Forest Gate Community School is a secondary school located in Forest Gate in the east of London, United Kingdom. The school has been awarded specialist Business and Enterprise College status. The school is located directly opposite Forest Gate railway station, allowing good transport access for all its students.
The school has successfully bid for the specialist status under the Government scheme that allows schools to focus on their chosen subject area. The new status means the school will benefit from innovative approaches to teaching and learning, which will result in improved standards and achievements.
The school will also receive extra funding, including sponsorship totalling £50,000 from the Co-operative Group, the Jack Petchey Foundation and Stratford Development Partnership plus £100,000 from the Government. The money will enable a new state-of-the-art “World of Work” business suite to be built, which can be used by students and the local community. Forest Gate school is one of only five Co-op sponsored schools in the country. The Co-op is planning to establish a national network of schools that teach values of social responsibility, care and ethical business, which are an integral part of the organisation’s ethos.
Margaret Wheeler, previous head teacher of Forest Gate Community School, said: “This is wonderful news. We are looking forward to this exciting new role and being part of the Co-op family of schools. Our partnership with the Co-op is an excellent opportunity to work even more closely with the community to which we belong.”
Forest Gate School recently had its Ofsted inspection and received a good rating, with outstanding features.
Former head teacher, Margaret Wheeler, died after a short illness in October 2010.