The Forest School is a special school for pupils aged between 3 and 16 who have a range of learning difficulties. These include moderate and severe learning difficulties, autistic spectrum difficulties, physical problems, language and communication difficulties.
The Forest School was opened in 1968. It is a maintained special school
run by North Yorkshire County Council. The school meets the needs of pupils
from a wide area in the south of the county. The catchment area includes
Harrogate and Knaresborough, Ripon, Easingwold, Tadcaster, Selby, Pateley
Bridge and their surrounding areas. The school has grown steadily since it was first opened and now meets the needs of about 130 pupils who are experiencing a range of difficulties. A new classroom building and Early Years Department were added in the 1990’s and in 2003/4 further improvements were made and a new library was built.
The school was last inspected by OFSTED in November 2008. At that time
Inspectors said, ‘This is a happy school where pupils want to learn and where
the care, support and guidance given to them to do so are outstanding. As a
result, pupils leave at the age of 16 confident and well prepared for their
future.’ In 2002 and 2003 the school won the DFES School Achievement Award for
the very high standards we achieve for our pupils. The school has also achieved
the Healthy Schools Award. In 2005 the school achieved Investors in People
status. The Forest school became the first school in North Yorkshire to achieve
the BECTA ICT award recognising our good practice in ICT in 2007. The School has also achieved the Active Mark and in 2010 the Silver
Artsmark was awarded to the school.
I have visited The Forest School before, speaking to the pupils in an
assembly before being shown round and handing out certificates to GCSE