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🏆James celebrates success at Tang Soo Do International Championship in Belfast in this 3rd competition for black belt pic.twitter.com/938iw0QxZk

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🍦 Ice cream to fuel the additional exam preparation before written exams for year 11. Thank you to @ pic.twitter.com/QITVshcCiZ


✈️Each year it gets better and better...https://t.co/kxHVNcW3Oc


. has held a special event to celebrate the success of a mentoring scheme for students from in Stansted Mountfitchet. https://t.co/3qz1KBJ9e3

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📣 PTA Penny Wars🏆 Will your form be crowned the ultimate winners? 👀 Watch out for the sabotage days? How much sabotage can be caused? pic.twitter.com/EGwMLbSOHL

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📚 An excellent opportunity this Summer to help develop your skills. pic.twitter.com/jojqPsK9tL

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👀 Watch this space... ☀️Coming soon the FHS Summer Reading Challenge! pic.twitter.com/McUXIaob4r


On we’re celebrating Kayleigh Trainor 🙌 NQT ➡️ Head of Humanities at Burnt Mill Academy ➡️ Assistant Head at Forest Hall School 💛#IWD2024 pic.twitter.com/MSw68rFA3o

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On we’re celebrating Kayleigh Trainor 🙌 NQT ➡️ Head of Humanities at Burnt Mill Academy ➡️ Assistant Head at Forest Hall School 💛#IWD2024 pic.twitter.com/MSw68rFA3o

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📣 Year 9, 10 and 11📣 Make the most of the Summer School opportunities available from Imperial College London.https://t.co/Jd6y1BblcE

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📚 Are you book ready? 📚 Share your love of reading this World Book Day! 📚 The more creative the better... pic.twitter.com/Vqjoh9FBdd

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🏙️ Jack the Ripper Walking Tour enhances learning. Year 10 pupils enjoyed the Jack the Ripper walking tour bringing their classroom learning beyond the school environment. pic.twitter.com/1SCbR7tlEX

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A successful collapsed timetbale day allowed Year 11 students to gain interview experience from Wendy at Clinical pic.twitter.com/kZKFkOeSv5

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Interactive WW1 workshop brings the curriculum alive.Year 9 pupils experienced a whistle stop tour of the Great War, covering the start, the old empires, alliances, assassination, revolution and battles. pic.twitter.com/l3W3mpthJY

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We look forward to welcoming Parents/Carers, Pupils and the local community to the 'FHS Wellbeing Fete' pic.twitter.com/gmcoUGsvqz


🌟 Cambridge Teaching AwardsThe Cambridge Teaching Awards are now open for nominatins. If you would like to nominate a teacher for an award please use the following link where you can also find information: https://t.co/TTGdSIePEY

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❤️Thank you to for sponsoring Forest Hall School with two Mega Paint Sets.All the students are excited to use your products at Warhammer Club. pic.twitter.com/62iDFVTxdm

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🍞 The best masterclass since sliced bread! 🍞 Year 10 got to learn the skills and tips from an expert baker. 🍞Alan Ackroyd, a retired baker, visited Year 10 GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition students for a masterclass in bread-making. pic.twitter.com/lyr19tPJg8

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We look forward to welcoming the FHS community to this incredibly informative event. pic.twitter.com/lxGmnIRAtQ

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🎄🎅🤶An exceptional end to the Autumn term...Eagle Charity Week ✔️Christmas dinner 🍽️✔️PTA Sweet stall 🍬✔️Food Bank donations delivered 🥫✔️Acts of Kindness provided to many families ❤️ ✔️Wishing all families a safe and peaceful Christmas break. pic.twitter.com/ffqaCmmcfR

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SEND Enhanced Provision

Forest Hall School supports and provides provision for students with special educational needs and/or disabilities (often referred to as SEND). Every school has an appointed co-ordinator of SEND (known as the SENCO) who ensures that students are supported within the school and who liaises with parents and external agencies. The SENCO is Mr Ray Coe. 

