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
Census ward
Middle super output area (MSOA)
Horsham 008
Lower super output area (LSOA)
Horsham 008B
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School capacity

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Free school meals

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