Forest Preparatory School is an independent co-educational school for pupils up to the age of eleven. The school has its own thriving Nursery and Kindergarten for children from two to four years old.

Forest is situated in the attractive suburb of Timperley near Altrincham and within easy access of Manchester city centre. The school provides pleasant and peaceful surroundings for children to pursue their studies.

Classrooms are grouped in a number of buildings set within over an acre of mature gardens. There are spacious green areas as well as three rubberised or hard surfaced playgrounds. Pre-Prep and Reception classes also have fenced outdoor play provision attached to their classrooms.

We expect high standards of behaviour and in our calm learning environment children develop a love of learning, a feeling of being valued and a genuine sense of achievement.

About Us

Here at Forest we believe that we have found a perfect balance in pursuing academic excellence whilst at the same time maintaining strong pastoral care standards. 

We strongly believe that if a child is happy they will learn and if they have a sound and efficient framework within which to work they will thrive. 

Every child is made to feel important and valued by all concerned and through this atmosphere of collaboration, success is achieved. 

As one parent recently wrote “We were looking for a well balanced school where boys and girls would be encouraged to work hard and play hard. We found this at a vibrant little place called Forest.”

Rick Hyde- Headmaster



“The school has high expectations, which the children match with their very strong work ethic. Our small classes enable us to have a broad and challenging curriculum.”

“Children are well prepared for the next stage of their education and we have an outstanding record in entrance examinations to independent and state grammar schools. There is an expectation that each child will reach their own academic potential."

Graeme Booth- Deputy Head





Vision Statement

Our vision is embedded in putting pupil success at the heart of every decision.

We provide a happy, stimulating and well-disciplined environment, and encourage each child to reach their full potential and strive for excellence in all areas of school life.

We believe in developing pupils’ self-esteem so that they have confidence to use their individual talents, skills and knowledge effectively and leave Forest equipped to be lifelong learners.

We value the partnership which exists between school, parents and community and the part it plays in realising this vision.

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Working for Us

Here at Forest we recognise that the people who work for us are fundamental in enabling us to provide an exceptional learning experience for every pupil we teach. To provide an outstanding education, we need outstanding teachers and support staff. If you would like to be part of a school that is always looking for improvement, that never stands still, that utilises every innovation to improve the learning environment, we would love to hear from you.

If you're searching for your next teaching or support role, why not contact us now? You'll be working at a great school and be part of a friendly, helpful team. We're always interested to hear from enthusiastic, committed teachers and Support staff.

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Part of Bellevue Education...

Forest Preparatory School is part of Bellevue Education

Bellevue Education is committed to excellence in education. Each Bellevue school is run independently but shares the same values: we believe in broad curricula delivered in innovative ways that excite and engage children; we believe in investment – in teachers, buildings and technology; and we believe that exceptional results should be a by-product of the education that we offer, not the exclusive focus.

We recruit the best teachers and head teachers and make sure that they are fully supported with innovative resources, shared best practice and focused training. We involve parents in their children’s education with not only regular meetings and written reports, but also with head teacher blogs, social media and parent workshops. Most importantly, we treat every child as an individual with their own unique set of talents.

Bellevue pupils are encouraged to aim high, and we provide them with everything they need to succeed.

To find out more about Bellevue Education, browse current vacancies and look up other schools within the group, please click here


Forest Preparatory School for boys and girls was founded in 1924 by the Clegg sisters. Originally the school was in a large house called ‘The Laurels’ across the road from the present site. As the school flourished, so it became necessary to move to larger premises. Oak Cottage, a gentleman’s residence with its stable and large grounds, seemed the ideal place to house the growing school and the move was soon completed.

There is a strong tradition of houses and the children are placed in one when they start. The houses: Jordon, Chorlton, Mimwood and Kersal are named after significant events in the lives of the founders. In fact Mimwood was the house name of the Uncle who bought Forest School (then known as Oak Cottage). Jordon was the surname of the very first two children enrolled.

Since that time, the lower floor of the stable block has been converted to provide an assembly hall and the upper floor has provided further room for classrooms. Two additional purpose built blocks have been added. A resource and music room was opened a few years ago, as music is a strong element of the children’s lives.

A new computer suite was created, along with a library, in the main house. Forest began as a country school close to the village of Timperley. It provided pleasant and peaceful surroundings for its students to pursue their studies. Now it is situated in the centre of a quiet residential area within easy access of Manchester, but its large grounds still retain that country charm.