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Forest Gate Community School is a mixed comprehensive secondary school in the London Borough of Newham, rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2016. The school plans to extend form entry 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 the sixth best in the country for progress in GCSE results in 2017. In 2017, disadvantaged students made progress over on grade higher than the national average, source Department for Education

Forest Gate Community School
Forest Lane

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E7 9BB

TypeCommunity secondary school
MottoFly, Grow, Connect, Strive
Local authorityNewham
Department for Education URN102775 Tables
ChairJan Tallis
HeadteacherCharlotte Whelan
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.

Awards and NominationsEdit

  • 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.


  1. ^ "Headteacher outcry over £7m SEND pot assigned to academy expansion". 10 October 2017.

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