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Heart of the Forest Community Special School is the only school in the Forest of Dean serving children and young people who have severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties and complex needs. Our pupils range from 3 – 19 years.

Like any other school in the country, teaching and learning is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and National Curriculum.

The accommodation consists of thirteen class-based areas, food technology room, Multi Sensory Room, ICT/Music room, hydrotherapy pool, music room, Life Skills room, physiotherapy room, sports hall and assembly hall/dining room.

At present pupils are taught in groups according to Key Stage.

Playgrounds and a grassed area are available to the pupils together with large play equipment and enclosed play areas with safety surfaces for the younger pupils.

Information and Communication Technology is used throughout the School with interactive white boards in every classroom and a good supply of relevant and structured programme material is available to all pupils.  

We believe that Education is a partnership between home, school and Governors. We aim to build on the things your child has already learned, to work closely with you and involve you in all aspects of school life.

May we invite you to take every opportunity to come into school on both formal and informal occasions? Together we will ensure that we work for the benefit of your child to give him or her the best possible start in life based on a well-balanced education.

Melissa Bradshaw, Headteacher

School Closures

In case of unforeseen school closures, e.g. heavy snowfall or very severe storms, parents are asked to tune into the local radio station, Heart FM or Radio Gloucestershire, to find out whether Heart of the Forest Community Special School is closed. A list of affected schools should be broadcasted regularly. Gloucestershire County Council website lists school closures.  We also belong to the text messaging service Teachers2Parents, and will send an appropriate message to the mobile phone number we have been given, or a voice-mail equivalent to the home phone.

Celebrating the impact of Music Therapy

School News


Proposal to lower the age range of the school from three years old to two years old by September 2017.

Hard copies of the proposal can be obtained from the school on request. If anyone wishes to comment on, or object to the proposal please email us. Alternatively you can click to read the documents here - Case Study and Proposal.

The consultation period ends on Friday 23rd December 2016

Our new pavilion building is open.

Watch the video showing Jonny May from Gloucester Rugby Club and England officially cut the ribbon. 

Read what Learning Escapes have said about the opening.

See all the images from the day

Read all about the background to the project

Our contribution to the Local Authority Local Offer

Download Our British Values Curriculum Statement and SMSC News

View our School Improvement Plan

New Pied Piper MPV

Pied Piper presented the school with an MPV which means that smaller groups of pupils can be transported for activities such as college taster days and work experience. They provided the funding for the majority of this vehicle. It can carry up to 4 passengers and a wheelchair. Gloucester Rugby Club support Pied Piper and some players visited the school for the presentation. We would like to thank Pied Piper for their continued support.