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. 

Jonny Bailey, Housemaster

I will start in my role as Housemaster of Forest in September 2021. For the past five years, I have been Deputy Housemaster in Forest and have 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.

Yvette Tolson, Matron

I have been at the College for 25 years. I love my job as Matron of Forest House – looking after the day-to-day running of the House, and the general wellbeing of all our boys.

My favourite thing about Forest is the friendly atmosphere between the Housemaster, the staff and all of the pupils.

I might be biased, but I think Forest is a great House. The boys are very social, and lots of fun. They are loyal to their House and care about the wellbeing of the other boys.

Jonny Bailey

Yvette Tolson