Project information

Forest School Capital Building Project

On a site which is almost reaching capacity, three major building projects have been identified. Planning permission has been sought for a significant new building at the heart of the School. We also wish to create a new Science Department and install an all-weather astroturf pitch on The Park.

One year once we have planning permission and funds

Charity information

Forest School, Essex

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  • Need


    We need more larger classrooms for general teaching. Some lessons are taught in rooms where lack of space prevents practical demonstrations.
    Also, the Science Labs, currently in 3 differerent areas of the School, have to be upgraded to comply with current Health & Safety regulations. The layout of the department needs completely restructuring to ensure the continued recruitment and retention of excellent teachers and high pupil achievement.
    An astroturf would complement existing facilities.


    The Martin Building will mean a new learning space which will allow us to breathe. Rooms that are too small for 27 pupils can be released for smaller Sixth Form classes. Teaching will be even more inspirational, leading to happier pupils and staff and greater learning success.New Science Labs in the vacated space would allow pupils to do practicals in every double period. The building of 4 more labs and the conversion of other classrooms would raise the number of labs to 16.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create the Martin Building, a state of the art learning space and conference venue.


    » The School has received a generous pledge of £1.2m from Old Forester Anthony Martin to fund the spacious new building. Planning permission is awaited.
    » We aim to launch a fundraising campaign to the wider Forest community for funds to equip the building with the latest technologies for learning.

    Success will be receiving gifts, enabling the purchase of equipment and new technologies for teaching and learning. The building would become a 21st century digital library.

    Aim 2

    The creation of a bespoke Science Department with integrated preparation and practical areas.


    » Engage with leading members of the wider Forest community involved in scientific and associated fields to seek leadership gifts.
    » We aim to launch a fundraising campaign to the wider Forest community for funds to equip the Science labs with the latest technology.
    » Involve the whole community, including pupils, in a fun sponsorship scheme of elements of the Periodic Table to be permanently displayed in the dept.

    Success will be the conversion of several existing classrooms into labs and the building of 4 new labs, all in one designated departmental hub.

    Aim 3

    The installation of an all-weather astroturf pitch in the Park would complement existing facilities.


    » Formal applications and approaches to grant-making trusts, sports institutions and potential commercial sponsors. Planning permission submitted.
    » We aim to launch a fundraising campaign to the wider Forest community for funds to help create the astroturf pitch.
    » Involve the whole community and commercial organisations in sponsorship and advertising opportunities.

    Success would mean that Forest could boast unrivalled sports facilities which would be the envy of any School. Our reputation for hockey and other sports would therefore increase.

  • Impact


    The high-profile Martin Building will provide a first class, central teaching facility and conference centre with state of the art technologies.
    The new Science Department will ensure that Forest's reputation for science teaching is enhanced for many years to come.
    An on-site astroturf pitch will save travelling time to other venues and will allow hockey and other training when the grass pitches are unplayable due to bad weather.


    Planning applications have been lodged and adjusted according to local planning requirements. Every aspect of the innovative design for the Martin Building has been chosen to complement the heritage of the School and its existing architecture.


    All donors will receive progress reports termly, ie three times a year in newsletters and email updates. Donors are acknowledged and thanked in the annual School magazine. Major donors feature on honours boards around the School and are invited to celebratory dinners and School events.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,200,000 Science Building of new labs and renovation of others
      £450,000 Astroturf pitch building and installation
      £250,000 Martin Building Equipment equipment
      £1,200,000 Martin Building building

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Wolfson Foundation £40,000 Guaranteed
    Anthony Martin £1,200,000 Guaranteed
    other individual donors £50,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We benefit from a tremendous location in North East London: London but not London, a city school surrounded by ancient forest, safe but not secluded, and within a diverse, dynamic community. In the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Forest School is close to the Olympic Park site and also the wide open spaces of Epping Forest.


    One of Forest's strengths is its multicultural pupil profile. We welcome pupils from diverse backgrounds from the London Boroughs of Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Redbridge, Havering, Hackney, Islington and also from Essex. All bursarial awards are means tested which ensures that able and talented children have access to this environment even when parental income is not sufficient to pay the full cost of tuition fees. All pupils ultimately benefit from this rich social mix.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Forest has a tradition of academic excellence and most pupils exceed their potential at all levels. Over 90% of Sixth Formers go to university, many winning places on the most competitive courses such as Law or Medicine. In the last 4 years 43 out of 93 applicants to Oxbridge have been successful. This compares with a national average of around 20%. Pupils are expected to demonstrate competitiveness and co-operation and to embrace the endless opportunities for involvement and self-expression.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mrs Sarah Kerr-Dineen MA

    Sarah Kerr-Dineen is a member of the teaching staff and has been Warden since September 2009.

    Mrs Susannah Coates LLB

    Development Director since January 2006, responsible for securing additional revenue streams from major donors, trusts, local and national businesses.

    Mrs Diane Coombs BSc, MBA