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.

The ethos is shared by thousands of trained practitioners across the UK and beyond. Its roots reach back to early years pioneers in outdoor learning and across the sea to Scandinavia.

Click here for more information directly from the Forest School website.

At The Mill, we have two Forest School trained teachers, Clare Maynard and Sarah Webb. Although they lead the sessions, each class has their teacher or teaching assistant with them when they go to Forest School sessions. Students at The Mill engage in 10 x 2 hour Forest School sessions each year.

Clothing: In order for sessions to be accessible to all children the following items of clothing are recommended:

  • Waterproof coat and trousers
  • Long sleeved top and a jumper
  • Full-length trousers/leggings
  • Wellies, or sturdy walking boots
  • Sun hat/sun cream where appropriate
Our curriculum is bespoke to us and is driven by the fact that we want children to leave the Mill secure in their own identity; familiar with their own community and sense of family; skilled in making connections with friends and the wider world.
Pupil Premium
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities. We continuously reflect on the best practice there is available in order to have the greatest impact.
Our regular newsletters are one of many ways that we celebrate their amazing successes, hard work and adventures. We always love to share how 'Forever Proud' we are of the children in The Mill community.