About SGS Forest

We are proud to be Cinderford’s secondary school and we are committed to giving our wonderful young people the best education there could be.

A Year 7 student joining us in September 2024 will:

  • study a wide range of academic, creative and practical subjects for the three years of Key Stage 3, before choosing from an even wider range of courses for Key Stage 4;
  • be taught by skilled and enthusiastic subject experts who have chosen to work here so that every one of our students fulfils their potential;
  • benefit from some first-class facilities, including Freedom Leisure’s swimming pool and sports centre, Music Works’ Sound Space rehearsal and recording studios, and Cinderford Town FC’s training pitches;
  • take part in numerous extra-curricular opportunities, competitions, clubs, societies, day trips and residential visits;
  • and, feel part of something special, in a small community where every student is known well and supported to be the best possible version of themselves.

Alan Dane          Nicola Mooney
Headteacher       Head of School

Alan Dane

Headteacher, SGS Forest High School

Mr Dane is responsible for: budget; health and safety; marketing and publicity; Ofsted; student and staff recruitment; safeguarding; stakeholders (including community, Local School Board and Trust Board); and, support services (Admin, Catering, Finance, HR, IT & Site).

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Nicola Mooney

Head of School, SGS Forest High School

Mrs Mooney is responsible for: assessment and examinations; curriculum and timetable; parents and carers; pastoral system, including student behaviour and support; staff attendance and wellbeing.  She is also our designated SENCO, supported by Mrs Brownson.

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Our Vision

We aim to be a school where every child learns and every child grows because every child matters.

British Values

At SGS Forest High School, we actively promote British values through our school vision, ethos, agreed rules, curriculum, and teaching.

As such, we promote tolerance of, and respect for, people of all faiths (or those with no faith), cultures, and lifestyles.

We prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain by supporting them through our words, actions, and influence, not just within school, but also within the wider community.

Promoting Our Values

The government defines British values as:

  • Democracy.
  • Rule of law.
  • Individual liberty.
  • Mutual respect.
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths.

At SGS Forest High School, we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all of this is a range of curriculum topics that have strong links to the British Empire. We actively challenge children, staff, and parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.


Although the school faces constraints due to the age of some of the buildings, the following adaptations have been made to the school environment and its facilities in order to help students with SEND to access SGS Forest High School:

  • Disabled parking spaces clearly marked, located next to the school reception.
  • Handrails, where appropriate.
  • Ramps to enable access to the Science block and to the lift in T block.
  • Alternative changing room available.
  • Lifts in T Block and the Science block.
  • A medical room, to enable a safe place for insulin testing/injections.
  • A hoist to enable access to the swimming pool.
  • Disabled toilet.

SGS Forest High School is committed to making the school accessible to all.