The Executive Leadership of the centre is currently in transition from The Blue Tangerine Federation to The James Marks Academy Trust.
Who We Are
Forest House Education Centre is a hospital school for 13-17 year old students, attached to the Forest House Adolescent Unit, a Tier 4 CAMHS inpatient 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.
As an exam centre, we are able to meet the accreditation needs of our day pupils, and provide a venue for hospital patients whose exams need to be transferred to us for medical reasons.