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Forest – named after Robert Forest, an early major benefactor – was one of the College’s original Houses, formed in 1883. It started life in the main College building, but moved 50 years ago into purpose-built accommodation close to the main rugby pitches and is now home to 60 boys. 

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Jonny Bailey, Housemaster

I started in my role as Housemaster of Forest in September 2021. For the previous five years, I was Deputy Housemaster in Forest and held various Head of Year positions – as well as being a teacher of Economics. I am passionate about sport and coach rugby, football and cricket teams at the College throughout the year.

I have enjoyed a varied career, completing the Teach First scheme after university before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte, and then teaching the ACA qualification at Kaplan Financial, before joining Epsom College.

I am married to Emma and we have three young children, Rory, Mia and Oscar.

Forest is a community built around respect and appreciation for one another. The boys thrive in a supportive atmosphere, where everyone’s strengths and abilities are equally valued. They understand that to gain the most out of their time at the College, throwing themselves into all of the opportunities that present themselves is essential. The solid foundations of friendship and routine that they establish within the House allows them to flourish during the busy days.

Janet King, Matron

I have been at Epsom College and in Forest House for 12 years. I have been Assistant Matron for 10 years and am proud to be stepping up and taking over the role of Matron. Looking after the boy’s general wellbeing and making the house a home from home for them is an essential part of this role and one I take very seriously.

The friendly atmosphere between all staff and pupils within the House is second to none, and the boy’s loyalty to the House and each other is amazing.

In my spare time I love crafting, sewing and quilting in particular and I spend a lot of time mending the boys trousers and sewing on buttons for them!!

Charlie Wells, Head of House 2023-24

I’m entering my fifth year in Forest, having joined in M4. I’m currently studying Economics, DT and Politics.

In my free time I attend the Politics Society where we debate current events and listen to interesting guest speakers. Alongside my interest in politics I enjoy working with the Epsom College EDI department and have been involved with mentoring through the colleges peer-to-peer mentoring scheme.

I am a keen sportsman, although injury has curtailed my love of rugby to more of a coaching role. I represent the College in basketball, football and I also play volleyball.

I’m excited to take up the position of Head of House and feel honoured to represent Forest within the College. I am looking forward to working with all the year groups to help create a welcoming and positive environment for everyone in the House. 

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Jonny Bailey

Janet King