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What is Forest School ?

What is Forest School?


Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.


Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.


Forest School Association- 2019


Forest School at Stepgates

At Stepgates, all children will be able to take part in Forest School sessions. This year, each class will take part in sessions across a 6 week period.  Each class will be split in to two groups and will travel to the farm in the school minibus. 


Our aim at all Forest School sessions, is to provide children with opportunities to practice and support their spiritual, practical, intellectual, communication, emotional and social development. This holistic approach provides opportunities to improve the children's personal development and understanding of their world. The sessions are not outcome driven. Sessions are built around children's interests and needs. Practical activities, games and discussion are on offer to help support the children; to drive their interests and deepen their understanding of their own needs and knowledge of the world around them, developing their confidence at the same time.


By being in a natural environment, the children are able to face new challenges whilst giving consideration to the environment itself. The children are given the opportunity to learn about their impact on the natural world and what they can do to take positive steps to support its development.


Whilst at the farm, the children are given the responsibility of taking ownership of the site, working with Mr Ruby, the Land Owner, to ensure the woodland is looked after and maintained. 




Stepgates Community School
  • Stepgates Community School
  • Stepgates, Chertsey,
  • Surrey, KT16 8HT,
  • United Kingdom
  • If you have any queries please contact Mrs Kemp
  • Our SENDCo is Mrs Diana Muller who can be contacted via the school email address
  • Telephone: 01932 563022
  • Email: info@stepgates.surrey.sch.uk
  • For Absences please email: office@stepgates.surrey.sch.uk
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