The Forest School

Type Special School
Age Range 2-16
Religion Does not apply
Address Park Lane
North Yorkshire
Phone 01423864583
Reference Number 147819



The Forest School, located at HG5 0DQ, is an educational institution celebrated for its unique learning environment and focus on nature-based experiences. Some key aspects of The Forest School include:

  1. Pioneering Curriculum: Established with a strong vision of nurturing holistic and nature-oriented development, The Forest School employs a curriculum that seamlessly integrates traditional academic subjects with outdoor activities and environmental education.

  2. Nature-Based Learning: The school embraces the power of the great outdoors, allowing students to develop practical and theoretical understanding as well as physical competence in outdoor pursuits. This approach supports the school's mission to meld learning with adventure through experiences that include mountain biking, hiking, bushcraft, environmental discovery, and outdoor science.

  3. Facilities and Resources: The Forest School's state-of-the-art outdoor provision offers a variety of resources, ensuring high-quality nature-led learning opportunities throughout the year. The school is famed for its outdoor center, with the best-equipped classrooms being located outside the school gates.

  4. Strong Community: The Forest School has a strong and inclusive community of students and parents, who adopt the philosophy of education and work together to shape a culture that encourages the pursuit of knowledge hand-in-hand with a deep respect for the natural world.

  5. Eco-Friendly Initiatives: To reinforce its commitment to sustaining the environment, The Forest School has implemented a number of initiatives to promote eco-friendly practices, including waste management, sustainability, composting, and recycling programs.

  6. Innovative Programs: The school has developed a range of exciting initiatives, such as Forest School Saturdays (FSS), which is a popular program designed to create an immersive and inspirational Saturday morning experience for young people ages 5–15.

The Forest School is an outstanding institution, showcasing an inspiring approach to education while respecting and celebrating the natural world.

General Makeup

Number of pupils 136
Boy/Girl ratio Boys: 64.63%
Girls: 35.37%

Year Groups

Year Number of pupils
1 5
2 10
3 3
4 7
5 2
6 12
7 19
8 27
9 16
10 26
11 15

Ofsted Rating Requires Improvement
Last Inspection Date 2023-04-28
Date Description Report
2023-02-21 School inspection: School inspection:
2020-04-08 Academy conversion letter Academy conversion letter
2019-12-17 School inspection School inspection
2015-06-10 Full inspection: Full inspection:
2011-11-15 Full inspection: Full inspection:
2008-11-18 Full inspection: Full inspection:
2006-05-17 Full inspection: Full inspection:
2000-01-25 Full inspection Full inspection

Ofsted Parent View

The latest published parent view scores are from 2019. Ofsted only publish scores if there have been more than 10 responses to the survey.

Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know Total Responses
1. My child is happy at this school. 8 2 0 1 0 11
2. My child feels safe at this school. 9 2 0 0 0 11
3. The school makes sure its pupils are well behaved. 8 2 1 0 0 11
4. My child has been bullied and the school dealt with the bullying quickly and effectively. 9 0 0 1 0 1
5. The school makes me aware of what my child will learn during the year. 7 3 0 1 0 11
6. When I have raised concerns with the school they have been dealt with properly. 2 4 4 1 0 0
7. My child has SEND, and the school gives them the support they need to succeed.
8. The school has high expectations for my child. 9 1 0 0 1 11
9. My child does well at this school. 6 4 1 0 0 11
10. The school lets me know how my child is doing. 4 6 1 0 0 11
11. There is a good range of subjects available to my child at this school. 5 4 1 0 1 11
12. My child can take part in clubs and activities at this school. 9 2 0 0 0 11
13. The school supports my child’s wider personal development. 6 2 2 0 1 11
14. I would recommend this school to another parent. 10 1

How many students meet the standards

Reading, Writing & Maths School Score Percentile (local) Percentile (nationwide)
Pupils meeting the expected standard 0% Unlock Unlock
Pupils meeting a higher standard 0% Unlock Unlock

Progress Scores

A progress score is a way to measure how well a student progressed in comparison to other students of a similar starting ability. A score of zero means would mean that a student made the same progress as others that had a similar starting a ability. A positive score would mean that the student made more progress than other students of similar starting ability. The scores below are for the whole school so is the average progress score across all students.

Metric School Score Percentile (local) Percentile (nationwide)
Reading -20.4 Unlock Unlock
Writing -18.2 Unlock Unlock
Maths -20.4 Unlock Unlock

Name Distance
Meadowside Academy
Halfpenny Lane, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 0SL
0.33 miles
Knaresborough St John's Church of England Primary School
Stockwell Road, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 0JN
0.4 miles
Aspin Park Academy
Wetherby Road, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8LQ
0.58 miles
Goldsborough Church of England Primary School
Goldsborough, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8NJ
1.5 miles
Starbeck Primary Academy
High Street, Starbeck, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 7LL
1.89 miles
Hookstone Chase Primary School
Hookstone Chase, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 7DJ
2.06 miles
Scotton Lingerfield Primary School
Market Flat Lane, Lingerfield, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 9JA
2.28 miles
Willow Tree Community Primary School
Wetherby Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 7SG
2.7 miles
Richard Taylor Church of England Primary School
Bilton Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 3DT
3.22 miles
Follifoot Church of England Primary School
Main Street, Follifoot, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1DU
3.27 miles
Harrogate, Grove Road Community Primary School
Grove Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5EP
3.33 miles
Staveley Community Primary School
Minskip Lane, Staveley, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 9LQ
3.4 miles
Harrogate, Bilton Grange Primary School
Bilton Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 3BA
3.47 miles
Coppice Valley Primary School
Knapping Hill, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2DN
3.69 miles
Oatlands Community Junior School
Beechwood Grove, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8QP
3.77 miles
St Peter's Church of England Primary School
Belford Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 1JA
3.77 miles
St Peter's Church of England Primary School
Marshall Drive, Brotton, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, TS12 2UW
3.77 miles
Oatlands Infant School
Hookstone Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8BT
3.87 miles
New Park Primary Academy
Skipton Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 3HF
3.89 miles
Spofforth Church of England Controlled Primary School
School Lane, Spofforth, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1BA
4.02 miles
Name Distance
King James's School
King James Road, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8EB
0.58 miles
Springwater School
High Street, Starbeck, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 7LW
1.88 miles
Harrogate High School
Ainsty Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 4AP
2.83 miles
St John Fisher Catholic Academy
Hookstone Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8PT
3.26 miles
St Aidan's Church of England High School
Oatlands Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8JR
3.44 miles
Strive for Education
21 North Park Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5PD
3.57 miles
Harrogate Grammar School
Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 0DZ
4.23 miles
Rossett School
Green Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 9JP
4.69 miles


Age Range

Special Schools

Independent Schools

Faith Schools

Key Stage 2 Attainment

Students Meeting expected standard

Students Meeting higher standard

GCSE Attainment

Attainment 8 score percentile

Students getting 5 or more GCSE's at grade 9-4 (A-C)