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Forest School

What is Forest School?


Forest School is not just going to the woods (although that’s a very important part of it!) It’s a holistic learning approach in which every student is 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


At Forest School we aim to be learner centred, encouraging independence and following the interests and creativity of our students as they explore and discover the amazing sensory experiences that occur daily in nature and are constantly changing with the weather and the seasons.