Contacting the school

What are the main contact details of the school?

How do I contact a teacher?

  • By email, using the full name of the teacher followed by the school email address:
  • Write a note for your child to give to the teacher
  • By phone, leaving a message with the main office

Can I visit the school in person?

As a social distancing measure, parents and others who wish to visit the school must make an appointment in advance. Please phone or email the school office using the contact details above, explaining the reason for your visit. An appointment will be arranged if your enquiry cannot be resolved via phone or email.

If your child has forgotten to bring any non-essential items to school (such as sports kit, stationery) please do not bring it to Reception to be passed to your child. The only items that are accepted at this time are essential medical items.

Absence, punctuality and holidays

What do I do if my child is absent from school due to illness or accident?

  • Phone the school and select option 1 to leave your child’s full name, tutor group and reason for absence.
  • Absences of 3 or more days must be accompanied by a note from a medical professional.
  • Please see separate guidance on Covid-19 related absences here

What is an ‘absence text’?

  • This is sent to you if your child is absent and you have not contacted the school. Please reply promptly to establish your child’s whereabouts.

What do I do if my child has an appointment during school time?

  • Your child must bring their appointment card / letter to the school office, prior to the appointment. If the appointment is after 10.30 your child should attend school first. Parents must collect their child and return them to school. No child should go home alone.  

What do I do if I want my child to take a holiday during school term time?

Requests for holidays in term time will not be authorised by the Headteacher. Government legislation makes it clear that “Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.”  A family holiday does not qualify as exceptional circumstances.

After school activities and detention

How can I check if my child is staying behind for an after school club or detention?

  • Your child should inform you if they will be remaining in school after the end of the normal school day
  • Students can be detained for up to an hour after school at the discretion of the teacher without prior notice
  • Ring the school to check on the day and if at all possible we will confirm this


How much does the school lunch cost?

  • The main meal deal costs £2.15
  • Meals options are between £1.30 and £1.60
  • Please provide your child with a packed lunch if you have not been able to top up credit on ParentMail
  • The school office will contact you at the end of the week if your child has neither ParentMail credit or a packed lunch to let you know how much you owe for lunch passes that week (£2.15 per day)

How does my child get a free lunch?

ParentMail and payments

The school uses a cashless system called ParentMail for all payments. ParentMail is also used for important messages to parents.

No cash can be accepted by Reception for lunch top-up or payment for school trips/items.

All parents must register and stay up-to-date on ParentMail. For further details please visit the following page:


What is the correct school uniform?

  • You can find our school uniform policy in the Parents section of our website and in your child’s planner

Where can I buy school uniform and PE kit?

How can  you help with the cost of the uniform?

  • We want all of our students to wear the correct uniform. Your enquiry will be dealt with sensitively and on a need to know basis
  • If your child is an existing student please contact their Head of Learning
  • If your child is about to join the school please discuss this at your admissions interview

What is the school doing to protect against Covid-19?

We take everyone's safety very seriously. Please see our comprehensive guidance on Covid-19 here.


How do you help my child if they are being bullied?

  • At Forest Gate, we are committed to providing a caring, friendly and respectful environment in which all of our students feel safe. We do not accept bullying of any kind in school or around the school. A range of sanctions will be applied to those who bully.
  • If bullying does occur, we expect all students who are victims or witnesses to report it immediately to a member of staff or use report.it@forestgatecst.org. We will stop the bullying at the earliest opportunity and carry out an investigation. Victims of bullying will be supported by their year team and offered counselling, peer mentoring and activities to help them feel safe again. Where appropriate, bullies will apologise to their victim and bullies and their victims will be reconciled. Parents of the victim and bully will be informed of the incident and our response.

Lost property

Where can my child collect lost property?

  • Lost property is kept in the main office and your child should go there and ask
  • Please label all items with your child’s name and it will be returned to them
  • Unclaimed lost property is disposed of at the end of each term.


How do I get my child into your school?

  • The London Borough of Newham is the Admissions Body for Forest Gate Community School.
  • For children moving from primary to secondary school see the information booklet from the London Borough of Newham in the Parents section of our website.
  • For children of secondary school age moving during the school year (known as in year, mid phase or mid-term admissions) contact Newham Pupil services on 020 8430 2000 to request an application form.

School events

How do I find out what is on and when?

Parents’ evenings

When are parents’ evenings?

Autumn 2021

  • Year 7 Parents' Information Evening: Tuesday 19 October, 4:00-6:00pm

Spring 2022

  • Year 11 Parents’ Evening: Tuesday 18 January, 4:30-7:00pm
  • Year 10 Parents’ Evening: Tuesday 1 February, 4:30-7:00pm
  • Year 8 Parents' and Options Evening: Tuesday 1 March, 4:30-7:00pm
  • Year 9 Parents' Evening: Tuesday 22 March, 4:30-7:00pm

Summer 2022

  • Year 11 Parents' Forum: Tuesday 26 April, 4:30-6:00pm
  • Year 7 Parents’ Evening: Wednesday 4 May, 4:30-7:00pm
  • Year 10 Parents' Forum (Year 11 Transition): Tuesday 14 June, 5:00-6:00pm
  • Year 6 Parents' Transition Evening: Wednesday 22 June, 4:30-7:00pm
  • Year 6 Virtual Transition Day, Thursday 23 July

School holidays

When are the school holidays?

Autumn 2021

  • Half term: Monday 25th October to Friday 29th October 2021
  • Christmas break: Friday 17th December 2020 to Friday 7th January 2022

Spring 2022

  • Half term: Monday 14th February to Friday 18th February 2022
  • Spring break: Monday 4th April to Monday 18th April 2022

Summer 2022

  • Early May Bank Holiday (May Day): Monday 2nd May 2022
  • Half term: Monday 30th May to Friday 3rd June 2022