Forestdale Primary School

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Selsdon Education Partnership

This partnership was originally formed in 2011 by the four primary schools: Forestdale, Courtwood, Gilbert Scott and Red Gates. It was designed to enhance the learning opportunities for the pupils attending all four schools. In the summer of 2012 Quest Academy, John Ruskin College and Woodlands Children’s Centre joined the partnership. This partnership has the full backing of the Local Authority.

Since its inception the head teachers meet each term to plan: joint activities, visitors to school and learning opportunities. The staff teams have also visited schools within the partnership to; share priorities; gain ideas to further their practice; develop a wide and varied curriculum.

Philosophy for Children (P4C) at Forestdale Primary School

The partnership has been able to offer a wide range of events. The four primary schools have each delivered a series of sessions for pupils including: drama, clay work, Forest schools, IT, communication, singing, dancing, table tennis, philosophy, sensory art, and tennis. The school councils of each school have also met under the guidance and support of Quest pupils. Quest Academy has offered the primary schools Academy Days including sessions on mathematics, PE and food technology. John Ruskin College has delivered CSI style investigations for pupils. Each year the schools plan a timetable of events across the three terms for their pupils.

SEP Curriculum Enhancement
When What Where For whom
Autumn 1 Academy Day 1 Quest Year 5
Autumn 2 Table Tennis Forestdale Year 3
Autumn 2 Philosophy Forestdale Year 3
Spring 1 MA Maths Quest Year 5
Spring 2 CSI John Ruskin Year 4
Spring 2 Academy Day 2 Quest Year 5
Spring Art/Sensory*Sing and Sign Red Gates SEN
Summer 1 Forest Schools Courtwood Year 2
Summer 2 Tennis Gilbert Scott Year 5
Summer 2 Academy Day 3 Quest Year 5
Alternative Sports Event for all schools

There is a planned annual event in which all schools come together.

Previous annual events have included a five day Olympic event during the summer of 2012.

In 2013 the schools organised a Cultural Event in which children spent time watching Indian Dance (Forestdale), Country Dancing (Courtwood), African Drums (Gilbert Scott) and Steel Pans (Quest Academy).

In 2014, to support the Croydon Heart Town Initiative, the schools held a Heartnership Event which promoted healthy schools and lifestyle.


In Summer 2015 a Circus themed event enabled children to take part in circus skills workshops.


In Summer 2016, an Arts Day event took place across all the school sites and involved children participating in dance, drama and the creation of large art work.


The planned theme for the 2017 annual event is an Alternative Sports Day.

The SEP partnership’s vision is to enhance pupils’ learning and opportunities in all of the educational establishments and this continues to grow in ambition year on year.