This section enables you to search our database to find your local forest school:
This directory is for connecting Forest Schools Practitioners with those looking to either develop Forest Schools provision in their setting/group, or wish for their children to attend a programme.
If you are an Archimedes/Forest Schools Education qualified Level 3 Practitioner and wish to be included in this list then please submit your information.
Please select a county from the drop down list:
Contact: Ruth Bell
currently trained to level 3.
Looking for projects to become involved in. Previously worked as project leader in after school clubs. Workshop leader for theatre-in-education companies, touring schools and youth centres.
10 Acre Wood10 Acre Wood Contact: Jane Bailey
10 Acre Wood is set in a beautiful valley in North Cornwall. We run Forest School activities and adult workshops in rural skills and crafts. You can also hire 10 Acre Wood as a venue to host your own workshops and events.
A Touch of the WildA Touch of the WildEducation Contact: Hannah Standen
A Touch of the Wild is based in a secret location deep in the woods at Haldon Forest Park, near Exeter. We offer:
Education groups – Offering a wide variety of sessions suitable for nursery to university age children & young people; we can design suitable sessions relating to themes and areas of the curriculum your group are working on in the classroom.
Woodland Adventure Club – our exciting Holiday Club for 6-13 year olds runs every school holidays (except Christmas and February half term). Your children and our expert outdoors staff discover new things in nature – playing and exploring the woods, enjoying the streams, ponds and wild places, and learning cool woodland skills.
Birthday parties – For age 4 and up, our tailor-made parties are the ideal way for your child and their friends to have an unforgettable birthday experience. As well as swinging in hammocks in our woodland playground, the children can roam the woods, listen to stories around a campfire, and even cook campfire treats.
Corporate adventures – It’s a scientific fact that inside every office worker, beats the heart of a mighty jungle lord! At A Touch of the Wild, we set that jungle lord free with brilliant outdoor challenges to enhance self-confidence, communication, negotiation and leadership.
Visit the website to find out more.
Abbeyfields Forest SchoolAbbeyfields Forest School Contact: Ross Pearson
A Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning
The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences. Forest Schools have demonstrated success with children of all ages who visit the same local woodlands on a regular basis. Through play, children have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.
Forest School programmes run throughout the year using the woods in all weathers (except for high winds). Children use full sized tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self motivated.
What We Do
At Abbeyfields First School, we run our own Forest School. Situated within the school grounds, our Forest School has full access to the surrounding acres of natural woodland. Our site is teaming with wildlife, including resident badgers, foxes, deer, red squirrels, rabbits, bats, owls and many species of rare native birds. We have three log circles complete with fire pits where the majority of the teaching and learning takes place, an outdoor classroom, a wildlife hide and a second satellite site at Athys Dean woodland next to the River Wansbeck. We currently offer a yearly course to all our students, day courses for schools and groups, woodland parties and outdoor courses. The wide range of activities we offer are designed to develop the following:
- Self Awareness
- Self Regulation
- Intrinsic motivation
- Good social communication skills
- A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence
All our activities are fully risk assessed and implemented by qualified Forest School Practitioners in accordance with The Department for Children, Schools and Families.
Acorn AnticsAcorn Antics Contact: Cathy Pearce
At Acorn Antics, we aim to provide Real life, Hands on, Nature Based Experiences for children and adults.
We believe that by Exploring, Discovering and Creating with Nature we can all see improvements in our confidence, self-esteem, independence and creativity as well as learning a whole host of new skills along the way.
Simplicity is key to our sessions. Nature provides the resources and inspiration, we provide the support, skills and tools. Finish it all off with a hot drink, snack and a chat about our experiences and you have a recipe for a great time.
Working in North Yorkshire, Teeside and Darlington area.
To find out more please explore our website.
Acorns Pre-schoolAcorns Pre-school Contact: Paula Jenkins
Acorns Pre-school, Christian Malford has a wonderful self-contained garden with an outdoor classroom and is situated adjoining Malford Meadow and within a short walk of a private wooded area to which we have been given access.
