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What is Forest School?

"Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees."

Forest School association

The aim of our Forest school is to enable all participants to:

  • feel equal, unique and valuable

  • have freedom, time and space to explore and discover

  • manage and assess appropriate risk and challenges for themselves

  • follow their interests and develop ideas

  • develop positive relationships with others and their natural world

  • investigate their surroundings

  • enjoy natural resources

  • participate in unstructured, spontaneous play


Our child-centred approach allows children to be individuals and to blossom at their pace, whilst enjoying their journey of learning and development.

Principles of Forest School from Forest School Association

  • FS is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.

  • FS takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.

  • FS uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.

  • FS aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

  • FS offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

  • FS is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice. 

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