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29/09/22

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📢 We're Hiring! (Stansted) have a vacancy for Science Technician 🖊️ For a job description and application details, please visit https://t.co/U5b9nhiKMC

28/09/22

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📢 We're Hiring! (Stansted) have a vacancy for an Art, Design and Technology Technician 📄 For application details, please visit our website https://t.co/ood3XiyI5s

28/09/22

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📢 We're Hiring! (Stansted) have a vacancy for a Teacher of Music 📄 For application details, please visit our website https://t.co/Z2FYtElJBn

28/09/22

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📢 We're Hiring! (Stansted) have a vacancy for a Learning Mentor 📄 For application details, please visit our website https://t.co/3vhMxN8iqj

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23/09/22

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📢SIXTH FORM INFORMATION MORNING ANNOUNCEMENT 🏫Sir Frederick Gibberd College 🗓️Saturday 19th November ⏰10am - 12pm 📚We are looking forward to welcoming prospective Sixth Form students and families to our school https://t.co/HHUbF6erdh

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22/09/22

📢OPEN EVENING TODAY 🏫Forest Hall School 🗓️Thursday 22nd September ⏰6pm - 9pm 📚We are looking forward to welcoming prospective students and families to our school https://t.co/iU9MR1Ro0H

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13/09/22

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Monday 19th September, the date of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral, will be a national bank holiday. Our schools will be closed on this date. Schools will resume at normal time on Tuesday 20th September. https://t.co/DJ2PVRmbKD

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09/09/22

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BMAT and our schools are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen and we would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the Royal Family at this time of national mourning. https://t.co/lPaBCTyGlX

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02/09/22

📢OPEN EVENING ANNOUNCEMENT 🏫Forest Hall School 🗓️Thursday 22nd September ⏰6pm - 9pm 📚We are looking forward to welcoming prospective students and families to our school https://t.co/p5YErtwjvu

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25/08/22

“I am proud of my results. My teachers have been great and the school has been very good at supporting me.” Congratulations Jack! https://t.co/m17IZwB8IR https://t.co/BUrJiHFYsT

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25/08/22

“I am really excited about my grades.” Congratulations Oscar! https://t.co/m17IZwSbKR https://t.co/vm0aDavgDL

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25/08/22

“These excellent results represent many years of learning and hard work from our young people and the staff at Forest Hall School.” https://t.co/XdJnJepcsz https://t.co/9vMKnMKd7T

29/07/22

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📢 We're Hiring! (Stansted) have a vacancy for a Catering Supervisor 📄 For a job description and application details, please visit our website https://t.co/w7Z359ksuK

29/07/22

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📢 We're Hiring! (Stansted) have a vacancy for a Catering Manager 📄 For a job description and application details, please visit our website https://t.co/UYbKQSNdim

04/07/22

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📢 We're Hiring! (Stansted) have a vacancy for a Catering Manager 📄 For a job description and application details, please visit our website https://t.co/0MfFeakqbx

15/06/22

Students marked Mental Health Awareness Week by taking part in activities including mindful art, chair yoga and meditation, majorettes, boxing and a wilderness walk. https://t.co/1OY8g9pvxU

15/06/22

Lessons outside of the classroom are once again back on the timetable. Students have been able to return to day trips and holidays with their classmates after pandemic restrictions put a stop to them. https://t.co/6PBH0a8H0M

06/06/22

Brave young people trekked through the forest to gain independence and resilience as Year 10 students completed the Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award. https://t.co/YNct3dy4VU

23/05/22

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📢 We're Hiring! (Stansted) have a vacancy for a Teacher of ICT and Computer Science 📄 For a job description and application details, please visit our website https://t.co/BU5Z9Tlg14

23/05/22

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📢 We're Hiring! (Stansted) have a vacancy for a Teacher of English 📄 For a job description and application details, please visit our website https://t.co/at1Kgk3oE7

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Posted: 21st August 2020

Five years ago, Tommy Brown had resigned himself to a menial job with little prospects.

Having struggled with dyslexia since the age of five, he believed his whole life would be a struggle.

That all changed when he joined Forest Hall School and was able to work with the in-house Dyslexia Support Unit (DSU).

Today, he collected a grade 9, a grade 7, a grade 6 and two grade 5 in his GCSEs and is excited to start a film and media production course at West Suffolk College.

He said: “I feel pretty good about my results.

“When I was younger, I was not expected to get any GCSEs. But, when I joined Forest Hall, I met teachers who encouraged me to do better than previously expected of me. They encouraged me to go beyond the ‘normal’ expectations of someone with dyslexia. It was refreshing as it was a new way of supporting my dyslexia and I was doing my reading and writing myself.

“When I was younger, I was the dumb kid. Now, I’m known as the smart kid.”

While Tommy attended the majority of his lessons with his classmates in the mainstream school, he focused on his reading, writing, homework and revision in the DSU.

He said: “All of my teachers at Forest Hall are aware that I’m dyslexic. We have conversations about how I will get around that, especially with textbook heavy subjects such as science. They suggest video alternatives to the reading. It is having those conversations in a comfortable space that really helps.

“I was always encouraged to keep going, even when I said I did not want to. My teachers helped me so much.

“It is odd to look back and realise how much has changed. There was a time when I couldn’t even go to school; I stayed in my room and was really depressed.

“To be in a place where my only real needs are spell checking is great. I will always be dyslexic and have that struggle; there will always be those things I mess up or misspell. But, the fact I can deliver my own work independently is pretty great.”

To younger people struggling to face a life with dyslexia, Tommy said: “Do what is good for you, not what is pleasurable. It is surprising how much effort people are not willing to put in, even if they want something badly. It can be difficult to do the right thing and you have to accept that. It is hard to work hard and do what is good for you.

“I remember when I was really young, someone said my life would always be hard because I’m dyslexic. That made me see it as a no-win scenario. Now, I see it that yes it can be hard, but that allows me to appreciate that what I am doing is working towards something positive.

“I am feeling really, really excited about college. I have gained so much confidence in the last few years. I have a nervous excitement, but the worries are minimal.”

 

Other success stories from Forest Hall School this year…

Beni Bafwa, from Stansted, collected one grade 7 and five grade 6. She is now heading to Long Road Sixth Form College to study psychology, French and textiles.

She said: “I felt a bit shocked when the exams were cancelled as I had wanted to sit them. I was disappointed as I wanted to see what I would have got if I had sat them.

“I was aiming for grades 6 and 7, so I got what I had hoped. It has been nerve-racking waiting to hear, but I am happy with my results.”


Tia Akers, from Hatfield Heath, picked up two grade 8 and four grade 7. She is looking to study art and photography at either Writtle College or Herts and Essex College.

She said: “I am very pleased with these results. They are higher than I was expecting. I was expecting to achieve grade 6s.

“I was a little bit disappointed to not be able to sit the exams, but there was nothing I could do about that.

“I have been keeping busy by doing my own artwork and developing my skills. That has definitely helped me to get through this time.”
 


Amelia Jenkins, from Flitch Green, achieved four grade 9, three grade 8 and a Distinction 2. She is going to study maths, further maths, physics and economics at Herts and Essex College.

She said: “I am elated!

“I was very nervous to get my results as it has been really hard to gauge what was going to happen. Everything was changing a lot. I did not sleep very well last night! Everyone has been so worried about it, but for the majority it seems to have worked out.

“I was a bit disappointed we did not get to sit our exams as it would have been nice to showcase the knowledge we have.

“I feel like I do not have to worry anymore.”

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