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Celebrating Four Years at our Forest Campus

4 September 2022
- 2 mins


It’s been four years since our fabulous new Forest Campus opened its doors in Cinderford, so we’ve taken the opportunity to celebrate all of our favourite things about the campus.

Built in 2018 with sustainability in mind, the thriving campus has now seen four cohorts of students go on to launch successful careers and attend university after completing courses in a huge range of areas, including art and design, beauty, business, catering, computing, construction, early years, foundation studies, hairdressing and health and social care.

We’ve recently been speaking to staff and students at the campus to hear what they love about working and studying there. If you’d like to see more, you can visit all of our Forest Campus Videos through our YouTube Channel.


“There’s a lot of good facilities here at the campus – we’ve got a big open cafeteria where you can meet other people.”
Sophie, Business Level 3

“There’s a great opportunity to use the local environment - could be abseiling, walking, bike riding. It’s great for team building, socialisation and well-being as well.”
Lisa, Student Mentor

“There’s less people, but in a good way. It’s less crowded – just calmer, nice and more relaxed.”
Jos, Games Design and Development Level 3

“It’s close to me – I can walk here every day from my house which makes life a lot easier for me.”
Thom, Forensic Computing and Cyber Security Level 3

“My favourite thing has to be the people here. Meeting everyone and the friends I’ve made.”
Sophie, Catering and Hospitality Level 3

“The atmosphere is great everywhere. You get to work with people you get on with in the salon.”
Aimee, Hairdressing Level 3

“My favourite thing is the environment that we teach in. We’re very lucky that lots of the settings that the students go into have forest schools so obviously we’ve got the most fantastic resource out there to help educate them about how to use what we’ve got on our doorstep.”
Abigail, Lecturer in Early Years

If you’re not sure about your current placement, there’s still time to switch to courses at Gloucestershire College.

Find out more about our Forest Campus and the courses available and start your new journey today.




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