Forest gate community school 19


A warm welcome from Simon Elliott, CEO, Community Schools Trust, Thahmina Begum, Executive Headteacher and Shuabur Rahman, Associate Headteacher

Forest GateSimon Elliott Community School (FGCS) is an exceptional learning environment with a real community spirit. Ofsted gave our school an “Outstanding” judgement in February 2016, followed by February 2020 and December 2021. 

We provide students with a high degree of challenge combined with excellent support and as a result, our results are outstanding. Our staff share a commitment to delivering interesting and engaging lessons and to raising attainment. Relationships between staff and students are excellent and discipline is very good. We treat one another with respect and understanding.

We have a genuinely comprehensive intake and we work hard to meet the needs of all our students, from those who come to us with exceptional talents and abilities to those who require additional support to succeed.

We are well resourced in our staffing and we have a modern, well-equipped estate which supports learning. We offer a wide range of leadership and extra-curricular opportunities to our students.

Thahmina BegumMy staff team and I are committed to ensuring our young people progress to college, university and working life, fulfilling their aspirations. We provide a first-rate education at FGCS because we equip our students with the skills, knowledge and attitude required to be good citizens and to succeed in the 21st century.

At FGCS we have very high expectations of everyone who is involved with the school - from students and staff to parents and governors. Our goal is to see all students become highly-skilled learners, achieving excellent standards and leading fulfilling and exciting lives. Students and teachers alike enjoy lessons, which make for a positive and purposeful atmosphere throughout the school. Our commitment to equal opportunities is reflected in all aspects of school life and we welcome young people from all cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. We aim for our students to leave FGCS as well-educated, knowledgeable, confident and well-rounded individuals.

We aim to build a love for learning and promote a thirst for knowledge in all our students. We believe that by modelling behaviour, and by recognising and rewarding effort and achievement, we provide an environment where students are proud to present their work and strive for the highest standards. All students can expect to have their efforts and successes recognised and celebrated on both a personal and public level. This ranges from individual praise to certificates, postcards or letters home and awards or whole-school celebration events to work published on the school website or the regular school magazine,

We are a school with enormous strengths. Through the continuous hard work and co-operation of staff, students, parents and governors, we have built a reputation for academic success, as well as an excellent standard of pastoral care.