SGS Academy Trust is delighted to share that SGS Forest High School has been judged Good in 3 out of 4 categories, following Ofsted’s inspection of the school on 20th and 21st February.

Inspectors found that “there is a strong sense of community in the school”, with relationships “based on mutual respect and trust” and pupils feeling “safe and settled”.

They also recognised the transformation in the school’s expectations of pupils, its teaching, and the range of sporting and cultural opportunities:

“The school offers a full and ambitious curriculum. The school’s inclusive culture ensures that the benefits of this are felt by all pupils.”

Inspectors judged the school to have a Good standard of behaviour and attitudes, personal development, and leadership and management.  They were confident that quality of education judgement would match this in due course, once the substantial improvements had time to be reflected consistently in examination results.

Alan Dane, Headteacher of SGS Forest High School and Director of Education for SGS Academy Trust, commented:

“SGS Forest is on the up.  Last summer, our Year 11s made exam progress that put us among the most improved schools in England.  Over 90% of our current Year 7s and our new intake for September chose us as their first preference.  And now, Ofsted has judged that not only is SGS Forest the best it has ever been, but that it is firmly on a path to getting even better.”

Nicola Mooney, Head of School, added:

“As a lifelong Forester, I am delighted that this Ofsted report and all the recent improvements to the school mean that Cinderford now has a secondary school it can be proud of and whose future is secure.”

Kevin Hamblin, Chief Executive Officer for SGS Academy Trust, said:

“This is a historic milestone for SGS Forest.  It is testament to the phenomenal work of the staff, students and families at the school, as well as to the long-term commitment of SGS Academy Trust to Cinderford.”

Ofsted report April 2024

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