Forest School – About

Forest School is a co-ed independent school, located in Walthamstow, Waltham Forest, with approximately 140 spaces for 11+ (Year 7) entry into the school. The school was established in 1834, and has always strived to help their students develop into well-rounded and capable individuals, with the school focusing on the rich mix of curricular learning, co-curricular activities and opportunities, and a supporting pastoral.

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Forest School – Essential Information

Address: Oakhurst Gardens, London E17 3PY

Senior School Phone Number: 02085201744 (option 2)

Admissions phone number: 02085201744 (option 4)

Admissions email:

Students admitted at 11+: Approx. 140

Fees: £7,475 per term, £22,425 per year (Senior School)

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Forest School – History

Forest School was founded in 1834, by William Taylor Copeland, opening on the 1st October with 22 pupils. However, over the nineteenth century, the school grew and became one of the most successful nineteenth-century schools. From 1875-1879, Forest School played in the F.A Cup, becoming the first and only school to do so. The school continued to become successful throughout the 1900s, regularly expanding to accommodate more students and in the late 1970s, it opened admissions for girls in the school.

Forest School – Results

GCSEs in 2019

Percentage of Grades
Grades 8-9 ~50%
Grades 7-9 ~75%

A Levels in 2020

Percentage of Grades
Grades A*-B 78%

Forest School – Examinations

Forest School has an 11+ entrance examination, using their own internal examination type. However, the exams are usually in a similar style to private schools entrance examination, where you can see more detail below.

Private schools
Format Mostly Standard
Layout Whole paper
Separate Answer Sheet Mostly No
Creative writing Yes
Timing Usually 60 mins per paper

Forest School – Entrance exam

The Forest School entrance exams consist of two main parts:

  • A Non-Calculator Maths paper (60 mins)
  • A Reading and Writing English paper (70 mins)

After the exams, candidates who perform well will be invited to an interview with a senior member of staff, and those who impress in the interviews will be offered a place in the school. Scholarships and Bursaries are also available for those who are offered places.

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Forest School Experiences

11 Plus Preparation

Past Papers for Practice


2015 Mathematics Sample Paper – Paper only (FREE)

2015 Mathematics Sample Paper – Paper with Mark Scheme

2020 Mathematics Sample Paper – Paper only (FREE)

2020 Mathematics Sample Paper – Paper with Mark Scheme


2016 English Sample Paper – Paper only (FREE)

2016 English Sample Paper – Paper with Mark Scheme

2020 English Sample Paper – Paper only (FREE)

2020 English Sample Paper – Paper with Mark Scheme