Amanda Wilcox, one of our play leaders, is qualified as a Level 3 Forest School leader and Paula Jenkins is qualified to Level 1 Forest School. All our staff are passionate about the importance of free flow play, children learning about boundaries and safety through experience and spending as much time as possible outside.
Consequently Acorns has a strong focus on outdoor learning. The children are able to go outside whenever they want throughout the day where they take part in both child initiated play and adult led activities. The garden has fantastic facilities which support so many different types of play – an outdoor classroom that can be used in all weather, water play and a mud kitchen, a spider web to climb on, a safe pond area, a willow wigwam, raised beds, a playhouse, a climbing frame and a paved area which is fantastic for ride-ons.
In addition in the garden, we have many bits and pieces (tunnels, tubes, tyres etc) that the children can access themselves to spark their imagination and create their own play. This equipment is based on the loose parts theory, more information can be found on this theory here.
Throughout the week the children are given the opportunity to visit Malford Meadow where they begin to learn about their environment, the seasons and taking responsibility for their own safety. These experiences are based on the Forest School Concept.
Every Wednesday, known as Wilderness Wednesday at Acorns, the children have the opportunity to spend most of the day in the wood. This allows them to take the skills learnt during the rest of the week and explore a new area. They make their own Soda bread for their snack (a typical Forest School activity) and will drink hot chocolate made on a fire, build shelters and start to learn about nature.
Take a look at Acorns in Pictures to see the children enjoying everything we do.
Adder and Ash Forest SchoolAdder and Ash Forest SchoolIndependent Practitioner Contact: Danny Hallam
I am a fully qualified Level III Forest School Practitioner and an experienced mainstream and SEN Teacher having worked with reception to Y6 as well as secondary classes.
Offering FS programmes and sessions on an independent basis, I will come to your school or meeting place to run sessions in a nearby forest or woodland; however access to a wild area within the school grounds or nearby can be sufficient. I am based in Prestwich and Whitefield and available to work with schools in Bury, Manchester, Bolton or Rochdale.
With experience of leading outdoor activities and skills from a scouting background
Please contact me, or visit my website for more information about how Forest schools can enrich your pupils learning and emotional development and help them meet curriculum targets.
CRB checked and insured.
Alfreton Nursery SchoolAlfreton Nursery School Contact: Laura Dolby
As a nursery school we have been practicing in Forest Schools now with our children in a fun and creative way. Our children enjoy engaging in Forest School activities within a specially created Forest School garden in our grounds, where we have planted a variety of trees, including silver birch and fruit trees. We have created a log circle and have a large willow tunnel, a cave and a teepee within this creative learning environment. The children enjoy this learing experience until their fourth term. In their fourth term they travel to our own Woodland site where they develop and extend their Forest School skills within a woodland environment. We are a very enthusiastic team and our whole team approach leads to Forest Schools being delivered to our children and their famillies through a genuine love for their natural world.
Anne-Marie MedhurstAnne-Marie Medhurst Contact: Anne-Marie Medhurst
Forest School provides a rich and stimulating environment with activities that are carefully managed to include an element of challenge and help children to develop awareness of risk and the skills and confidence to manage risk.
It includes challenging play which helps them to develop physical fitness, emotional resilience and social skills.
I am a fully qualified Level III Forest School Practitioner and an experienced mainstream and SEN Teacher.
Based in Kent, I provide Forest School sessions for mainstream and SEN pupils. I also provide CPD training for adults.
Unlike other practitioners, I do not ask you to travel to a specific location but will deliver Forest School sessions in your own school grounds. You do not need to have a large woodland, access to a wild area within the school grounds or nearby is usually sufficient.
Apogee Forest SchoolApogee Forest SchoolForest School Contact: hari Atkins
At Apogee Forest Schools we strongly believe in nurturing the child as a whole person and allowing them to develop as an individual. With this in mind, we provide the children with the opportunity to regularly participate in sessions alongside a fully qualified and skilled Forest School leader in a safe and successful environment.