Forest School is about using the outdoors to promote confidence, self-esteem and independence. At St. Paul's we are passionate about developing the whole child, not just their academic ability. The benefits of Forest School to the children are many and include improved confidence, behaviour, concentration, independence, resilience, creativity and teamwork.
Our Forest School is led by Step Out who are fully qualified Level 3 Forest School Leaders.
Forest Schools continues the ethos of an already nurturing environment within St. Paul's and provides inclusion for all children. Forest Schools encourages children to develop their communication and social skills, alongside developing resilience, independence and perseverance outside of the classroom environment. Each week the children will engage in team building activities where they must work in pairs or groups to complete their tasks, through working together it will help support their self –esteem, boost their confidence and emotional well-being which can then be transferred back into school life. Praise and encouragement are in abundance from both peers and adults throughout each session.
We are currently applying to be an accredited Forest School Provider which would mean that we could train other Forest School teachers at school.