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About Us

Derby Forest School was set up to provide children and young people in and around Derby regular opportunities to experience the outdoors and develop a range of skills. We believe that children should have access to Forest School regardless of their background; we are committed to making it accessible to the children and young people that need it the most by offering free or subsidised places wherever we can. This may include for children in care or those who have been recently adopted, children with special educational needs, children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and young people with mental health difficulties.


About Forest School

Forest School is defined as “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". (Forest School Association),  It is a proven technique which supports children's emotional, physical and psychological well-being, encouraging them to become more resilient, independent, confident and creative. Children are supported by skilled practitioners to participate in real life activities such as cooking on campfires, creating woodland crafts, building dens or simply exploring the natural environment around them. Some of the activities may be challenging but all children will be assisted to persevere, developing reslience as they overcome difficulties and creativity as they find new ways of doing things, all valuable skills which will aid them throughout their lives.

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