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About Us

On behalf of the staff and governors at Forest Academy, a Croydon primary school in Shirley, we would like to welcome you to our website.

Forest Academy is a special place where the staff are dedicated to providing a stimulating, exciting environment where every student feels valued and safe. Creativity and ideas can flourish and children can reach their full potential.

Read our prospectus here.

Our Vision

The learning community at Forest Academy creates pupils with inspiration, ambition, academic success where pupils are passionate to learn. Through our challenge curriculum, pupils develop a love for the outdoors and learning in the local environment, being aware that learning can come in many forms. Pupils are respectful of and celebrate each other’s differences, heritage and culture. They are self-motivated, confident pupils able to apply their skills. We are an Academy built on interdependence, encouraging all staff, pupils, parents and carers and the community, to work together to achieve more than they ever could have accomplished as individuals. All pupils are polite, well rounded, inquisitive individuals who are respectful of others. All pupils develop thinking skills enabling future success outside of school and in years to come. We expect the best from every pupil in all that they do.


Forest Academy's culture strives to ensure that no child is left behind in their education, to support every child to succeed. We will fulfil the entitlement of all children to the best primary school education, whatever their needs, support and enable them to have full access to the curriculum, gain the basic skills and to fully participate in the life of the school.

Core values

Achievement for all, excellence, inclusivity, integrity, responsibility, perseverance, collaboration, creativity.

The link between home and school is integral to a child’s success and we encourage parents to take an active part in the education of their child. We see parents as partners in the education of their children, and greatly value their contribution to school life. Children thrive when they feel happy, safe and respected.

Forest Academy is a three form entry mixed primary school with a nursery.  We serve a culturally and socially diverse area and are situated in a residential area close to West Wickham.  We cater for children between the ages of 3 and 11 years old.

Our grounds are extensive and we are fortunate enough to have a brand new nursery and reception area designed within a 'forest' area, complete with running stream.

The School Day

Doors open at 8.45am for all pupils.

  Morning Lunch Afternoon
Nursery 8.45am - 11.45am 11.35am - 12.25pm 12.15pm - 3.15pm
Reception and KS1 8.45am - 12.15pm 12.15pm - 1.15pm 1.20pm - 3.10pm
KS2 8.55am - 12.15pm 12.15pm - 1.15pm 1.20pm - 3.15pm

We want to engage pupils to become skilled and self motivated, lifelong learners, through an enjoyable, memorable curriculum which provides pupils with:

Whatever the needs of your child or special interests they have, we aim to ensure your child thrives at Forest Academy. We want the children here to have memorable experiences, build on what they know and can do and help them to become life-long learners.

As you explore our website join with us in celebrating our continued success and our vision for the future. If you require any further information regarding our school please contact us and we will be only too pleased to help.

We look forward to offering a warm welcome to you and your children.