Forest School at Holy Cross follows the Forest School principles and is delivered by a qualified FS teacher who visits the school weekly. Each class receives a block of Forest School which lasts a term.

The Forest School principles were first articulated by the Forest School Community in 2002. They were reviewed in 2011 and were published on the Institute for Outdoor Learning Forest School page in Feb 2012. These are the principles:

  • FS is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
  • FS takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  • FS uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
  • FS aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  • FS offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  • FS is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

These principles align fully with Holy Cross’ Curriculum Intent and with the Resilience Framework.