Forest Way School

Post 16 (16-19 years)

In post 16 we enjoy a varied and interesting curriculum to prepare us for life beyond school. We go out of school to learn in different environments and are encouraged to be as independent as possible. Our curriculum is based on preparing for adulthood, life skills, and functional Maths and English.

These are some of the exciting things we do:

The Croft

This is an on-site bungalow, which we use for practical life skills, such as using kitchen appliances and white goods as well cook and eat lessons, where we prepare and cook a two course meal. There is also a classroom and a comfortable lounge area which we utilise during break times. The Croft helps us to transfer our skills in to a real life setting and gives us a sense of identity that differentiates us from the main school.

Links with King Edward School

We use the facilities at King Edward VII School to study Btec Hair and Beauty. We work alongside King Edward VII students in the Salon staffed by a qualified Hairdresser and Beautician. We learn how to wash, dry and style hair, as well as make-up and nail-art.

We also use the site for Btec Construction. Here, learn how to make things such as bird tables using woodworking skills and learn a range of other skills such as measuring with specialist equipment, using tools and working to national health and safety requirements.


We access courses at various local colleges in order to prepare for life beyond Forest Way. We have also been involved in filmmaking competitions and visiting College cafe facilities. We are well supported with making the transition to College by our school as well as SENA and the Transitions adult social care team. We always have a chance to spend time in our chosen College placement, prior to leaving in order that the transition be as smooth as possible.

Work Experience

Our work experience offers range of activities that are geared towards individual student preferences. We have long term volunteering links with Gorse Hill City Farm and a local motor vehicle garage and we also offer individual 1 week placements in areas such as hospitality and hair and beauty through our link with LEBC.

Community Skills

We go out on a regular basis into Coalville and further afield to Ashby and Loughborough. We learn how to catch a local bus to ask for or find what we need in the shops and cafes. We also catch the train into Leicester from Loughborough. We learn about road safety and independent travel skills which we apply when out in the community. We access local beauty spots and we've even been known to travel as far as Birmingham for the skills show. All Post 16 students have the chance to access the community throughout the school.


We plan what we need and purchase stock. We make items to sell on site and we sell refreshments such as tea and coffee to the staff at break times. We regularly check stock, take customer feedback and adapt stock to meet the customers' preferences and requests.

Mini Enterprise

Our enterprise initiatives include a sweet shop or a car wash and we use our functional maths skills to calculate profit which is then ploughed back in to the school.

Community Action

This is our chance to give back to the community. We have been involved in helping to run an alpaca farm at Hall Farm and we have been growing vegetables to provide to the Shuttlewood Clark Foundation in their cafe.

Healthy Living

We are taught by a specialist PE teacher for lessons in school as well as having the opportunity to use the local gym facilities for classes and gym machines following an official induction.

Outdoor Learning

We are passionate about getting outside at Forest Way and our Forest Schools and gardening lessons ensure we get plenty of chances to use our wonderful outdoor learning environment.

Pursuing personal interests

At Forest Way we are encouraged to make choices about personal interests in our ME time and clubs sessions.

Post 16 (16-19 years)
Forest Way School
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