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Forest School

Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. Forest school develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.

Our fantastic team of Forest School practitioners are constantly developing their learning styles and skills to support new and imaginative learners.

Its roots reach back to the open-air culture, free air life, seen as a way of life in Scandinavia where Forest School began. It arrived in the UK in 1993 and has grown from strength to strength since then.

The process helps and facilitates more than knowledge-gathering, it helps learners develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually. It creates a safe, non-judgemental nurturing environment for learners to try stuff out and take risks. Forest School inspires a deep and meaningful connection to the world and an understanding of how a learner fits within it. Its approach to risk means that learners constantly expand on their abilities by solving real-world issues, building self-belief and resilience. We believe that risk is more than just potential for physical harm, but a more holistic thing, there are risks in everything we do, and we grow by overcoming them. Forest School therefore, helps participants to become, healthy, resilient, creative and independent learners.

At Combs our children are extremely lucky to experience this type of bespoke education every week. Our Forest School practitioner Emma visits our school to provide our children with the freedom of unbounded creativity. Throughout these weekly sessions, the children develop resilience, self-confidence, communication skills, creativity and risk assessing.

Esther and her wonderful team from Inside Out Forest School, enable our children to learn and to truly explore a world without walls.