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What is 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 local woodland or natural environment with trees.”

Forest School is a specialised approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland learning. (Forest School Association, 2019)


Forest School aligns with Crockenhill Primary School’s ethos of providing a safe, nurturing environment where children develop a sense of respect for each other, their community and surroundings. Equally, our school values of cooperation, perseverance, independence, motivation, creativity and aspiration parallel Forest School experiences, since these attributes are fostered organically in a Forest School environment. We aim to ensure our children can develop into responsible, honest and confident members of society, which we believe will be achieved through The Forest School Programme.

Here's what our children had to say about Forest School:


"I loved Forest School, because it made me feel free." 


"In one session I was so determined to light the fire. It took ages, but I finally managed to do it". 


"Forest School is a calm place and I just have fun." 


"I love roasting marshmallows."


"Building dens is the best!"


Photos of our Forest School in Action

For more information about Forest School you can visit the Forest School Association website below:


 To find out more about Forest School at Crockenhill Primary School you can contact