Forest Gate Community School

Forest Gate Community School is a coeducational secondary school in the London Borough of Newham, rated Outstanding by Ofsted in February 2020 for the second time. It was first rated Outstanding in 2016. The school was extended from eight forms of entry to nine – rising to a total of 1,350 pupils – starting with the Year 7 admission in September 2019 to meet demand from local parents.[1] The school was described in an article in the Daily Mail as "one of the most inspirational in Britain". The school was ranked in the 50 in the country for progress in GCSE results in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. In 2017, disadvantaged students made progress over on grade higher than the national average, source Department for Education. The school was ranked 33rd in the country for progress scores for disadvantaged students in 2019. The school has the best progress 8 for Newham for secondary students for 2018 and 2019.[2]

Forest Gate Community School
Forest Lane

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E7 9BB

MottoFly, Grow, Connect, Strive
Local authorityNewham
TrustCommunity Schools Trust
Department for Education URN143274 Tables
Head of SchoolThahmina Begum
Age11 to 16


The school was built by architects Colquhoun and Miller in 1965 to replace Whitehall Place School Senior Mixed School.

It was opened in February 1966 by The Right Honourable Sir F. Elwyn Jones, who was the Labour MP for West Ham South at the time.

It was originally called Forest Gate County High School.

Previously a community school administered by Newham London Borough Council, in October 2016 Forest Gate Community School converted to academy status. The school is now sponsored by the Community Schools Trust.

Awards and NominationsEdit

  • The TES English Department of the Year, 2020 - WON
  • World Class Schools status, 2017 - ACCREDITATION
  • The Chartered Institute of Assessors, 2017 - ACCREDITATION
  • The Evening Standard outstanding achievement in challenging circumstances award, 2017 - WON
  • The TES secondary school of the year, 2017 - NOMINATED
  • The National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE) Challenge Award, 2016 - ACCREDITATION


The school had a £15m remodelling in 2011, as part of the London Borough of Newham’s Building Schools for the Future Programme.

This included the introduction of a new four court sports hall, an open plan breakout space and a new passenger lift and staircase.

The school also has an on-site fitness suite/gym, including separate facilities for muscular and cardio workouts. It is open to the public outside of school hours.

Scholarship ProgrammeEdit

Since September 2013, the school have run a scholarship programme helping very bright pupils win places at top independent schools.

In February 2014, Ishak Ayiris and Irfan Badshah became the first students to be accepted on scholarships, winning places at Eton and Winchester College, respectively. In 2017, Kaashif Kamaly became the second student to win a scholarship at Eton. In total, ten students have won scholarships.

Structure and AdmissionsEdit

The school maintains an open admissions policy. It is the founder member of the Community Schools Trust which also includes Hackney New School and The Cumberland School


  1. ^ "Headteacher outcry over £7m SEND pot assigned to academy expansion". 10 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Compare Schools in Newham". The Department for Education. Retrieved 17 December 2019.

Coordinates: 51°33′00″N 0°01′22″E / 51.5500°N 0.0229°E / 51.5500; 0.0229