Emma Draper, who set up and runs The Churchwood Forest School in our woods, is delighted to announce that an Ofsted inspection has assessed the school as ‘Outstanding’, the highest accolade it can achieve.
Emma and her dedicated staff work extremely hard and are delighted that their efforts have been recognised by the inspector, who wished that more forest schools she inspected were like this one. The inspector was astonished that a two year old showed qualities such as confidence and risk awareness. Emma paid tribute to Caroline and Donna, the two teachers who lead the kindergarten part of the school, for their dedication to their vocation.
Churchwood’s guests with young families are welcome to make use of the Forest School Holiday Club in school holiday periods and many have already done so. Early booking is essential. For details see the Churchwood Forest School page here.
Originally a Scandinavian idea, Forest Schools operate on the principle that children of all ages can benefit greatly from the hands-on learning opportunities inherently present in a woodland environment. In an age when many children have few opportunities to be outdoors, it offers them a way to learn and experience a broad curriculum in a woodland setting