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Forest Schools

Forest School Experience


  • All pupils visit Forest School at Itchen Valley Country Park during Year 7. Further opportunities are sometimes offered to older pupils during their time at the Polygon.
  • 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 compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.


‘I don’t have ADHD when I`m out in the woods.’  David, aged 14


At Forest School all participants are viewed as:

  • equal, unique, and valuable

  • competent to explore & discover

  • entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge

  • entitled to choose, and to initiate and drive their own learning and development

  • entitled to experience regular success

  • entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people

  • entitled to develop a strong, positive relationship with their natural world


    The learner-centred approach interweaves with the ever-changing moods, marvels, and challenges of the natural world through the seasons to fill every Forest School session and programme with discovery and difference.