St Oswald'sC of E AcademyChurch, School, Community


Welcome toSt Oswald'sC of E AcademyChurch, School, Community

Forest School

Welcome to St Oswald's Forest School 


Forest School seeks to engage with young people in a safe but challenging outdoor setting, encouraging them to respect and care for each other and take responsibility for their local environment.


Activities are put together in small manageable steps that we scaffold to allow the child to develop the skill they are learning, at their own pace and level.


All children of all abilities are able to enjoy and learn at Forest School.  The styles of learning used at Forest School maximise emotional, social and behavioural development. By helping the child to succeed in their task, it boosts their self esteem and confidence.


We aim to promote the holistic development of all those involved to develop resilience, confidence, independent and creative learners.


Let the learning journey begin!



The Forest School Ethos


Forest Schools originated in Scandinavia, where outdoor living and learning is totally embedded in society. Forest School was adopted by Denmark in the 1980's as a solution to the lack of buildings available for the number of nursery places required.

The philosophy of the Forest School was based upon the desire to provide children with an education which encouraged appreciation of the wider, natural world and which would encourage responsibility for nature conservation in later life.

Forest School was introduced in the UK, in 1995. Since then it has been rapidly developing in the UK, where trained and accredited Forest School leaders devise a learning program tailored to children's interests and individual needs.


Forest School Kit List



  • Wellington boots
  • Coat
  • Old Warm clothing (tops, jumpers, trousers)
  • Hat and gloves
  • Waterproof coat/trousers if possible
  • Change of clothes and shoes 

Outdoor Learning at Forest School