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Forest School

Forest Schools are an Outdoor Education model in which children or adults visit natural spaces to learn personal, social and technical skills.

Forest Schools use the woods and forests as a means to build independence and self-esteem. Topics are broad in subject including the natural environment and personal skills are considered highly valuable, such as teamwork and problem solving.

Lots of schools arrange outdoor activities for pupils, but forest school is a regular, long-term process.

At Kirkley Hall we encourage groups to attend a number of sessions to build on skills and have a greater understanding of the outdoors and learn new things along the way. We also provide accredited outcomes like the John Muir Awards which is an environmental-based award which celebrates the achievements of those who have participated in the activities over time. Typically, visitors will attend forest school sessions 6 to 12 times a year, ideally throughout the four seasons. But it’s always possible to run bespoke courses and activities where it fits in to your group’s needs.

Benefits of attending Forest School includes:  

  • Increased self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improved social skills
  • The development of language and communication skills
  • Improved physical motor skills
  • Improved motivation and concentration
  • Increased knowledge and understanding of the environment