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Head of Prep School Sport

Forest SchoolE17 3PY, Waltham Forest

Would you like to work in a well-established independent Preparatory School with ambitious plans for the future?

Forest Preparatory School is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Head of Prep School Sport, someone who takes initiative, demonstrates an enthusiastic, flexible and approachable leadership style, who has an innovative 'growth mindset, a commitment to excellent practice, a holistic outlook on pupil development and who will be both fully involved in the life of this forward-looking and dynamic school and fully aligned with the exciting plans for future development.

Introduction to Forest Preparatory School

Forest Preparatory School is in the middle of a very exciting development of the site, as work on the expansion and building project has recently been completed. This has enabled Forest Preparatory School’s provision to reach a new and even more innovative level. Benefiting from the structure and the economies of scale it brings, Forest Prep School is a vital component of an all-through school which teaches pupils from 4 to 18. Forest Preparatory School has expanded recently to three form entry in the Pre-Prep and a total of 336 pupils altogether.

Forest Preparatory School Vision Aims and Values


Forest Preparatory School will provide an education founded on challenge, breadth and personal fulfilment. Our learning environments will be inclusive, creative and industrious spaces where teachers inspire and support pupils to exceed their expectations and to strive for ambitious goals. Forest Prep pupils will achieve more than academic excellence; they will become remarkable young people, empowered to make a positive difference in a changing world. Our staff will champion each and every pupil and nurture in them the qualities of initiative, perseverance and responsibility.


Forest Preparatory School will equip pupils to flourish in the world into which they will grow up and prepare them for the next stage of their education. We will achieve this by:

Curating a broad and innovative curriculum

Building pupils’ capacity to learn and to lead

Challenging pupils to think deeply and to develop self-reliance

Nurturing pupils’ pastoral and spiritual development in an atmosphere of trust, fairness and community

Developing pupils’ sense of empathy, compassion and global citizenship

Caring for all aspects of pupils’ wellbeing and teaching them to practise self-care


Pupils will demonstrate initiative by being: 

  • inquiring       
  • adaptable       
  • a communicator

Pupils will demonstrate perseverance by being: 

  • organised       
  • problem-solving       
  • resilient

Pupils will demonstrate responsibility by being: 

  • respectful       
  • a collaborator       
  • a leader

Forest Preparatory School: Where Young People Grow

About Forest

Forest School is an independent school for boys and girls aged 4-18 yrs established in 1834; benefiting from a tremendous location on the edge of North-East London. London’s only diamond structure school, Forest combines both single-sex and co-educational teaching on a single site as pupils move up the school. Our 1,395 boys and girls are taught together until the age of seven, separately from seven to 16, before coming back together again in a joint sixth form. This diamond structure offers all the academic benefits of single-sex teaching with all the social benefits of a co-educational school. The best of both worlds.


Forest is a city school set within 50 acres of grounds surrounded by Epping Forest, within easy walking distance of Snaresbrook Central line tube station and Wood Street Overground station.

Why work at Forest?

There are many benefits of working at Forest school as staff are our single most important asset. Key benefits include:     

  • Generous CPD budget         
  • Comprehensive Professional Development Review system         
  • Opportunities to contribute to the wider community via our extensive Outreach Programme 
  • Free hot lunch (takeaway sandwich lunch also available) and refreshments throughout the day         
  • 20% fee remission (pro-rata for part time staff) for children attending Forest which is applicable Y3-Y13         
  • Subsidised membership to the Sylvestrian Leisure Centre       
  • Membership of the School's Group Life Assurance scheme and Personal Accident Scheme  
  • Contribution towards private medical insurance fees         
  • Membership of a pension scheme

Don’t just take our word for it!

What the Good Schools Guide say:

“Forest is a power-house with a heart. The pupils exude purpose – modern, dynamic youngsters with an eye on what’s happening next”

Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Key Findings (November 2017):

“The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent…The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent”

For more information on our CPD, training and ethos please visit our career site.

Please visit our website ( where you will find a full introduction to Forest Preparatory School.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis so early applications are encouraged. The School reserves the right to make an appointment at any stage.

Applications close on Monday 20 February 2023, 09:00am

Interviews will be held in the week of Monday 27 February, 2023

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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