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Outdoor Education





‘Putting nature at the heart of their school and community, one primary school took their Nature Friendly Schools journey to new levels’

Please click the link and read the article below in relation to the grand opening of our outdoor learning space

(Published by the Nature Friendly Schools in association with the Wildlife Trust)


At St James we strongly believe in the importance of learning outside. We have a huge amount of space and over the last 2 years we have make significant improvements to our outdoor educational opportunities. We are incredibly excited to using our Forest School space, purpose built outdoor classroom and newly installed gate to access the local beck and wetlands as well as our loose parts play provision.

Moving forward we are now looking at developing a comprehensive offer which will give our teachers the tools to take learning beyond the classroom, providing amazing educational experiences for our pupils. We are aiming to achieve this by working with partners to plan a bespoke professional development package with strong links to the wider curriculum.

We are so proud of our school community and our commitment and enthusiasm toward Outdoor Learning- this was identified by the Wild Life Trust who invited us to collaborate via a live session discussing all things nature education.

Please be sure to take a look at The Academy St James contribution to a recent live Youtube  CPD session

Published by The Wild Life Trust in relation to our dedication to learning through Nature



At The Academy at St James  we have committed to the following in the academic year 2021/22:

1. Four x weekly dedicated Forest School sessions for identified pupils SEMH/SEN to support our recovery curriculum
2. Hook and enrichment delivered within our green space
3. Annual visits to Nell Bank Outdoor Education for every class to experience learning beyond the classroom
4. Every class accessing at least one educational visit to local place of natural beauty per term

Nell Bank


We have been working with the following organisations who have been integral to developing both our educational offer and fixed assets



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