Visions, Values and Ethos
Forest House Education Centre exists to help its pupils progress towards better mental health functioning within education and the community, in partnership with both the Forest House Adolescent Unit and colleagues within mainstream and specialist education.
We seek to recognise and foster progress in all aspects of education, whether formally academic or otherwise, through an environment and curriculum which promote the academic, physical, moral and cultural development of all our pupils, irrespective of their needs, circumstances or abilities, and through the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths or beliefs.
We believe that education exists both within and beyond the classroom, and that the work we do can represent a significant component in an individual's journey towards recovery.
Our Work and Context
Forest House Education Centre is a hospital school for 13-18 year old students, attached to the Forest House Adolescent Unit, a Tier 4 CAMHS in-patient facility on the Kingsley Green hospital site. The Centre provides education for the patients occupying the Adolescent Unit's sixteen beds, while additionally being the sole educator for a small number of 'day pupils' who are referred to us by ESMA (the LA's tutorial service for young people who are out of mainstream education for medical reasons).
Since all of our pupils have issues affecting their mental health, supporting them towards better mental health functioning within education (cultivating good communication skills, working to overcome barriers presented by illness, increasing motivation, encouraging hope for the future) is central to our work.
Nonetheless, the Education Centre aims to emulate the core characteristics of a mainstream school (excellent quality educational provision, high aspirations, structure, variety) in a context that is nurturing, stimulating, and small enough to be meet the individual needs of our students.