Forest Hall School has one of only two provisions for students with severe and persistent literacy difficulties, in Essex and serves students from across a wide area. This provision is not available to all pupils at Forest Hall School. Each year there are up to five students who are offered a place in the provision, who must have an Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP) which states Severe and Persistent Literacy Difficulties as the priority reason for the Education Health & Care Plan. They have a place at the school and then receive focused support in addition to their normal curriculum.

This is done through specific withdrawal lessons taught by specialist staff and with additional support in some lessons from Teaching Assistants/Academic Mentors. Students are taught and given strategies to enable them to access the curriculum, work to overcome their difficulties and match their potential with real success. Students' Admission to the provision is through the Psychology and Assessment Service within the child’s Local Education Authority, not through the school, although successful students become fully involved members of the school in the same way as every other student.  

Typically, provision will include:

  • -up to 10 hours of small group or one-to-one teaching time with a named and designated specialist teacher 
  • -a tailored programme of support built around the outcomes from the student’s EHCP 
  • -termly Individual Provision Plans (IPPs) which detail their support and progress 
  • -access to a variety of technologies and activities to meet their specific needs 
  • -annual meetings with the “Preparing for Adulthood Adviser” from Year 9 to Year 11 to discuss possible routes through Further Education and Training post-16 
  • -support with applications to College or Apprenticeships and Employment 
  • -visits from past students to be inspired and recognise that SEND is not a barrier to success 
  • -possible placement in the Nurture Group for lessons in Years 7-9 if this is deemed appropriate. 

-a range of strategies are used by staff working in the provision to support students and teachers across the school are supported to use these in lessons.

Some of these may include: 

  1. Link new learning to what pupil already knows, for example, start a lesson with a class mind-map of what they already know about a subject; Specific activities are differentiated appropriately, e.g. words for spelling practice, times tables practice, methods of recording; Opportunities for practical and interactive, as well as paper and pencil tasks; 
  • Thinking time or opportunities to work with talk partners before answering a question, or say “I’m going to come back to you in a minute for your idea”; A range of lesson activities to take account of different learning strengths, and practical activities offered where possible, e.g. learning from pictures, diagrams, mind-maps, using practical equipment, handling objects, moving and doing rather than sitting; Mastery Learning/learning to automaticity through repetition and practice in different ways. Interleaved or cumulative learning to improve retention (a small amount of material is learnt to fluency, then a small amount of new material to learn is added and practised alongside the previous material – new material is always combined with the old); Alternatives to writing as a method of recording - typing, speech-to-text, video/audio recording. Handouts with learning points rather than asking pupils to copy text from the board.Access to assistive technology for those who find it difficult to read large amounts of text or to write quickly enough.

Additionally, staff who are new to the school and may be unfamiliar with the needs presented by students with severe and persistent literacy difficulties are supported by the experienced teachers in the provision. We operate an open-door policy where staff can visit at any time to “see what we do” and ask more detailed questions they may have about students who are part of the provision. We also support the Forest Hall School SEND department and the school SENCo with advice about Literacy Difficulties. 

The leader for the provision is Ms Judith Harrington.


Please note that the provision is undergoing a change of name and there may still be references to the DSU on our website. 

Provision Vision DSU-Vision-1.pdf
Provision Learning Journey DSU-Learning-Journey.pdf
Teaching of Vocabulary Vocabulary-Teaching-in-the-DSU-and-Nurture.pdf


Parent Comments about the provision:

“Fantastic success reached in early attainment in 3 GCSEs aged 14”.

“Very pleased with progress – gained confidence in all areas”.

“Works more independently”.

Student Comments about the provision:

“Improved on my Maths and English skills thanks to the DSU”.

“I have confidence now and think that comes from being in the DSU."

“My reading and writing is much better and I am more confident”.


Should you wish to contact any of the SEN Team, please contact the main reception either by phone or email. 

Please visit http://www.essexlocaloffer.org.uk to view the Essex Local Offer information. 


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