Forest School at Holy Cross follows the Forest School principles and is delivered by a qualified Forest School 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:

  • Forest School 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.
  • Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  • Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
  • Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  • Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  • Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.