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Information about Forest School

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. (Forest Schools, 2012)

What is Forest School ?

At Forest School all participants are viewed as:

    • equal, unique and valuable
    • competent to explore & discover
    • entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge
    • entitled to choose, and to initiate and drive their own learning and development
    • entitled to experience regular success
    • entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people
    • entitled to develop a strong, positive relationship with their natural world

This learner-centred approach interweaves with the ever-changing moods and marvels, potential and challenges of the natural world through the seasons to fill every Forest School session and programme with discovery and difference. Yet each programme does also share a common set of principles, aimed at ensuring that all learners experience the cumulative and lasting benefits that quality Forest School offers.

“We are able to climb trees and balance along logs and generally have fun at Forest School.”