Forest School

What is Forest School?


Forest school is a type of outdoor education where learners visit forests and woodlands, learning personal, social and technical skills. It has been defined as,

"an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adult’s regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment"

O'Brien, Liz; Murray, Richard (2008), Forest School Research Summary (PDF), Forest Research


The six guiding principles of Forest School.

  1. Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
  2. Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a lifelong relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  3. Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
  4. Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  5. Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  6. Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners, who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.




What do I need?


An aptitude for FUN

Wellington Boots

Old Clothes (to get muddy and dirty)

Waterproof trousers and Coat

Who to Contact about Forest School


Forest School Leader:  Miss Fisher

New Horizons School, Beauchamp Road

St Leonards On Sea TN38 9JU

01424 858020.






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