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Forest Schools

What is Forest School? An Introduction.


Forest Schools:

Are nature-based communities where trained practitioners nurture learner-led exploration and discovery, nurturing meaningful experiences for positive lifelong impacts.

Wellbeing is the foundation of our practice and through recognising the social, emotional and physical needs of participants we provide the guidance and facilitation for our time in nature.

Through creating learner inspired experiences based on exploration and discovery, we recognise opportunities to mentor holistic growth over the course of long-term programmes.

In developing the community, we nurture a culture based on collaboration and of embracing challenge so that we can allow, over time, for the blossoming of character, resilience and empathy, and for a greater sense of connection, with nature and for our shared future.


Forest School Approach at The Academy at St James

Our Forest School Provision allow us to assess our targeted pupils on a half termly bases.

Impact is measured using a bespoke assessment tool which focuses on the following sub themes:

  • Confidence with peers
  • Confidence with leaders or significant adults
  • Engagement & Challenge
  • General mood
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Self motivation
  • Social Skills
  • Self Awareness
  • Self Regulation
  • Empathy
  • Wellbeing
  • Independence
Forest School Assessment Tool


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